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The Sights of Pisgah and Looking Glass Rock

(updated: Apr 26, 2012)

Here's a post which features no mountain biking or photos of bikes at all. No photos of bikes? Imagine that! Has SBA gone crazy? Yes, but only permanently temporarily.

View of Looking Glass Rock from Bennett Gap Trail in Pisgah, where we will hike the following day:
Looking Glass Rock from Bennett Gap Trail
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Sliding Rock Recreational Area:
Sliding Rock Recreation Area

Looking Glass Falls:
Looking Glass Falls - Pisgah

Family on Looking Glass Rock trail:
Looking Glass Rock Trail

Max Wilson Rock on Looking Glass Rock trail:
Looking Glass Rock Trail - Max Wilson Rock

Looking Glass Rock Trail

Summit of Looking Glass Rock trail -- a fun way to torture your kids:
Summit of Looking Glass Rock Trail

View from summit:
Summit of Looking Glass Rock Trail
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Carolina Hemlock:
Looking Glass Rock Trail

No, you cannot ride bikes on this trail:
Looking Glass Rock Trail

Looking Glass Rock Trail

Hikers are the worst for making side trails and shortcuts. Here selfish users have cut off the switchbacks, causing trail damage and erosion:
Looking Glass Rock Trail

This will erode, narrowing the trail. If you don't want to follow the trail, then what is the point of doing the hike? Lots of examples of these on Looking Glass Rock:
Looking Glass Rock Trail

The upper part has only a thin layer of soil before hitting solid rock. This is one big giant rock. Soon we will get to the part where it is too steep for the soil to adhere, exposing the killer views that you came here for:
Looking Glass Rock Trail

The overlook at the end. You forget all your cares in the world when you see this:
Looking Glass Rock Trail

Looking Glass Rock Trail

Looking more and more green as spring slowly melds into summer.
Looking Glass Rock Trail

Looking Glass Rock Trail - overlook at end

Be careful not to trip up, because if you fall and start rolling, you will not be able to stop as this becomes a sheer cliff:
Looking Glass Rock Trail - overlook at end

Panoramas:
Looking Glass Rock Trail overlook at end
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Looking Glass Rock Trail overlook at end
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-SBA



Filed Under: Ride Reports > North Carolina > Brevard



4 COMMENTS:

1. peter said...

my god man!

Apr 25, 2012 @ 5:08 PM


2. peter said...

spent many a memorable day climbing various routes on that perfect piece of granite

Apr 26, 2012 @ 3:10 PM


3. Michael said...

Nice!

Apr 26, 2012 @ 8:41 PM


4. Mrs. Bikes said...

You neglected to mention that the kiddos just might look extra tortured because we were caught in a hail storm halfway up and still continued on. They might not have been happy about it at the time, but they\'ll thank us for that later, right?

Apr 28, 2012 @ 5:22 PM


 

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