Looking Glass Rock
|Looking Glass Rock|
|Elevation||3,969 ft (1,210 m) NAVD 88|
|Location||Transylvania County, North Carolina, U.S.|
|Parent range||Appalachian Mountains|
|Topo map||USGS Shining Rock|
Looking Glass Rock is a pluton monolith in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina. The mountain is located within Pisgah National Forest about 5.5 miles (9 kilometers) northwest of Brevard and 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Asheville. Named for the way its granite face reflects the sunshine, it rises from the valley floor to an elevation of almost 4000 ft.
Trails from Forest Service Road 475 and 475B lead to the top of the mountain. It is a moderate/strenuous trail climbing 1700 ft over 3.1 miles to its peak where panoramic views can be seen. There is a flat slab on the top, that can be used as a helipad.
Looking Glass Rock is a popular rock climbing destination. Whether it is free climbing, multi-pitch or aid climbing, dozens of routes traverse the South Face, North Face, Nose Area, Sun Wall, Invisible Wall and Hidden Wall to the top of the mountain.
Blue Ridge Parkway across from Looking Glass Rock
Looking Glass Rock from Pilot Mountain, on the Art Loeb Trail (zoom)