Ascent of Pinnacle Mountain on 2011-11-12

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Date:Saturday, November 12, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pinnacle Mountain
    Location:USA-South Carolina
    Elevation:3425 ft / 1043 m

Ascent Trip Report

Began at 10:30 AM and summitted at 1:00 PM. Took lots of time coming down to enjoy the amazing slab overlook. Once of the best slab overlooks i have ever seen (in NC, SC, or GA). We collected hundreds of colorful leaves for Karen's collection for her students and did not get down till 4:45 PM. We took our time and took lots of photos.

We had many many people hiking up the more popular Table Rock trail but once we headed west along the ridge trail, no more steps, no more well maintained trail, leaves covered it so it was harder to follow and we saw not a person. We summitted without seeing anyone. No views on the top. We started seeing people as we got down near the intersection with the foothills trail. Then we had lots of company from the slab all the way down to the parking.

50 extra vertical gain along Table Rock trail to Panther gap then; 65 foot loss to regain the subpeak next to Mill Creek pass; then we topped out that subpeak next to Mill Creek pass to eat apples for another 15 feet; then we lost another 25 feet to regain with the next subpeak. Total extra gain from parking lot was 155 feet.
On the way down we selected the foothills trail which does a lot of rollercoastering along the ravines and we picked up a lot of extra gain coming back. I estimated that as 210 feet.

The waterfalls were dry at this time of year. Nice hike!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2640 ft / 804 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2640 ft / 804 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.2 mi / 13.2 km
    Grade/Class:1 with some 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
started at 39F and down at 50F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2430 ft / 740 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2275 ft / 693 m; Extra: 155 ft / 47m
    Loss on way in:155 ft / 47 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Table Rock Tr to Ridge Trail
    Start Trailhead:TH Parking lot  1150 ft / 350 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2485 ft / 757 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2275 ft / 693 m; Extra: 210 ft / 64m
    Gain on way out:210 ft / 64 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:Pinnacle Mtn Trail (Foothills Trail)
    End Trailhead:TH Parking lot  1150 ft / 350 m
    Time:3 Hours 45 Minutes

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