Hike Lookout Mountain, Montreat

Lookout Trail Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Edward Webb

Looking for a short, steep hike over varied terrain that ends in amazing views? Lookout Mountain might just be what you're looking for!

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains is Montreat, North Carolina. Just down the road from Asheville, it neighbors Black Mountain and doesn't disappoint for views. Montreat itself houses a plethora of hiking trails, but the cream of the crop HAS to be Lookout Mountain. After a weekend of checking out trails in the area, it remains my favorite hike, it's just that awesome!

This hike should be treated as Intermediate to Advanced, as it does gain 623 feet of elevation of 1.1 miles, and a good majority of that is gained towards the end. You will be scaling some rocks, so come prepared going up and down the trail to Lookout (see pictures for examples).

Many of the trails in Montreat are exquisitely maintained, and several of them are blazed with new water walls keeping the trail system from eroding away. But do exercise caution if you're hiking during or after it has rained in the area.

Once you reach the top you will be treated with stunning views of Montreat and the Seven Sisters that overlook Montreat, and can also be seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Be sure to check out all the other trails at Montreat using this handy Montreat Trail Description sheet.

Distance

1.1 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

623 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Fitness, Chillin, Photography, Running, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Groups
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Lit

My favorite hike I've done because it's short but challenging with the elevation gain and has amazing views

Amazing Experience

This was by far one of the best places I've been to yet in NC. The hike wasn't too hard. It got a little intense at parts but it was relatively short. Once at the top the view totally blew my mind. There is a 180 degree view of the beautiful Black Mountains. This is totally a trip worth the drive as well as the hike. I'd definitely hit this up if you have the chance!

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