Project Report: Looking Glass Trails

The CCC has adopted the four National Forest trails that lead to Looking Glass Rock; North Face, SunWall Trail (AKA The Nose Trail, Slick Rock Falls Trail (AKA South SIde Trail), and the Looking Glass Rock Trail (AKA the summit trail). Many sections of these trails were heavily degraded and eroded. In 2019, we were awarded a National Forest Foundation grant to coordinate the rehabilitation of those four trails. In the summer of 2019, we were also awarded funding from Transylvania Always to assist or rehabilitation work and volunteer coordination efforts. Special thanks to Trango for additional funding to help the project. Here is a link to a similar article published by National Forest Foundation

This work would not be possible without the amazing support from our climber-volunteers. Here are some numbers from our collective efforts in 2019-2020 on all four trails. If you volunteered for any work days, helped spread the word, or donated to the CCC; you have helped these numbers!:

  • 5.4 miles of trail worked on leading to 300+ climbing routes and several boulder fields
  • 29 volunteer days with 201 volunteers and over 1000 volunteer hours
  • Over 100 stone or locust steps built
  • 15 locust rail fences built to stop cross cutting of trail
  • 22 fallen trees cleared from the trails
  • 3 bog bridges built, 2 bridges repaired
  • 2 public events at businesses to honor volunteers
  • Many businesses, schools, and organizations chipped in to help out including: North Carolina Outward Bound, the French Broad River Academy, the Asheville School, Transylvania County, The Pisgah Conservancy, NC Backcountry Horsemen, The Hub, Fox Mountain Guides, Climbmax Climbing, Western Carolina University Camp Cullowhee, American Alpine Club Atlanta Chapter, and Black Dome Mountain Sports. 

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