Lookout Mountain

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Arizona, United States, North America
Hiking, Mountaineering, Scrambling
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
2054 ft / 626 m
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Lookout Mountain
Created On: Mar 4, 2007
Last Edited On: Mar 9, 2007


East Summit
Alpenglow on the East SummitEast Summit
West summit of Lookout MountainWest Summit

Difficulty: Easy class 1
Distance: 1 mile round-trip
Elevation Gain: 475 feet

West Summit



Difficulty: Easy class 1 up to Class 3 with optional class 4 variation
Distance: 1 mile round-trip
Elevation Gain: About 400 feet

This is a quick and easy summit. A nice way to add another peak to your collection. There are two variations. You can climb to the higher and easier East Summit or you can tag the lower but more dangerous West Summit. The trail to the East Summit is nicely graded with only a few steep, but easy sections. There is loose rock on the way but nothing that is major or undoable for the novice. As for the West summit, the trail leading to the saddle is the same but then it changes. On the Northern side of the West Summit, the mountain slopes steeply away, if you decide to climb from this side you will encounter some gnarly 4th class rock. However if you swing around to the South Side of the West summit, there is an easy Class 3 ascent available to the top.

Summit shadow looking EastSummit view looking to the East

Getting There

From Interstate 17 heading North

Follow I-17 North until you reach the Bell Road exit (#212). Turn East (right) onto Bell Road until you reach 16th Street. Take a right onto 16th Street and continue to drive South. At this point the mountain will be obvious. Continue until the road deadends in the parking lot. Park and climb.

Red Tape

Park is open Sunrise to Sunset
No Glass Containers
Dogs must be on a leash
Do not destroy or remove plants
If drinking alcoholic beverages, permit required

When to Climb

October through April is probably the best time of year to climb, due to Summer temperatures exceeding 110 degrees. Beware if hiking in the summer of the monsoons and lightning storms.

What to bring

I would bring at least a liter of water
Good hiking shoes

Weather Conditions

Click the Satellite picture for a video loop of current weather