OverviewPhilmont Scout Ranch in Northern New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Lookout Peak just barely has 350ft of prominence and is somewhat overshadowed by its higher neighbor Burn Peak. Lookout Peak is an easily accessible peak with a very well maintained trail going over it's summit. It is located in an awesome, low traveled portion of Philmont Scout Ranch's southern backcountry. Views from the summit include much of the the terrain south of Philmont's boundaries along with the Rayado Creek area and Beaubien Meadows. It is often popular to combine Lookout Peak with Burn Peak, Crater Peak and Rayado Peak in a day.
Getting TherePhilmont is around a 4-5 hour drive from Denver or Albuquerque. It is located just a few miles south of Cimarron, New Mexico.
From Cimarron- Take Hwy 21 south for about five miles. Philmont Camping Head Quarters (CHQ) will be on the right side. This is where you will go if your a camper at Philmont. If your staff or if you have permission to hike Crater Peak, you can drive just a little past CHQ and take a right onto Lovers Leap Road. You can then park at Lover's Leap Turnaround and start hiking from here. Or, you could drive to the Zastrow Turnaround and hike from here. Both Turnarounds (trailheads) are similar distances from Lookout Peak.
Address: Philmont Scout Ranch
17 Deer Run Road
Cimarron, NM 87714
Phone: (575) 376-2281
Fax: (575) 376-2602
Winter hiking is a no go. Philmont does offer a winter program called Kanuk, however, the winter activities are most limited to things around Camping Head Quarters (unless your staff or have special permission). Essentially, this peak can only be hiked during the summer (May- August) when Philmont's summer program is in operation.
When to ClimbThe main season to climb lookout is when Philmont is in full operation, so that is late May through mid August. After that, access is limited unless you are in a special Philmont program that starts after the season is over. Also, in the summer be sure to be off the summit before afternoon thunderstorms roll in.
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