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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  • I didn't realize how strenuous this hike was going to be. Bring water. 3 hours and 6 miles later - I was happy we completed. But I had to push myself. Lucky I was with two very athletic people that pu...  more »
  • Had a great time climbing the south face of Looking Glass with Fox Mountain Guides. Would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a challenge.  more »
  • this is a great hike! Use google maps to get to trailhead, and park at side of road. The waterfall is nearby and you can drive up near it and park to see it. It's about 6 miles round trip with decent ...  more »
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  • Amazing hike. Be prepared - it's a good 6 miles round trip and took us nearly 2 hours to get to the top and 1 hour to get down. Completely uphill on the way to the overlook and some parts are tough and steep. View at the end is entirely worth it. Carry water and a snack.
  • This was a great hike, be prepared for lots of switchbacks throughout the first part of the trail. Definitely a cool hike. My pack thermometer said it was 6°F. We were blowing around in our hammocks all night but I would most definitely recommend this hike for anyone who hasn't added this to their belt yet.
  • Strenuous hike. Perfect day hike, not too long or too short. Can be very slick on top when wet. Wait several days after rain if you want to really explore the rocky top.
  • Beautiful views! Watch out the rock is slippery.
  • A longer hike (~3hrs?), breathtaking scenery along the way, and an awe-inspiring view from the top. A must explore for those who seek natural highs ❤
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