Trail #150

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Arizona, United States, North America
Route Type:
Hiking, Mountaineering, Scrambling
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Time Required:
Less than two hours
Easy walk-up with Class 4 variation if chosen

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Trail #150
Created On: Mar 4, 2007
Last Edited On: May 17, 2007

Route description

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 trail starts out by following the Circumference trail 308 on an easy rocky path to the Southwest end of the parking lot. Follow it for about 0.1 mile where it meets up with the summit trail 150. Continue South up the zigzagging summit trail 150 for about another 0.2-0.3 miles until you reach the saddle. Here you have two options. You can either climb up the West Summit which consists of some gnarly Class 4 rock if you climb from the North side of it, or some easy Class 3 rock if you climb around to the South side of it. To get there once you reach the saddle, take a right. The summit will be obvious, the trail around to the South side of it will not. Skirt around the trail to the right and ascend the West Summit. Be sure to check the stability of the rock as you ascend this portion, as it appears to be somewhat unstable basalt.

To get to the East Summit once you reach the saddle, you will want to go left and ascend another 0.2 miles or so to the obvious East Summit. This summit is actually the higher of the two, but not necessarily the most challenging. Once done, descend back to your car the way you came up.

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

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

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