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Looking Glass Rock Trail

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 4.5 (41)

A powerful trail to the summit of Looking Glass.


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Map Key

2.7

Miles

4.3

KM

Point to Point

3,917' 1,194 m

High

2,322' 708 m

Low

1,595' 486 m

Up

21' 6 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Description

From the trailhead, you'll start out with an easy climb above Chestnut Creek. Big hardwood trees surround you through the broad switchbacks in an open valley. After a while, you start to quickly gain elevation with tighter switchbacks through more closed off rhododendron tunnels. Things begin to open up as you get higher, and eventually it feels like it levels off. Soon you to get hints of the precipices that are just out of sight until you summit. You are greeted by huge views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the exposed granite dome of Looking Glass.

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Shared By:

Russell Hobart

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 41 votes

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  4.5 from 41 votes
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Views from the summit of Looking Glass Rock.
Oct 27, 2016 near Brevard, NC
Looking Glass Rock payoff
Mar 5, 2018 near Brevard, NC
View from Looking Glass Rock
Nov 19, 2018 near Brevard, NC

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Oct 31, 2020
Brian Condit
Muddy trail with lots of erosion due to high usage. The view was well worth the climb! Very popular and lots of people to share the trail with. 5.4mi — 3h 00m
Sep 3, 2020
Kendyl Condon
Very challenging hike for myself. Most amazing vista view I have seen. 6.5mi — 3h 30m
Jul 26, 2020
Chris Scott
2.7mi
Jul 16, 2020
Scott Sallade
Jul 5, 2020
Michael Sander
Jul 3, 2020
Ryan Auger
Mar 9, 2020
Charlie Scharfen
Down and back for a 6 mile hike. A little steep and chunky going up half way through. Amazing views at the top. Strenuous due to stair step features 5.4mi
Feb 7, 2020
Tommy Diehl
12h 55m