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Ascent of The Pinnacle on 2019-06-14

Climber: Henry Pharr

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, June 14, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:The Pinnacle
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5665 ft / 1726 m

Ascent Trip Report

I cannot stay away from this peak. Has to be the best short hike to tremendous views in the Eastern US.

This hike came after a long hike in Craggy Mountains to the west. The sun was out and the winds were calm, so I sauntered up the quick forest trail from the north from the BRP (see my other posts for more details). Upon reaching the rocky summit, the views North, West and SW were incredible.

Not content as unusual, I clambered down the the east trail to the rock ledge that leads to the view from a rocky promontory. All local and regional peaks were visible from the the Roan Highlands to the Amphibolites, the Brushy Mountains and finally the South Mountains in the distance. Also in view were the teh rest of the Black Mountains, the Montreat peaks and the Swannanoa Mountains leading to Asheville.

Back down to my car and the earthly presence to my home.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:765 ft / 233 m
    Total Elevation Loss:765 ft / 233 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:765 ft / 233 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Maintained Trail and Open Country
    Start Trailhead:Pull off on Maintained Road  4900 ft / 1493 m
    Time:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:765 ft / 233 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Maintained Trail and Open Country
    End Trailhead:Pull off on Maintained Road  4900 ft / 1493 m
    Time:35 Minutes



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