Ascent of Lane Pinnacle on 2016-04-03

Climber: Zachary Robbins

Date:Sunday, April 3, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lane Pinnacle
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5230 ft / 1594 m

Ascent Trip Report

Although I've been tagging peaks for a while now and included many GPS tracks, this is my first report. I'll try to retroactively add some reports where I see fit but Tom Layton usually does an excellent job with those.

This was my backup hike for the day, I was hoping to hike Snowball Trail from Beetree Gap but the BRP is closed immediately beyond Bull Gap. So I parked there and headed east on the MST towards Rattlesnake Lodge and Lane Pinnacle. I thought Rattlesnake Lodge was an old house, but it is just a series of ruins. The hike becomes more exciting as you begin to climb between High Swain and Rocky Knob. Once you reach a saddle between Rocky Knob and Rich Knob there is a steep climb near the top of Rich Knob then the trail follows a narrow ridge all the way to Lane Pinnacle.

Lane Pinnacle is not a truly significant peak by any means except being over 5,000 ft. It is the tallest peak of the western Great Craggies and has a nice view south of Beetree Reservoir and the Swannanoa/Hickory Nut Mountains. If you want to bag this peak and nothing else you can start at Beetree Gap and do the shorter 4 mile version described by Tom Layton. There you'll also have the opportunity to include the Snowball Trail for more peaks and views.

This route allows you to tag Bull Mountain, Wolfden Knob, and Lane Pinnacle. You can also tag Rich Knob in a quick 5-min bushwhack from the trail. I did this, 11-min round trip. Rocky Knob from the saddle looked much more involved and I was tired so I skipped that. The total hike was 11.3-miles included Rich Knob.

Full hike info and video
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:11.3 mi / 18.2 km
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Zachary Robbins
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