This trail (and mountain) is located smack dab in the middle of the city, and at times I felt like I was in the middle of nowhere. I only saw about 4 other people, and most were hiking the summit. Peaceful and relaxing, it may not be in my top 10, but it was defiantly worth my time. You'll know you are there when you see the big water tower at the south end of the parking lot. Start near the water tower, and just a few minutes from the trailhead is where 2 trails split. Trail #150 goes up to the summit of Lookout Mountain. The circumference loop continues on trail # 308. Follow the signs. This is a great hike to bring your dog. Be sure to bring enough water, since it is absent on the trail. Saguaros are almost absent here, but there is plenty of desert plant life to remind you of the beauty of the Arizona Desert.
The trail is rocky, and rough at times, but it's a fairly easy hike to just get away for a couple hours. When you are done with this one, take a shot at the summit trail. That one is a breather, and they both make for quite a nice morning/early afternoon. I usually try to do both when I go. When you go in the Spring, you can expect to see beautiful yellow brittlebush flowers.
There are several homes there that call their backyard the beautiful mountainside. Wouldn't that be nice! Reguardless of the several homes, I still felt like I was away from the city.
Have fun, take pictures and be sure to bring enough water for the trip. Obviously don't hike this trail in the summer unless it's very early.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
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