Ascent of Looking Glass Rock on 2011-09-06

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Date:Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Looking Glass Rock
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:3969 ft / 1209 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is not a mountain I would have ordinarily climbed, but I saw an article in the September 2011 issue of Backpacker magazine titled "Backyard Everests" and Looking Glass Rock was a featured mountain. I was in North Carolina on a climbing tour of county and state highpoints anyway, so I decided to add this peak to my itinerary. The article claimed you could get "an eagle's sense of freedom just a stone's throw from major metro areas around America." Looking Glass Rock was not an exciting Colorado 14-teener ascent, but considering its closeness to Atlanta, it was a nice climb without any crowds. My wife, Geri, and I did not see another climber during our entire 6.4 mile roundtrip hike. The summit was disappointing, since trees prevent a grand summit vista, but the hike was a pleasant wilderness workout with numerous switchbacks on a very well maintained trail, at least, until the last 1/2 mile. The climb would have been better if a spur trail was available to reach the top of its bare granite face which creates a "looking glass" when the sun is in the right position, but a dense bushwhack would have been necessary in order to reach that vista point. This is not a mountain you should drive hundred's of miles to climb, but if you live reasonably close, it is well worth your time.
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