Ascent of Lane Pinnacle on 2018-09-20

Climber: Henry Pharr

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, September 20, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lane Pinnacle
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5230 ft / 1594 m

Ascent Trip Report

First of several hikes in the Craggy Mountains off the BRP above Asheville.

Take the BRP from 1-40 in Asheville and head north about 13 miles to Potato Field Gap. There is a small pull of where you can park on the left (west side of the road). From there, head south along the BRP which actually is part of the Mountains to Sea trail as well. The MST then bears right into the woods and you will begin a gentle ascent, as you notice the Parkway to your left. The trail is well maintained, but very rocky and narrow in places, so make sure you watch your footing. There are actually a few wooden ladders that will help you in the steepest sections.

At .7 and 1.0 miles you will find some cliff overhangs that afford wide open views to the south and east. From there descend steeply into a saddle and then begin the climb up to Lane Pinnacle. Reach the briar covered summit through a short bushwhack at 1.4 miles. Could not find the BM, but was able to find some nice views to the North just below the top.

The trail continues on from there to west Wolfden Knob or south to Payne's Knob. I had other things "Craggy" planned for the day, so I retraced my steps and headed back to the car. A very pleasant trail, the views are probably even more amazing in winter.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:970 ft / 295 m
    Total Elevation Loss:970 ft / 295 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy and and Mild temperatures
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:970 ft / 295 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Route:Maintained Trail, Rock Scramble
    Start Trailhead:Pull off on Maintained Road  4260 ft / 1298 m
    Time:35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:970 ft / 295 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Route:maintained trail and rock scramble
    End Trailhead:Pull off on Maintained Road  4260 ft / 1298 m
    Time:30 Minutes

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