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blueBlack Lookout Peak Trail

  4.2 ( 6 ) Favorite


4.9 mile 7.8 kilometer out and back


Ascent: 1,948' 594 m
Descent: -1,947' -593 m
High: 10,690' 3,258 m
Low: 8,744' 2,665 m


Avg Grade: 15% (9°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)


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Trail shared by Nick Wilder

An unknown gem of the front range!

Nick Wilder

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It seems like nobody knows of this trail, but it's a real gem and a short drive from the front range. A really cool "lookout" rock formation on top with full 360° views of Rocky Mountain National Park and the Indian Peaks.

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Parking is VERY limited at the end of the dirt road. You may have to hike in.


Start off with a gentle forested trail along a creek, passing a few well-marked intersections. Cross a few streambeds and continue up heavily forested terrain on excellent trail.

You'll reach a saddle after 1.5 miles or so, where the trail levels off and the trees open up a lot. It is VERY easy to get lost here! Use the mobile app to stay on the trail.

Take a left at the saddle (it will be tempting to go right) and try to find the easiest path to the summit. You might find cairns, but you might not, and it doesn't matter as long as you keep heading uphill.

At the summit, there is a really cool rock "lookout." Scramble up to the top and enjoy some of the very best views of the area: Twin Sisters, Longs Peak, the Saint Vrain valley, and the Indian Peaks.

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Jun 4, 2019
Paul H
Snow stopped climb about 2/3rds of the way up but others were proceeding higher. 3.1mi
Aug 1, 2018
Swapan Chauhan
Trail is a constant incline. You'll reach the cleaning after 2.2 miles. Go left and follow the orange/pink flags to reach the final summit. 5mi
Apr 22, 2018
Leslie Dobbelstein
Jan 7, 2018
Levi Reisinger
Great challenging hike. Beautiful 360 vista at the top of the rock with an incredible view of the southern side of Longs Peak. 6mi
May 11, 2017
Patrick Irvin
Had to turn around about halfway up. Too much snow covering trail...could not follow it
May 7, 2017
Shane Snavely
Nov 3, 2016
Jessyca Dudley
Sep 20, 2016
Michael Ahnemann

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