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Looking Glass Rock
The sweeping views from the
summit make this strenuous
trail worth the effort
Difficulty (1-5):
Distance (round trip)
Elevation change:
Summit:
Trail time:
Driving tim
e:
4-5
6.2 miles
1,700 ft
3,969 ft
3-4 hours
2 hours(round trip)
From the summit of Looking Glass Rock--and just below the summit at Upper Looking Glass Cliffs--the
sweeping views of the Shining Rock Wilderness are breathtaking.

At the top the view includes Cedar Rock, the Pink Beds area and the Blue Ridge Parkway.  
Copyright 2011 by Tony Austin
encounter the switchbacks and they take you
into and out of stands of rhododendrons and
laurel.  

After a couple of miles you"ll come to a flat
area that's used as a helipad for rescuing
injured rock climbers.  Bear right on on the
main trail (yellow blazes) and continue to the
summit.  The views are limited here but
continue left and descend a little to reach
Upper Looking Glass Cliffs.  The views from
here are spectacular.

There is no guard rail. Stay back from the
edge.
Return the same way you come.  Going down
should take about half the time it took to come
up.

Don't shy away from the trail because of the
rating. It's worth the effort.
Directions to trailhead:  From Lake Toxaway, go to Brevard. Proceed through town and turn left onto
Hwy 276 west. Follow the signs for Pisgah National Forest. Go 5.3 miles. Turn left at the intersection with
FR 475, at the sign for the Center for Wildlife Education. Look for a parking area 0.5 miles on the right.