Ascent of Big Pinnacle on 2013-11-24
|Others in Party:||Just me|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, November 24, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||5040 ft / 1536 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThis documents my ascents of the Big Pinnacle which I ended up doing three times on this loop hike. We had already enjoyed the pinnacle view from the first ascent straight out of the parking lot since the Visitor Center was closed for the season and cold weather that came in. But Karen was chilled and decided to go down with Willie (our puppy) while Daniel and I finished scrambling around on a nearby rock formation. When we caught up to where she was supposed to wait she was gone. We worried she took the loop back down the way we had come earlier and forgot to get back to the car we had to ascend a little to the junction with the Big Pinnacle Trail.
We took a wrong turn rushing to catch her and ended up back near the top of the Pinnacle so I continued up and looked around for the second time that day (nice views!!) Then we rushed down the main trail towards the parking lot thinking we would catch her but we did not. We got worried that she went the other way and would be a mess in this weather so Daniel went back up to the junction of the two trails to see if she was coming back and I ran down to the car. BUT she was there at the car with the puppy shivering! Ut oh! I let her in with the dog and ran back up the mountain again and yelled down to Daniel huddled in the junction weather shelter where the main trails come together. Seeing that I was above him by 50 feet or so and only had only about 60 feet to the summit of Big Pinnacle, I ran up and tagged it again and met Daniel at the junction of the connector trail and we ran down to Karen and Willie.
As a result, I was able to take this simple hike alternative and stretch it to a 3.3 miles; over 1000 feet of gain; grabbing both peaks at least once; and checking out how the dog would do in frigid weather. I was surprised how Willie with his very short FL hair did well for most of the hike full of energy and excitement. We had a plaid dog vest on him and a scarf for warmth but at the end of the day, he was starting to get tired and cold and was happy to get his Weimerauner body back into the warm car.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||90 ft / 27 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||360 ft / 109 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||0.6 mi / 1 km|
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Frigid, Very Windy, Clear|
10F at trailhead. Colder at top and wind chill
| Gain on way in:||90 ft / 27 m|
| Distance:||0.2 mi / 0.3 km|
| Route:||Big Pinnacle Trail|
| Start Trailhead:||saddle between two pinnacles 4950 ft / 1508 m|
| Loss on way out:||360 ft / 109 m|
| Distance:||0.4 mi / 0.6 km|
| Route:||Big Pinnacle Trail|
| End Trailhead:||Parking lot above Massie Gap 4680 ft / 1426 m|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Haw-Pinnacle-Wilburn|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 1535 ft / 468 m Total Trip Loss: 1535 ft / 469 m
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