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Day Hike at Looking Glass Rock in Pisgah NF

  • Apr 6, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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Trip Organizer: _Tom  Arrigo  _______ Activity Type: _Dayhike______

Difficulty Rating: __Strenuous______

This hike is an out and back to the hugh granite pluton known as Looking Glass Rock. It's visible from many locations along the Blue Ridge Parkway and is common on postcards of the area. This rock provides spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The trailhead is located off of Route 276 nearby to the Looking Glass Falls.

The total length of the hike is 6.4 miles; trail condition is rough; the climb is steep with 1649 feet of elevation gain; the top of the mountain is at 3969 feet.

The lower elevation should keep us in a temperature range of about 60 to 65 degrees for that time of the year.  Due to the elevation gain, I'm rating this hike as strenuous. 

The hike plan is to arrive at the trailhead at about 11:00 a.m. We will hike to the top and have lunch as we enjoy the view. We'll hike back down and visit Looking Glass Falls. If the group prefers, we will stop in Hendersonville for dinner. Travel time from the meeting point is 2 hours. If we include dinner, arrival time back at the meeting point will be approximately 8:00 p.m.

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  • Tom A. +1
    Berg Outings Director, 2015-16, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Ann R.
  • A former member

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