Sunset Rock Lookout Mountain Battlefield, TN
miles
LENGTH 0.2 MILES
DIFFICULTY 0.9 Easy
DURATION 30 minutes
ELEVATION GAIN
90
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Sunset Rock

Score an amazing view from Sunset Rock on the west face of Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga on this short easy hike that won't leave you too hot and sweaty. An great option if you're just passing through town and want to grab a quick view. Bring the dog and the kids!

The parking lot is small with only 9 parking spots. The sign says 9 but at best I'd say 8 and a half. The rock-paved trail immediately begins to descend. I'm not sure why they laid down rock along the entire trail, if wet I can imagine it becoming quite hazardous.

After a short tenth of a mile, the trail ends at the open rock ledge of Sunset Rock. From here you'll get 180-degree views toward west Chattanooga, the Tennessee River Gorge and Prentice Cooper State Forest. From here, other trails connect giving you lots of options for longer hikes starting from here. For a longer adventure, try hiking the route to Sunset Rock from Point Park along the Bluff Trail.

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Elevation Map Length (miles) by Elevation (feet)
Slope Breakdown
Elevation Gain
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Gain
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
0 ft
0 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0 ft
0 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
123 ft
15 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
104 ft
19 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
312 ft
68 ft
For out-and-back hikes, elevation loss is the same as the gain.
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Navigation
0.0 mi
0.0 mi - Trailhead
0.1 mi
0.1 mi - Sunset Rock If you explore the connecting trails you'll find several other views, though none quite as open as Sunset Rock in the vicinity.
Details
length0.2 miles
difficulty0.9 Easy
duration30 minutes
features Dog Friendly  History  Views 
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeNone
elevation gain90 ft.
state Tennessee 
park/forestLookout Mountain Battlefield
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
hoursSunrise - Sunset
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 35.000357, -85.35443 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 35°0.02, W 85°21.27 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 35°0'01'', N 35°0'01'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
35.000357, -85.35443 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 35°0.02, W 85°21.27 most GPS units use this one
N 35°0'01'', N 35°0'01'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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Parking Capacity
9 parking spots
Notes
Take caution on the rock-paved trail if wet.
Watch kids and dogs along the edge of Sunset Rock. A fall from here would not be good.
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Average Review Rating
5 (1)
hikethesouth-4 months ago
Short But Amazing
You can barely consider this a hike, but for a tenth of a mile walk done a paved path you'll be treated with an amazing view from Sunset Rock. A great short stop if you don't have time for a longer hike. Well worth the drive up Lookout Mountain.
Easy | Hiked Fall 2019
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