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Looking Glass Rock Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

2.7 mile 4.3 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,595' 486 m
Descent: -21' -6 m
High: 3,917' 1,194 m
Low: 2,322' 708 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Russell Hobart

A powerful trail to the summit of Looking Glass.

Russell Hobart

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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Sep 2, 2019
Anna Buchanan
Takes about an hour and a half to two hours to reach the top. Stunning views! — 1h 30m
Aug 31, 2019
C Ward
2.7mi — 3h 45m
Aug 10, 2019
Will Baldwin
Jul 28, 2019
Billy Watson
Worth the climb.
Jul 22, 2019
Zuzanna Wojcieszak
2.7mi — 1h 45m
Jun 23, 2019
Melinda Champion
temp was not hot just very humid. beautiful views
May 26, 2019
Brian Keith
Not hard, yet not easy. The elevation gain is deceiving. 5.9mi — 2h 52m
May 9, 2019
Megan Whitlow

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  4.5 from 30 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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