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Looking Glass Rock Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (49)

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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Russell Hobart

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 49 votes

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  4.5 from 49 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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Nov 24, 2022
Brittni Sapper
5.5 w Mirra on thanksgiving
Oct 27, 2022
Doug Geiger
Nice blue hike (not blue black), a bit too crowded
Oct 3, 2022
Derek Snyder
Margo's first long hike! 6.2mi — 4h 15m
Apr 7, 2022
Joss Reeves
A really nice hike through mature hardwoods and rhododendron tunnels that ends in a bald granite table overlook. I thought that the difficulty of t… 6.1mi — 2h 17m
Dec 17, 2021
Hannah Drummond
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