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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  • This is just one of the amazing site you will find along the Blueridge Parkway! This is toward the southern end of the Parkway and you will truly enjoy your drive across one the the greatest byways of...  more »
  • This is not a hike for the out of shape! It is very doable and so worth it but it is not an easy stroll!  more »
  • Made this hike on a beautiful cool early November morning. It is 6.5 miles round trip with a steep climb up and a steep incline down. You should be fit to attemp this hike Looking glass rock is a grea...  more »