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2 days ago

Awesome hike!

3 days ago

awesome time, I climbed it 3 times today. would not recommend foi the faint at heart...

Beautiful with moderate terrain. Not super-well marked.

Very beautiful and wonderful view the whole way up

Great hike with beautiful views at the top. We took the John Rock trail off the Cat Gap trail and the views were amazing!! It took us about 3 hours with a toddler and we stopped for lunch at the big rock. Lots of creeks and streams to cross...a little muddy in some areas. We saw lots of dogs. Trail is pretty well groomed. Well worth it!!

Looking Glass is the perfect day hike, offering spectacular views. I recommend getting an early start because the trail can get a little crowded year round in the afternoons.

Awesome trail; exactly what I want when hiking. It is a bit strenuous going up to the lookout, but my 10 and 12 year old made it no problem. Lots of rocks and roots; definitely want good hiking shoes as that presents lots of opportunities for twisted ankles. The view at the top is amazing and so worth the hike up. Make sure you pack a warmer jacket. The further up you get the colder it gets and it is quite breezy at the top. We got rained on, so we were freezing by the time we got up, which didn't really allow us to enjoy the view as much as we had hoped for.
Heads up! Looking Glass Falls is not along this trail! It is a little further up the road, right on the road, actually.

5 days ago

5 days ago

Definitely one to do! Be sure to check out John Rock also!

I always enjoy this hike!

Fun trail with cool bridges and boardwalks. It is longer than advertised at 5.2 miles compared to the posted 4.6. There are some sections with many roots so be careful with those ankles.

Killer hike, highly recommend.

My wife and I backpacked this loop in January. We added John Rock in as well, and that is well worth it - great views of the hatchery and Looking Glass Rock. I highly recommend going clockwise as it will give you steadier inclines. Cedar Rock gives you some nice rockface views - this is also marks your last major incline. Camp out at the A-frame Butter Gap shelter or keep going - there are literally dozens of campsites along the trail. However, most water sources are on the west end of the trail, along with a couple great waterfalls. The last 3 miles are a smooth descent with the sound of running water as you go.