Lookout Mountain is one of the smaller units of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve system.
Much of this mountain is composed of the remains of volcanic eruptions that occurred
late in the Tertiary Period, some 25 million years ago. The skyline is easily recognized
from anywhere in the north Phoenix area.
We met at LOM Park where there are restrooms and plenty of parking spots.
After finding a stranger to take a group photo, we began our counterclockwise trek on
trail #308 from the south side, moving around east and then around to the north side,
where there is a small parking lot and a trailhead with no restrooms.
This is the same route that hundreds of hikers follow during the Phoenix Summit Challenge
every year in November.
Trail 308 on the north side begins a fairly steep climb and meets up with the summit trail,
#150. At this point the group decided they would like to go to the top so up, up, up we
went. This trail is steep and rocky with a short rock scramble near the top.
The view from the top is worth the effort.