Lookout Trail

At A Glance

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0.6 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 0.6 (More Difficult)
Steepness: Climbs Steeply
Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Blaze Color: Yellow

This trail is located in the Montreat area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Montreat trails list page.


Climbs moderately through a nice cove before a few switchbacks on new stretches of trail up to the Old Trestle Road. Climbs steeply beyond Trestle Road along the ridge with stairs in places. A few stretches just before the overlook have exposed rocks and light rock scrambling; trail is severely eroded in places. Overlook has outstanding views of Montreat, the Seven Sisters ridge, and the Swannanoa Valley.

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Trail Segments

Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

Lookout - Parking to Trestle Road

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.39 mi

Lookout - Trestle Road to Overlook

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.16 mi

Lookout - Overlook to Lookout Mountain

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.17 mi

Total Calculated Length: 0.72 mi

This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.

Intersecting Trails

  • East Ridge
  • Old Trestle Road
  • Rainbow Road
  • Hickory Ridge
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