Last-minute hike! No waiting list, whoever makes it makes it.
Let's do a hike up Looking Glass Rock! The hike will be about a total of 6.4 miles (3.2 miles up and back). We will go at a moderate pace, keeping the group together, and there will be many photo opportunities along the way. We won't race to the top, stopping every now and then, but please also try not to lag too far behind. This is NOT an easy hike. We will be taking our time to the top but this hike still requires you to be in shape. I expect to reach the top in about[masked] hours, or about a 2 miles per hour pace, and we will have lunch and take a longer break at the top.
Meetup Time and Place: Ingles, Long Shoals Road, 10:00 AM, form carpools, depart at 10:15 AM. If you want to meet at the trailhead, please say so in the comments when you RSVP. We will probably get to the trailhead about 11 AM. http://goo.gl/maps/O4f2s <-- Directions to the trailhead!
Hike Difficulty: Difficult to strenuous--please be sure that you have the physical ability to complete this hike--it is about a 1,700 foot climb in 3.2 miles, or about 531 feet per mile.
What to Bring: Lunch or trail snacks, extra water, camera/smart phone, appropriate hiking clothing and shoes for the steep terrain and weather, sunblock, a hat. Hiking poles may be helpful on the descent especially. Hiking boots are a must, this route was very muddy last week.
What to wear: Last week on top of Looking Glass, it was absolutely frigid. Bring a windbreaker/coat, hat, and gloves!
What about my Dog? Friendly, well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome.
What time will we be back? We should be back at Ingles no later than 4:30 or 5 pm
Thanks, and we'll see you on the trail!