Ascent of The Pinnacle on 2012-09-02
|Date:||Sunday, September 2, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-North Carolina|
| Elevation:||5665 ft / 1726 m|
Ascent Trip ReportHaving bagged Mt. Mitchell, Potato Knob, Clingman’s Peak, and Mt. Gibbes, I moved on to the Pinnacle. I parked at the gated trailhead mentioned in previous cohp.org reports, found the trail easily, and proceeded up to the summit without incident. Unfortunately, clouds had moved in, and I had no views at the top. A few thoughts about whether the trail is legal. Despite arguments made in other reports, I believe the trail is perfectly legal.
1) The keep out signs are exclusively on the right (west) side of the trail. There are no such signs on the left (east) side of the trail.
2) The signs face toward the trail, clearly indicating that people should keep out of the area off the trail.
3) There is a barbed-wire fence for a stretch of the trail on the right (west) side of the trail. There are no such fences on the left (east) side of the trail.
4) Most importantly, to my mind, it seems very clear that the agency that put up the signs, and is charged with protecting the Asheville watershed, is aware of the use of the trail, and as far as I can tell, has made no effort to prevent such use.
I would not worry about whether the trail is legal.
Round trip stats per my GPS:
Moving Time: 0:35:02
Stopped Time: 0:05:32
Moving Average: 2.0
Overall Average: 1.7
Total Gain: 479
|Summary Total Data|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Low Clouds|
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