This is an easy hike around the circumference of Lookout Mountain (about 2.6 miles). But, following that, most of us will trek to the top and back. Part of the ascending trail is steep (called “moderate”) but short (1/2 mile each way) and offers spectacular views.
Our hikes are generally at a pace conducive to social banter of interest to heathens, and allowing for time for photography. Expect this hike to last 2-3 hours… allowing plenty of time to arrive for Turkey dinners.
Here are photos from our trip 12/31/2011:
Here are photos from our trip 12/4/2010:
Here are maps of the area and other information:
here’s a photo of Lookout Mountain from North Mountain:
and for those not going to top (or even if you do) here is an interesting side trip (good for kids too)… “Somewhere over the rainbow” rock garden and junk yard:
Distance: 2.6 – 3.7 miles
Time: 2-3 hours
Difficulty: easy or moderate
Trail: packed gravel except rocky to the top
Elevation: 1580 ft. – 1847 ft. … 2054 ft. at peak
change: about 330 ft. or 470 ft. to top.
Parking: lot with facilities
Entry fees: no
Always carry and drink plenty of water!
Sunscreen and insect repellant is advised.
Supportive footwear is also advisable.
SAFETY FIRST… we have no medical provisions
How to find us: Meet at the Lookout Mountain Park trailhead parking lot… If lost or late, my cell is[masked]-5945.
To get there: From freeway 51 take the Cactus Rd. exit west a mile to N. Cave Creek Rd. . . From I-17, take the E. Thunderbird Rd. exit east 4 miles to N. Cave Creek Rd… Then go north on N. Cave Creek Rd. 1 mile to E. Sharon and turn left (west) and go ½ mile to N. 18th St and turn right and travel north about ½ mile to the end. The parking lot is on the right.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR CARPOOLERS:
Carpooling can save gas but also enhance the social experience. If you’d like to carpool, you must contact others for arrangements. You could email members or post on this announcement page comments.
Following the hike, those not needing to head off for Turkey-day dinners etc. will likely reconvene for rehydration nearby.