John Rock Trail #365
1.8 mi - Moderate - From the southern access, the trail climbs up the backbone of John Rock, a large granite dome. There is a steep, challenging pitch initially, but the remainder of the trail is moderate. From the eastern access, the trail climbs the eastern shoulder of John Rock using a series of old railroad grades; mature rhododendron thickets and small streams make this an attractive woods hike. From either direction, the climb is well worth the effort: a commanding view of the fish hatchery, Looking Glass Rock, and Pilot Mountain from atop the face of John Rock. (Do not take any of the informal, “bushwhacked” trails, some of which lead to precarious spots.) Below its uppermost area near the tree line, the rock’s surface drops off steeply, so use caution when walking at the top, and monitor children and pets. Also keep in mind that rock climbers use John Rock, and may be below you—do not throw anything off the edge.
Approximate Elevation Change: 750 feet
At a Glance
|Restrictions:||Hiking Trail: foot traffic only.|
|Operated By:||US Forest Service|