Looking Glass Rock Hike--6.4 miles Difficult/Strenuous

  • March 22, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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Let's start Spring with a bang--Looking Glass Rock! The hike will be about a total of 6.4 miles (3.2 miles up and 3.2 miles 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 for rest or photo breaks, but please also try not to lag too far behind. This is NOT an easy hike. I expect to reach the top in about[masked] hours, or about a 2 miles per hour pace, and we will have lunch at the top.

Meetup Time and Place: Ingles, Long Shoals Road, 9:00 AM, form carpools, depart by 9:15 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 between 10:00. Be sure to keep your RSVP up to date if a waitlist.   

Brevard folks can arrange car pooling from Bilo and leave by 9:40. 

Please contribute gas money to your driver.

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.  I estimate this to be about a 3.8 - 4.0 out of 5.0 scale, with 1.0 being an easy hike, and 5.0 being the most extreme, strenuous hike.

What to Bring: Lunch or trail snacks, extra water, camera/smartphone, appropriate hiking clothing and shoes for the steep terrain and weather, sunblock, a hat.  Hiking poles may be especially helpful on the descent.  

What to wear: Although it's supposed to be mostly cloudy and 70 degrees on Saturday, it's usually about 10 degrees cooler on top of Looking Glass rock. Be prepared!

What about my Dog? Friendly, well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome.

What time will we be back? Estimated time  no later than 3:30 or 4:00 pm

Thanks, and we'll see you on the trail!

Ruthy Chewbacca[masked]

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  • Kristin

    great day, ruthy ~ thank you so much for getting us all together :)

    March 23, 2014

    • Bryan S.

      It was nice to see you and Glenn yesterday before our respective hikes. I hope we all can get on a hike together soon.

      1 · March 23, 2014

  • Bryan S.

    Nice photos as usual Ruthy! Glad y'all had fun, and I wish I could have cloned myself to be there too.

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Ruthy C.

    Great day great group!!

    March 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    good workout, wonderful view out over the mountains, healthy hikers.........i enjoyed!

    March 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    what a great way to have spent saturday. the forest was lovely and the workout...well, i was tuckered out. thank you, everyone. can't wait to go outing again.

    March 23, 2014

  • Steve B.

    Looking forward to my first outing with this group.

    1 · March 20, 2014

    • Glenn C

      Nice chatting and hiking with you, Steve!

      March 22, 2014

  • Glenn C

    Fabulous ! Lovely day, great company. A bit hilly. Thanks so much, Ruthy !

    March 22, 2014

  • Stacy L.

    Super fun! Great people and a great hike!

    2 · March 22, 2014

  • Bill D

    Thanks again for a great day and great company!!

    Look forward to the next one!!

    1 · March 22, 2014

  • Jenny

    Sorry for the late notice. I will meet you all at the trailhead.

    March 22, 2014

  • Ruthy C.

    N35°[masked]' W82°[masked]' trail head

    March 21, 2014

  • Gary W.

    see you all at Ingles

    March 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will meet you at the trailhead.

    March 21, 2014

  • NANCY

    Ruthie...I have never done Whitewater falls ....so I have decided to go on that hike, instead. I hope to go on one of your hikes soon! Hope to see you later on Saturday!

    1 · March 20, 2014

  • Glenn C

    Seven prayers that I remember to get online at that time of evening (when I'm typically not) to sign up.

    1 · March 20, 2014

    • Ruthy C.

      I set my phone alarm sometimes

      3 · March 20, 2014

    • Glenn C

      Note to self. Phone alarm.

      March 20, 2014

  • Bill D

    Looking forward to this hike, see everyone at the trailhead !!

    1 · March 20, 2014

  • Stacy L.

    Excited!

    March 20, 2014

  • Thomas P.

    I did this hike a little over a week ago on 3/10. The view from the cliffs is awesome, but it will take some work to enjoy it. It's well marked and two people wide in some places. 98% of the up side is at an incline of varying degrees while the down side can be done rather rapidly, but requires some careful stepping. Enjoy !

    March 20, 2014

  • Stacy L.

    I'm hoping to be able to RSVP this evening as well! For my partner and I. How many people will this hike be open to? Looking forward to it!

    March 20, 2014

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