Glassy Mountain Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pickens, South Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November.
Moderate grade, excellent views to Table Rock & Caesars Head. This hike was a great little surprise. The trail is great for all ages and the views are excellent from the granite outlook. You can park at the trailhead or drive all the way to the top and walk down the trail to the lookout. Take the longer route, the trail is worth it.
easy hike great views
It was a great hike with my wife and two small children. It was very scenic and the fall weather made for comfortable conditions.
Took a group of senior citizens bc the difficulty level was said to be easy/moderate. The trail had a lot of steep switchbacks down to the beautiful view but it was just very difficult for these independent seniors. Grant it, the view was beautiful, but there was quite a few of us who got tons of chigger bites afterwards.
It took us all of 30 seconds to strike this dump off the list. Let the dog out and he immediately began sniffing a freakin used condom! Then we see a guy coming out of the unmarked trail with am unleashed dog. It's a shame because the height offers good views but the ghetto appearance cancels the positive. Don't waste your time. We went to Table Rock and were AMAZED!
It was amazing!
It was great
The trail head was hard to find and the actual hike was very short. I wasn't impressed with the hike but the view was spectacular! Easy for dogs to go on as well just a narrow path at some points though.
I didn't enjoy this trail very much. The trail head isn't marked at all, so it took a while to figure out. The trail itself is very very narrow. The lookout is steep and smooth and pretty dangerous so be very super careful if you take a dog or a child. There is another big smooth rock area you can climb up, but there's a lot of broken glass bottles so watch out.
Short hike. Trail was marked clearly. Nice views from the top. You can see Clemson University if you look carefully. There was a lot of ticks, so I wouldn't recommended bringing your dog unless it has protection.
Short hike and really beautiful views. I was surprised of all the times that I've passed this place and never checked it out. It would be a little tricky for smaller children as some of the paths are quite narrow.
Nicely cleared trail but would be better if it were marked. Gets narrow in places so not sure how a dog on leash would do. It's a short trail; only .79 miles start to end at the road.
Great hike, good for all skill levels. The views are well worth it.
Great short hike! It gets a little confusing once you hit the lookout, but other than that everything is perfect. We went on a Saturday afternoon during spring, and saw a few people but not too many. The views are beautiful.. And there are many spots to rest and enjoy the beautiful "glassy" mountain. Next time we will take our 2.5 year old in our backpack because it seems safe enough.
We never saw the wooden sign pictured above (with the sweet little blonde boy) We did find the pole with 4 signs (green square, yellow diamond, white diamond, and bigger green at the bottom) and that is where we started. The trail was hard to follow at times, the grass was knee high and I did have difficulty keeping us on the path. We did see a few markers (nailed high on trees, picture of hiker) on the way out but nothing coming back. It was hard to be mad though once we reached the lookout. WOW. We did bring a tick back home with us, but it's in the woods, so.... Went pretty fast, finished the whole thing in about an hour and we spent a good bit of time at the lookout. WE drove all the way up to the cell towers and parked, (didn't see anywhere at he trail head to leave my car. ) And walked down the road to the trailhead.
Trail had great views as the trees were not in full bloom yet. Started at the lower entrance and hiked till coming to a a 3 pronged fork in the trail. Took the one on the left that went up the mountain, this led to the cell tower mentioned in other reviews. Back tracked to the fork and took the middle prong of the fork, this led to the steep rock formation, tremendous views of the valley from there. There were even some anchors in the rock, I suppose for those more daring to do some rock climbing. (FYI - the right prong of the fork was just a steeper but shorter route to the rock formation). Great trail if you want to get your heart pumping with exercise and vistas.
PS. Once you get to the cell tower, if you do not feel like hiking back the whole trail, just walk 0.3 miles down the paved road to your vehicle.
Enormous cell phone towers greet you at the poorly marked parking lot... the trail starts with narrow downhill switch backs to a spectacular panoramic view. This portion was surprisingly short though. Finding the rest of the trail was a little confusing. Once there, the traveling I would call Moderate instead of Easy due to boulders, stumps, and wet rock platforms. Though the views were spectacular, the trail was sandwiched between two roads, along with the cell towers, we didn't feel like we were in the wild wide open. Just not my favorite in the area.