Ascent of Pinnacle Mountain on 2011-11-12
|Others in Party:||Karen Musser|
|Date:||Saturday, November 12, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-South Carolina|
| Elevation:||3425 ft / 1043 m|
Ascent Trip ReportBegan 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
| 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|
| 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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