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Looking Glass Rock Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (44)

A powerful trail to the summit of Looking Glass.


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Map Key

2.7

Miles

4.3

KM

69%

Runnable

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

Runner Notes

A good, even trail that tends to get sloppy near the top.

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Russell Hobart

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  4.5 from 44 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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Apr 2, 2020
Trevor Hill
Aug 19, 2018
Jordan Braswell
My gps said it was 3.1 one miles from my car to the viewing area 6.2mi