Lookout Mountain Summit Trail

Phoenix, Arizona 85022

Lookout Mountain Summit Trail

Lookout Mountain Summit Trail Professional Review and Guide

"As with other desert hikes, take water along on this one. Even on cool winter days, full exposure can dehydrate both you and especially your dog in record time. In spring and fall, try to get on the trail early in the morning.

You will stay cooler and see more wildlife. Begin this hiker-only route on the wide path leading from the trailhead parking lot. The path narrows and begins a gentle ascent westward. A trail-conditioned dog will have no problem with the rocky path, which is steep and loose in places as you approach the flat-topped summit."

More Lookout Mountain Summit Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A short moderate hike to a nice viewpoint atop Lookout Mountain."

"Hidden Valley Trail is the hidden gem of South Mountain that traverses an enclave of wilderness where all signs of the city disappear. Perched atop the Guadalupe Range, this quiet half-mile trail boasts some of the most scenic rock formations in the region, including a natural rock tunnel and Fat Man’s Pass.

Begin by hiking southwest along an obvious trail covered in gravel and crushed rock. Open desert terrain characterizes the
foothills here, and only occasional creosote bushes and palo verde trees break the wide expanses."

"An easily accessible walk around a prominent hill in the Sonoran Desert, this trail provides a 360-degree view of the northern suburbs of Phoenix.

Though you’re still near those suburbs, it doesn’t feel like it, and you can easily imagine the time, not so long ago, when this was all open desert. Keep an eye out for coyotes. You might also spot typical desert birds such as roadrunners or Gila woodpeckers. For those who want a little longer hike, a spur trail leads to the top of Lookout Mountain. surface: Dirt and rocks"

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11/15/2009
This is a short hike, but definitely one to get the blood pumping! Some areas near the top have rocky, difficult footing and the white dots you are intended to follow to stay on the trail are not always clear. The view from the top is amazing! I would not recommend taking a small dog unless you plan on carrying it at least part of the way. Larger dogs can probably handle the rocky parts.
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8/15/2009
This was a very short trail. On the peak there were swarms of bugs that covered myself and my hiking partner. They were nasty. Also some guy and his two little kids were spray-painting some graffiti on the top while we hiked past them.
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Trail Information

Phoenix
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
1.2
Distance
493 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
Best October through April
Season
1,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,054 feet
Top Elevation
Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area
Local Contacts
Sunnyslope USGS
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018