Ascent of Lookout Mountain on 2008-10-07

Climber: Tom Owen

Date:Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lookout Mountain
    Elevation:2146 ft / 654 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hamilton county’s two points are on Lookout Mountain overlooking Chattanooga and are only about .1 mile apart.

The first HP is in a front yard on Bragg Ave. The Lookout BM is on the opposite side of the road a few hundred feet south of the HP.
The water tower is east of the first point. It was being painted/sandblasted when I arrived and there were workman hanging off it so unfortunately I was not “the highest” person in Hamilton county but I was able to walk around inside the fence before they ran me off

This is my home county so I could go on and on about it but I’ll just say if it’s views you are after then try Point Park on East Brow road ($3 park entry fee…unless you sneak in early in the morning) for views to the north and east and of the city. Sunset Rock on West brow – there is a VERY small parking area on W Brow and you walk down to this popular rock climbing spot for views to the north and west.
If you are visiting, I recommend riding the historic Incline Railway (“the worlds most amazing half mile”) to the top and walking to both HPs (only about a third of a mile).
If you’d rather see nature and hoof it you can park at the Chattanooga Nature center and hike to the top of Lookout via Sunset Rock and then walk through the neighborhood to the HP but this would be an all day affair and almost 2000 feet of elevation change from the bottom.
Also in the area are Rock City and Ruby Falls…this area abounds with tourists ‘traps.’ Make a weekend out of it.

The Incline Rail way is located at 3917 St. Elmo Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37409 and costs about $15 to ride up and down.
The Nature Center is located at 400 Garden Road, Chattanooga, TN 37419 of US-41/64

Lookout Mtn 2146 ft 35.00510 -85.34420
Water tower 2140+ ft 35.00329 -85.34527
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    Route Conditions:
Road Hike

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