Shining Rock

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The summit is an opening in the trees with large quartz boulders everywhere. When the sun hits the rocks just right they can be seen from miles away. In the fog these rocks reflect and almost glow. This rock outcrop that apears to shine, is not the true summit. The true summit is a smaller quartz formation that sprouts up from the blueberry bushes. It is fairly hard to find. From here you can see Cold Mountain through the trees in one direction and Black Balsam Knob in the other direction.

Elevation (feet): 5,940
Elevation (meters): 1,811
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Southern Appalachian Ridges
State: North Carolina
Latitude: 35.368
Longitude: -82.862
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Aug, Sep, Oct
Nearest major airport: Charlotte Douglas airport
Convenient Center: Asheville

Thanks to Stuart Parker for adding this peak.

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