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Looking Glass Rock--6.4 miles Difficult

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Sorry about the late notice. I admit it--I was a slug during November when it came to hiking, but I want to change that in December.

Let's start out December with a bang--Looking Glass Rock! The hike will be about a total of 6.4 miles (3.2 miles up and back). As far as I know, the AHG hasn't been up Looking Glass Rock yet this year, but there have been 3 hikes up neighboring John Rock in the past 3 months.

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. I expect to reach the top in about 1.5-1.75 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, 9:30 AM, form carpools, depart at 9:45 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 10:30 AM.

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.

What to wear: Although it's supposed to be sunny and 60 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? We should be back at Ingles no later than 3:30 or 4 pm

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

Sammy Fong

(828)776-0103