Ascent of The Pinnacle on 2012-09-02

Climber: Coby King

Date:Sunday, September 2, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:The Pinnacle
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5665 ft / 1726 m

Ascent Trip Report

Having 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 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:

Mileage: 1.16
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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