Looking Glass Rock, Pisgah Forest

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Geologic Formation
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 was a tough trail, up, up, and up BUT worth it! Took 1 hour and 20 min to hike up and 1 hour to hike down. My husband and I are in good shape, so you can prepare. Once you get to the top, the vie...  more »
  • This is a very unique looking rock and definitely worth a stop to view, or even to climb. The climb is a bit steep at times so take care and take your time. The rock face is sheer and stark.  more »
  • 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 »