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Looking Glass Rock, Pisgah Forest
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Looking Glass Rock is a pluton monolith in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina. The mountain is located within Pisgah National Forest about 5.5 miles (9 kilometers) northwest of Brevard and 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Asheville. Named for the way its granite face reflects the sunshine, it rises from the valley floor to an elevation of almost 4000 ft.Trails from Forest Service Road 475 and 475B lead to the top of the mountain. It is a moderate/strenuous trail climbing 1700 ft over 3.1 miles to its peak where panoramic views can be seen. There is a flat slab on the top, that can be used as a helipad.Looking Glass Rock is a popular rock climbing destination. Whether it is free climbing, multi-pitch or aid climbing, dozens of routes traverse the South Face, North Face, Nose Area, Sun Wall, Invisible Wall and Hidden Wall to the top of the mountain.From the top of Looking Glass Rock, panoramic views can be seen of the Blue Ridge Parkway and surrounding mountains of Transylvania County.Images
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  • Hiked Looking Glass Rock this week with my 12 and 14 year old. Pretty easy hike up to the summit. Views at the top are breath taking. We did the whole hike including stops for pictures and snacks in 2...  more »
  • This is worth a quick stop if you are driving by. You won't likely see why it is called looking glass, but it's a beautiful view nonetheless. The photo on the display is actually from the opposite sid...  more »
  • We climbed the south face as part of our Rock Climbing 101 class with Joel of Fox Mountain Guides. I had a great time & Joel's instruction gave me the confidence to keep going when I wanted to give up...  more »