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Looking Glass Rock Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (48)

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 48 votes

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  4.5 from 48 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 30, 2021
Andrew Larey
6.5mi — 5h 00m
Oct 9, 2021
Chris Lamela
Good steep climb with rhododendron that must be beautiful in spring. — 1h 30m
Jun 20, 2021
Suzette Gachez Brooks
Loved it! 5.8mi — 2h 19m
Apr 21, 2021
Jennifer Hubbel
Mar 21, 2021
Chilehead Craig
5.4mi — 2h 15m
Feb 12, 2021
Kataleeya Cashion
2.3mi — 2h 12m
Jan 6, 2021
Troy Warnken
after the switchbacks end the trail gets steeper and very sloppy 6.2mi — 3h 24m
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