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Looking Glass Rock, Pisgah Forest

Categories: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web
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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  • 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...  read more »
  • This place is not for the weak at heart Looking Glass is a 3,969 foot granite rock after a strenuous hike to the summit the views are impressive you can access the trail head from forest service rd 47...  read more »
  • The whole walk up is just absolutely beautiful amidst the tall trees creating a beautiful canopy of coolness on a warm day, the sun filters through the dense foliage leaving pretty designs on the fore...  read more »
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