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Lookout Mountain Hike {Because Life Needs a Little Bold!}

Tracking PixelStep out of your comfort zone with this bold hike to Lookout Mountain Montreat near Asheville, NC.  

I’ve partnered up with LISTERINE® Brand to share this hike with you!  As always, all opinions are my own.


Hi everyone!

I’ve been feeling a little blue lately and honestly have been in a great need of a pick-me-up.   Luckily I live in a place where there are endless places to clear your mind… like Lookout Mountain Montreat.

The mountains have a certain way of healing your soul.


My good friend Marilyn and I have been talking about doing some mid-week hiking for a long time and our schedules finally freed up last week to make it happen.  Perfect timing to get me out of my funk and go do something BOLD!  Even sweet Evelyn was up for the adventure.  Remember Evelyn’s baby sprinkle?   

Evelyn is already a hiking pro, trecking dozens of miles with her family through the mountains.


Marilyn and I decided to tackle Lookout Mountain Montreat for a new adventure.  Neither of us had done this hike before and we heard it’s a pretty intense climb to the top!

The trailhead was well marked and easy to find.  

I’ll include more specifics on getting there at the bottom of this post.


The hike starts off pretty mellow with a sloping grade to the top.


Signs and blaze yellow arrows lead the way.


At this point we are loving life!


The hike quickly starts gaining elevation.  The well-traveled path has steep wooden stairs that carry you up.

On average this hike is near 25% grade and climbs 700 vertical feet.  We were feeling the burn in the quads!


The tricky part is right before you reach the summit.

We approached these rocks and weren’t exactly sure how we were going to maneuver them.  But a closer look showed a pretty worn path to climb up to the top.  They looked a little scarier than they actually were, but you have to be pretty good on your feet to get past this.


There were three rocky sections like this one before getting some of our first views of the day.

So pretty!


But just around the corner we found the big payoff!!!!!

How’s that for a bold move?


I could quickly see why they call this hike Lookout Mountain Montreat!  The views are insane and you can lookout for miles and miles!


Sweet baby Evelyn could not stop laughing!   She thought our hiking skillz were pretty funny… or maybe she just thought I was funny. 🙂

 Don’t answer that…


We snapped a few more photos and took in the views.


I instantly felt less stressed and calm.


The mountains are pretty powerful.


I had so much fun on my bold new hike, that I’d like to encourage you to do the same!  Whether it’s this same hike at Lookout Mountain Montreat or some other adventure, take a step outside your comfort zone and be adventurous, courageous, daring, strong or even just silly!


Bold is fuel that ignites to exceed your own expectations and take on a world of possibilities.  Being bold is having a passion for life, new experiences, knowledge and people… all things I try to embrace daily!  I’m a firm believer that adventure comes in many forms and is a key to a happy life.

For me being bold this week was going on a hike with one of my best friends.  Perhaps next week it involves flying in our small airplane.  Either way, the sky is really the limit.


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Lookout Mountain Montreat Hike Details:

Take the only road into Montreat (NC 9) past the stone entrance.  One mile beyond the gate, turn right on Lookout Road.  Drive for about a half mile and you will see the well-marked trailhead to the right.

This hike is just under .60 mile one way, but it is steep, gaining 700 feet in that distance.  You will need to scramble up rocks to reach the top.  It’s not hard, but make sure you can maneuver well before heading out.


Want to try this hike?  Pin this to one of your favorite boards for later!


I’ll be doing more BOLD adventures in coming weeks!  Can’t wait to share them with you.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of LISTERINE® Brand.


Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Come back tomorrow for a fall inspired Crock Pot Granola recipe.

I’m linking this post with Marvelous Monday,  Jill Conyers for Fitness Friday & Inspired to be Fit, Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday,  Coaches Corner, and Annmarie for Wild Workout Wednesday.

Your turn!

What would you consider a BOLD activity?

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  1. Nicki October 3, 2016 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    That’s beautiful and going on my list of hikes I will take soon. I headed west (since I’m in Haywood County) Sunday and up near Mile High Campground. We pulled off on some logging roads and let the dog out and had a blast.
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    • JulieWunder October 8, 2016 at 4:15 pm - Reply

      Ohhh I’ve heard that’s beautiful! I hope you have a great time!

  2. [email protected] the Long Way Home September 30, 2016 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Looks like a beautiful hike!
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  3. kimmythevegan September 22, 2016 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    What an amazing hike! Sounds tough, but well worth it – those views are amazing.
    I tend to hike at least a couple of times a week, though it tends to be the same hikes. I’m starting to try and go to different places to switch things up – this will help keep me motivated!
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    • JulieWunder October 2, 2016 at 9:44 am - Reply

      Hi Kimmy! I totally feel ya! I tend to be a creature of habit too.

  4. Divya September 22, 2016 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Such great pictures! I just moved to TN from California and, though I’m not particularly happy about this change, I’m loving the hiking here!

    • JulieWunder October 2, 2016 at 9:44 am - Reply

      Hi Divya! I felt the same way when I moved here from Florida, but over the years it really grew on me and now I’ll probably never leave. I love Asheville. You’d really enjoy the hiking here!

  5. Jeff Proctor September 22, 2016 at 11:08 am - Reply

    This looks like a fun trip!! I live in Blacksburg VA, so not too far from you. We have a lot of great hiking spots up here too.

    • JulieWunder October 2, 2016 at 9:42 am - Reply

      Yes! You will have to try it out! It’s a lot of fun!

  6. Wendy September 22, 2016 at 8:03 am - Reply

    Nothing better than a great day hiking! It has been too long since I’ve been. I love seeing all of your photos.

  7. Lindsay Cotter September 21, 2016 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    What a great place to go hiking! So beautiful!
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  8. Emily Kyle September 21, 2016 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    I’ve always wanted to go on a hike like this! I can’t wait to try something bold like this one day!
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  9. Chrissa - Physical Kitchness September 21, 2016 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    Yep totally added this to my bucket list! I’ve heard NC has gorgeous areas to hike. Would love to take my hubby there!

  10. Sarah- A Whisk and Two Wands September 21, 2016 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! My family and I love hiking and being outdoors! This looks so fun and peaceful, will definitely have to add it to our list!

  11. REBECCA SULLIVAN September 21, 2016 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Wow thanks for sharing this lovely backdrop!!!

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    Happy Wednesday!!!!

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  12. REBECCA SULLIVAN September 21, 2016 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Wow thanks for sharing this lovely backdrop!!!

    I am launching another 3-part collaboration starting this week with fashion-forward brand STAYING SUMMER – come on over at the blog & see what I am excited about!

    Happy Wednesday!


  13. Patricia @Sweet and Strong September 21, 2016 at 9:33 am - Reply

    Your pictures are beautiful! I love a good hike, but would be nervous of the rocks too. With those views ahead I could probably power through. A BOLD activity for me is trying anything new, whether it be a class, adventure, or meeting new people. I’m always super nervous at first but usually so happy I did it.

  14. Jen @ Pretty Little Grub September 21, 2016 at 9:32 am - Reply

    Looks like a beautiful hike. Nothing makes me feel better than climbing a mountain. Such accomplishment once you reach the peak.
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  15. Annmarie September 21, 2016 at 8:30 am - Reply

    Oh my gosh, how pretty! I haven’t been for a real hike in such a long time but I AM going to be running through the Adirondacks this weekend and I am really looking forward to it!
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  16. Emily September 21, 2016 at 12:55 am - Reply

    This looks like a great adventure!! I love Hiking and and thankful we have lots of fun places to hike here!!

  17. Toughcookiemommy September 20, 2016 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    This is such a beautiful place. I’ve never been a big fan of hiking, however, if I had this view to enjoy I might change my mind about it.

  18. Chelley @ A is For Adelaide September 20, 2016 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Such an amazing hike and WITH a baby?!?! You define BOLD!
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  19. Edye September 20, 2016 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    Hiking is so fun! I no idea North Carolina has such beautiful scenery! 🙂
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  20. Elizabeth O September 20, 2016 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    What a great adventure! I was delighted to see another Lookout Mountain as I’ve hiked the one on my side of the pond. I loved your photos too as hiking is something I love.

  21. Sonali- The Foodie Physician September 20, 2016 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Wow! What an awesome hike and so many breathtaking views and photos! I think it’s amazing that baby Evelyn made the trip with you guys- so cool!
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  22. Heather @ FITaspire September 20, 2016 at 10:25 am - Reply

    I’ve done this hike! 🙂 A bold activity to me is anything that challenges your limits (which is probably different for everyone). Like hiking 14ers when you’re a little afraid of heights. 🙂

    • JulieWunder September 20, 2016 at 2:57 pm - Reply

      How cool! Glad you did it too. Yes, that is a bold move!

  23. Taylor Kiser September 20, 2016 at 7:57 am - Reply

    The scenery is absolutely breathtaking! I can see how this would be a great place to go for a hike for a change in my mood!
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  24. Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com September 20, 2016 at 6:53 am - Reply

    I love hiking! This looks absolutely beautiful, great pictures!!
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  25. Carrie September 20, 2016 at 2:25 am - Reply

    Looks like a great hike and what stunning views! We are headed up to the family cabin tomorrow and we have a 3 hour hike to the top! But the views are amazing there as well!
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  26. CourtneyLynne September 20, 2016 at 12:49 am - Reply

    Woah! Looks like you had one awesome hike!!!! Nature is just so beautiful. Best part about hiking!

  27. Alisa @ Go Dairy Free September 20, 2016 at 12:21 am - Reply

    What a beautiful hike! You are reminding me that I need to get outside ASAP. Love the pictures – too much fun.
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    • JulieWunder September 20, 2016 at 2:53 pm - Reply

      Thanks Alisa! It’s easy to get cooped up in the house working from home!

  28. Mikki September 19, 2016 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    This hike looks like so much fun. My husband and I are getting more and more into hiking, so I’ll have to remember this one.
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    • JulieWunder September 20, 2016 at 2:52 pm - Reply

      It’s so much fun! I hope you get a chance to try it.

  29. [email protected] September 19, 2016 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Such pretty views. Sounds like a challenging hike but like you said it is a great payoff. I haven’t hiked in a long time!
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    • JulieWunder September 20, 2016 at 2:51 pm - Reply

      It’s so much fun! Hope you can try it sometime!

  30. Kristy from Southern In Law September 19, 2016 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    What a perfect way to cheer yourself up! I always find a good walk or hike helps me feel better!
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  31. Sandra Laflamme September 19, 2016 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    Such a gorgeous hike! We have great hiking here in NH! Looks like you had a ton of fun!

    • JulieWunder September 20, 2016 at 2:50 pm - Reply

      yes! Such a great way to spend a day. So happy you have access to trails too!

  32. [email protected] September 19, 2016 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    Sounds like you had an awesome hike with your friend. Little Evelyn is so cute! The scenery you shared is truly beautiful.
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    • JulieWunder September 20, 2016 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      Isn’t she? Such a doll! We had such a nice time.

  33. glenneth September 19, 2016 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    now that fall is here i hope to do more hiking. that looks like a gorgeous one and is fairly close to me (I’m in Tennessee).
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    • JulieWunder September 20, 2016 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      Oh yes! So many hikes between here and there!

  34. Laura September 19, 2016 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    We go hiking every week! It’s good for the body and soul! Love all these gorgeous pictures!
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  35. Michele September 19, 2016 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    I used to hike with my dogs back when I had one or two–now I am owned by a cat who really dos not like leashes!! Could I make it up that incline? Not anymore–at least not the last part–I would be a lot calmer taking a longer hike on a flat surface!!

    • JulieWunder September 20, 2016 at 2:48 pm - Reply

      I totally understand! There are some great flat ones around town too.

  36. Emily @Sinful Nutrition September 19, 2016 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh, this looks gorgeous! I didn’t make it on a hike this summer like I wanted to, but hoping there are still some nice weekends in the fall before it gets too cold to squeeze one in this year!

    • JulieWunder September 20, 2016 at 2:47 pm - Reply

      I hope so! Such a great way to spend a day.

  37. Susie @ SuzLyfe September 19, 2016 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    This totally takes me back–I haven’t been to Lookout Mountain in FOREVER! My brother went to camp not too far from there and I went with one time to pick him up.
    Um, we just got a puppy–I think that counts!
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  38. Debbie September 19, 2016 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Well that explains my life! I’ve been a Listerine user forever. My husband is even bolder, he uses the unflavored version! 🙂

  39. Dani @ Dani California Cooks September 19, 2016 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Hikes always boost my spirits too!
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  40. Kerri McGrail September 19, 2016 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Wow this looks like somewhere I definitely want to visit! Also as a future dentist- of course i love me some listerine! The purple one is my fav 🙂
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  41. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy September 19, 2016 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    I am so jealous of these views. I would love to live closer to a beautiful hiking spot like this.

  42. Blane Sherer September 19, 2016 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Glad you enjoyed your hike and thanks
    for sharing it with us. Beautiful shots !

  43. zee September 19, 2016 at 10:52 am - Reply

    So serene! Your post is a reminder that I need to get our more. to think that nature provides us with all this free beauty is indeed humbling.
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  44. zee September 19, 2016 at 10:51 am - Reply

    Wow! The environment in your pics does look serene. It reminds me that I need to make more effort to be outdoors.

    • JulieWunder September 20, 2016 at 2:44 pm - Reply

      Being outdoors makes me happy! Thanks for stopping by today.

  45. amanda -runtothefinish September 19, 2016 at 10:45 am - Reply

    so fun!!! we have been hiking new places in CO every weekend, I haven’t ever had the chance to really explore NC though and I want to!
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    • JulieWunder September 20, 2016 at 2:44 pm - Reply

      You’d love it here too! I haven’t been to CO, but I hear it has similarities… just lower mountains. 🙂

  46. Jenn September 19, 2016 at 10:31 am - Reply

    WOW!! These views are amazing!! In Florida we have mostly flat land but Id love to make it up there one day to hike. It looks so peaceful!

    • JulieWunder September 20, 2016 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jenn! I grew up in Florida so I know the scene! So different up here.

  47. Emily September 19, 2016 at 10:18 am - Reply

    This is SO BEAUTIFUL, and I love how you brought a little one along! 🙂 All that climbing is always worth the breathtaking view at the top! God is an awesome Creator!
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  48. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner September 19, 2016 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Wow that looks like a fabulous hike! Those views are amazing and good for her for hiking up with the baby. Impressive!
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  49. Dan Steadman September 19, 2016 at 8:25 am - Reply

    that’d be a fun hike to take with the kids…I mean taking 3 kids hiking that’s pretty bold right?

    • JulieWunder September 20, 2016 at 2:41 pm - Reply

      haha! Yes, that’s bold!!! They’d love it though. It was kind of fun to scamper up the rocks at the end.

  50. Abbey September 19, 2016 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Wow what a view!!!! And amazing contest!
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  51. heather @Lunging Through Life September 19, 2016 at 7:43 am - Reply

    So many trails to hike where you live! I love the lookout. It’s crazy how far you can see! So glad you were able to go with your friend and have some time to destress.
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    • JulieWunder September 20, 2016 at 2:40 pm - Reply

      Thanks Heather! It was such a nice morning!

  52. Luci Buckner September 19, 2016 at 7:01 am - Reply

    Looking good Julie!!! Quite a climb!!! Wish I could climb like that but I’m many years older than you. Hiking is great for the mind!!! Glad it got you out of your funk!!! Wishing you a good Monday & week ahead….Peace to you…

    • JulieWunder September 20, 2016 at 2:36 pm - Reply

      Hi Luci! We’ll find you a flatter one 🙂 I’ve gotten my Dad with bad knees on the trails too. Try Moore Cove Falls! Hope you have a good week too.

  53. Alicia @Bridges Through Life September 19, 2016 at 6:49 am - Reply

    I love nature (well except for the bugs that like to bite me). That hike looks beautiful. I definitely want to work on hiking more. Such a great workout.

    • JulieWunder September 20, 2016 at 2:35 pm - Reply

      haha! Oh I feel ya! It is such a good workout. Hope you get a change to try it soon.

  54. Susanna @Zealous Mom September 19, 2016 at 6:48 am - Reply

    These pictures are gorgeous! I so wish I could have hiked with you. My mind and spirit could really use a hike these days. Your pictures are amazing. My dentist told me one time that mouthwash is integral to a comprehensive dental hygiene regimen, so thank you for this post and highlighting a great brand.

    • JulieWunder September 20, 2016 at 2:35 pm - Reply

      Sounds like your dentist is a smart man! We’ll go soon, Susanna!

  55. Mary Beth Jackson September 19, 2016 at 6:18 am - Reply

    Beautiful! I would love to do more hiking- it is just so peaceful! and definitely clears the mind! As far as bold goes, I did buy a new car this weekend and after owning my last one 7 years- that was pretty bold! 🙂 Happy Monday!
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    • JulieWunder September 20, 2016 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      That is pretty bold! Congrats on the new ride!

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