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Looking Glass 50 Miler

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Trail

49.6 mile 79.8 kilometer point to point
90% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 7,768' 2,368 m
Descent: -7,710' -2,350 m
High: 5,046' 1,538 m
Low: 2,131' 650 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)

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Trail shared by Brandon Thrower

A big loop hitting many of the highlights of classic Pisgah in the shadow of Looking Glass Rock!

Brandon Thrower

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Overview

The race starts at Pilot Cove right outside of Pisgah Forest, NC and then takes you on a scenic tour of Pisgah in the shadow of Looking Glass Rock. Epic trails, beautiful waterfalls, and stunning vistas all await you on this beast of a 50 miler in the heart of Pisgah.

Description

An extremely scenic tour of Pisgah in the shadow of Looking Glass Rock hitting multiple highlights, including; Art Loeb Trail, John Rock, Cove Creek Falls, Sick Rock Falls, Farlow Gap Trail, and Pilot Mountain.

Course Directions:

Start at Pilot Cove and run down road to US 276
Turn left onto US 276 and then right on US 64
Turn right onto Estastoe Trail and follow to Art Loeb TH at campground
Turn left onto Exercise Trail and follow to North Slope Trail
Turn left onto North Slope Trail and follow to North Slope Connector
Continue straight on North Slope Connector to Art Loeb Trail
Turn right onto Art Loeb Trail and follow to intersection with FS 475C (Aid 1) ~ mile 7
Continue on Art Loeb to intersection with FS 471 (aid 2) ~ mile 14.4
Continue on Art Loeb up and over Pilot Mtn to Deep gap Aid station (aid 3) ~ mile 17.7
Continue on Art Loob to Farlow Gap Trail #106
Turn right on Farlow Gap Trail and follow to Daniel's Ridge Trail #105
Turn left on Daniels Ridge Trail and follow to FS 5046
Turn left on FS 5046 and follow to FS 137
Turn left on FS 137 and follow to FS 475 at Daniel's Ridge TH (aid 4 crew access/ drop bag) - mile 24.8
Turn left onto FS 475 and follow to FS 809
Turn left onto FS 809 and follow to Cove Creek Trail #304
Turn left onto Cove Creek Trail and follow to FS 225B
Continue onto FS 225B and follow to FS 225
Turn right onto FS 225 and follow to FS 5045
Turn left onto FS 5045 and follow to Sienard Ridge Trail #609
Turn right onto Siendard Ridge Trail and follow to FS 475B (aid 5) ~ mile 33.2
Turn right onto FS 475B and follow to FS 475
Turn left onto FS 475 and follow to Davidson River Fish Hatchery parking lot
Turn right into Fish Hatchery Parking lot and follow to FS 475C (aid station 6 crew access) ~ mile 38.3
Take FS 475C from aid station to intersection of Cat Gap Loop Trail #120
Turn right onto Cat Gap Loop #120 and follow to Johns Rock Trail #365
Turn right on Johns Rock Trail #365 and follow to Cat Gap Bypass Trail #120A
Turn right onto Cat Gap Bypass #120A and follow to Cat Gap Trail
Turn left onto Cat Gap Trail #120 and follow to Art Loeb Trail
Continue east onto Art Loeb Trail and follow to intersection with FS 475C (aid 7) ~ mile 44.8
Turn left on FS 475C and follow back down towards Fish Hatchery and Cat Gap Loop Trail #120
Turn right onto Cat Gap Loop Trail #120 and follow to Fish Hatchery and Finish

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Nov 16, 2019
Matt Kornegay
Beautiful but brutal race. The climbing was unrelenting. Thankful for the fire road to allow my feet to recover but quads were trashed after 20 mi. 50mi — 12h 03m
Nov 16, 2019
Joseph Anderson
Tough first half with a rolling second half. If you have the legs left, a lot of the last half is runnable. Beautiful route. 46.5mi — 13h 15m

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Pilot Mountain on the Art Loeb Trail
Jul 25, 2017 near Brevard, NC
Enjoy expansive views across the valley to Looking Glass Rock.
Mar 10, 2017 near Brevard, NC
This is the entrance to Pisgah National Forest (Ranger District). The stone is part of the original archway dedicated as a memorial to soldiers who died in the First World War.
Mar 14, 2017 near Brevard, NC
Cove Creek Falls is a worthy attraction. Be very careful when exploring around the waterfall, as the area is slick.
Mar 15, 2017 near Brevard, NC
Davidson River along the Exercise Trail
Dec 13, 2017 near Brevard, NC
Trail along the Davidson River
Aug 31, 2018 near Brevard, NC

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