​Lookout and Shadow Mountains

mountain scene


Lookout Mountain Trailhead
15800 N. 16th St.


 

Shadow Mountain
2603 E. Acoma Dr. 



Trailhead Hours:

5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

*Gated entrances will close.  Trails remain open until 11 p.m.

Contact Information:

Ranger Office:  602-262-7901

Natural Resources Office
(Business Hours Only):  602-495-5458

Contact Natural Resource staff regarding resource management at desert preserves or call 602-261-8318


 

 

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These mountains are smaller cousins to the more popular North Mountain area, located just to the south. Though lower in elevation than nearby summits, these two mountains provide a chance to hike to a peak and enjoy vistas without the crowds and steep elevation gains of nearby Piestewa Peak and North Mountain.



Trail #150 - Lookout Mountain Summit Trail

Length: .6 mile

Elevation: 1,580 ft. - 2,054 ft.

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

The trailhead is located on 16th Street, south of Greenway Parkway. The short trail to the top climbs more than 500 feet in just under one mile. This trail also is accessible from Lookout Mountain Park, located at 18th Street and Sharon Drive. An access trail from the park joins the Circumference trail in .2 of a mile.


Trail #308 - Lookout Mountain Circumference Trail

Length: 2.6 mile loop Elevation: 1,550 ft - 1,700 ft.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

From the 16th Street trailhead, this trail loops around Lookout Mountain. There are frequent short climbs and descents along the trail. This trail also is accessible from Lookout Mountain Park, located at 18th Street and Sharon Drive. You must take the access trail from the park and join the Circumference Trail to get to the 16th Street trailhead, where you can access the Summit Trail.


#310 - Shadow Mountain Big Loop

Length: 1.6 mile loop

Elevation: 1,550 ft. - 1,810 ft.

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult Trail


 

 

#312 - Shadow Mountain Small Loop

Length: 0.8 mile loop

Elevation: 1,580 ft. - 1,645 ft.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate