Lookout Mountain Lookout Mountains non-motorized trails are open to hikers, runners, bicyclists, and equestrians and provide diverse experiences. The more difficult one mile trail to the summit has an elevation gain of 600 feet with wonderful craggy switchbacks near the top. Its breathtaking summit view displays the entire San Luis Valley and the Upper Rio Grande corridor. Mid way and at the base of the mountain are nearly four miles of looping trails, which are easy to moderate in difficulty. They are flanked by sage, cedar, rabbit brush, prickly pear cactus, yucca, grama grass, Indian paintbrush, and many other wild flowers. The trails also connect the town to BLM land on the south and to the Rio Grande Hospital and Medical Center on the west.