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James Snouwaert reviewed East Pinnacle
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Hiking

Great trail with excellent view at the top. The trip down is much easier!

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Alex Trauner reviewed East Pinnacle
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Hiking

One of my favorites. Beautiful for a sunrise hike- there is an overlook to the left of the main trail near the end that is perfect for sunrise. Gates were open at 5:45 for 6:35 am sunrise. Has taken me between 35 and 50 minutes to hike to the top (moderately fit/active 21 year old) The trail seems to get busy around 9 am on Saturdays but you won’t see many others before then!

Samantha Miller reviewed East and West Pinnacle
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Hiking

Beautiful views! Definitely strenuous in some parts though- some rock climbing necessary

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Chlo R reviewed East and West Pinnacle
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Hiking

I did both trails, gorgeous look out. Did this around noon, mid day. Was a great sweat & I will be back. Very nice parking area & porta potties available if needed. The trail is very well kept up, starts off paved and turned into dirt/rock. 10/10

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Hiking

they need markers on the trail for first time explorers

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Carson Carby reviewed West Pinnacle Trail
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Hiking

Personally I find East Pinnacle far superior but it was nice being in the wilderness for a few hours. So no matter what it’s great to get out! Bathrooms are still closed at this time.

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Cara R reviewed East Pinnacle
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HikingRockyScramble

The reviews made me nervous to take my hardheaded 3 yo up to the top of the trail. I was imagining a long cliff-side trail, but it was the opposite. Most of the trail to East Pinnacle from the parking lot is very well maintained and wide trail up until about halfway to the end, where you hit some rocky switchbacks that are fun for the kids to climb. Only the very end has the rocky viewpoints to check out the valleys around the pinnacle. At that point, we had lunch and made sure our little guy was sitting or being held so he wouldn’t run off the edge. After East Pinnacle, on the way back, we took the offshoot to Indian Fort, which was fun. Very steep to get up to the top, but worth it.

Robert Winn reviewed East and West Pinnacle
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Hiking

Mix of modest ascents and descents, soft and rocky paths, and a nice scramble up stone to get to the top of West Pinnacle and Indian Fort. East Pinnacle isn't challenging to reach but the gorgeous, panoramic view made the whole hike well worth it. Pack at least 2L water per hiker. There are no creeks or fountains.

Daniel Hamilton reviewed West Pinnacle Trail
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Hiking

Great trail...wish I came during the fall to see more scenery...still beautiful

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Annie Geller reviewed East and West Pinnacle
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Hiking

We did this entire loop on 7/3/20. We were looking for a workout and it was definitely very challenging! The views made the workout totally worth it though. East pinnacle, Eagles nest, Buzzards roost, Indian fort lookout, and West pinnacle all have gorgeous views! The east pinnacle and the trail leading up to it seemed to be the most crowded, but for Buzzards roost and Eagles nest we had it all to ourselves. Eagles nest was my favorite followed by Indian fort lookout, though they truly are all wonderful. I was impressed with the clear signage, and the upkeep of the trails. There were some flies in certain areas, but otherwise we didn't see a ton of mosquitos and found no ticks, though I woulds still recommend using bug spray. I am a pretty experienced/fit hiker and thought that doing the entirely of this was pretty exhausting, so come prepared with food and water! The trail is such that you pretty quickly climb about 500 feet to get to East Pinnacle, descend the same section (but only half way) and then take a steep ascent to go towards Eagle's nest and Buzzard's roost. In the hot summer months we went through 2 48oz and 1 32oz nalgenes (and maybe could have drank more) so you really have to bring a lot of water because the various ascents are no joke! The signage is very clear - the only two parts of this that could use some clarification were leaving Indian fort lookout and getting to west Pinnacle. After you get to Indian fort lookout there are two trails leading away - one that follows along the side of the overlook and one that tracks back/perpendicular to the overlook. Take the one that runs along the side of the overlook. After taking this for .2 miles you will then need to take a hard right at an area that says difficult descent. There is a blue blaze on a tree to point you in the right direction. We missed the blaze and accidentally went left and took an extremely difficult scramble down an area that looked like it was a trail but then dead ended at the bottom. It was very challenging to get back up, so make sure you go right and not left!! The descent in this area is very scrambley and technically fun, but people with knee or ankle injuries should steer clear! At the end of it my apple watch indicated 7.34 miles, an elevation gain of 1437 feet, and around 3.5 hours including stopping at all of the lookouts for a bit.

Dennis Dolby reviewed Robe Mountain and Basin Mountain
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Running

Did a fast hike/run here with a friend last week. It was a great workout. The initial ascent was a butt kicker and there was a section around Robe mountain that was tough also. Ran across a guy who asked us which way to the parking lot, lol. He must have had enough.

Daniel Hamilton reviewed Welch Mountain
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Hiking

Trail was great however it was not 4.2 miles...we took a side venture and still ended at 3.5 miles and 3.3 on my Garmin. The views were limited unless you are fascinated with the undercarriage of the forest. There were some areas that were pretty steep and not sure if I would consider it moderate, however it looks as though it has been a while since people have been on the trails because of the Vid19.

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Moose Reeves reviewed East and West Pinnacle
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Hiking

A great place to hike around for a chunk of a day. My wife and I hike here once every few weeks. The trails are well kept but do narrow in spots and can have quite a bit of overgrowth crowding the trail. There are some rough portions that are great if you like to maneuver around some rocks. We love the West Pinnacle and the rock outcroppings all have wonderful views. Definitely recommended.

Joe Tabor reviewed East and West Pinnacle
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Running

ran 9 miles today. several out and back options with some pretty technical trails. great views at each outlook.

Kole Miller reviewed East and West Pinnacle
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Hiking

My girlfriend and I loved this trail! It had some great views and was easy to follow. Everything was well marked and we had a great time

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HikingMuddyWashed out

Extremely muddy trail, Berea college owns this property. they have an endowment of BILLIONS,yet can’t afford a little gravel. I took my granddaughter,she slipped and fell in mud,she said “ I’m done,I wanna go home”, thanks for ruining it for a 13 year old girl.

Ann Hargreaves reviewed West Pinnacle Trail
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Hiking

Perfect! Beautiful trees & views everywhere. Things are still opening up after pandemic but there are port-a-potties & friendly, helpful people everywhere.

Dan Waits reviewed West Pinnacle Trail
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We went hiking there today... trails open, bathrooms closed. Great hike!

Heather P. reviewed East and West Pinnacle
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Hiking

Looks like the trails are open again as of June 1. See their website for details. https://forestryoutreach.berea.edu/trails/the-pinnacles/

Alex Bender reviewed East Pinnacle
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Hiking

East is cool, west view is considerably less but not worth it unless you enjoy the rugged hike in between. Went for sunrise 6/9. 6:17 sunrise. Left the parking lot at 5:20 in the dark and just made it for sunrise with a few minutes to spare. We had the place to ourselves. Only saw one group of hikers on the trail but parking lot had about 20 cars when we left at 10am. Good mix of terrain. Stick with East trail if you want the view!

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Ray Leblanc reviewed Welch Mountain
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Hiking

6/10/20 First off, it is not closed. But it can be hard to find. There is no address for the location. If you are following your GPS to get there, you will "arrive" at a dirt parking lot on your right coming out of Berea. The trail is on the right side, parallel to the road, on the other side of a fence that is overgrown and barely visible this time of year. You will see a red gate that is locked at one end of the parking area and a locked yellow gate at the other. You must walk around either of them to access the trail. There are no signs except to tell you that no bikes, fires, motor vehicles are allowed, and your pet must be on a leash. Once you find the trail, go left on it from the parking lot. It is flat walking on a wide track until you come to a brown painted, arched bridge. Impressive for where it is located. After crossing the bridge, turn right and you are on your way. You will come to several unmarked intersections...Just follow the most well used path. In about a half mile your path starts to go up the hill. Still a nice walk. The confusion point is where the well traveled path goes left. Again, there are no signs. It's appears counter intuitive, but have faith in your device. Take the least traveled path and you will begin you ascent on steeper terrain. This time of year, it is just a great trail workout. Foliage is dense where the views might be. Be careful if you want to push through it to see what appears to be a view. The cliff is not far off the trail. I would think that you may have some spectacular views when the leaves fall. Remember, that everything that goes up must come down. The ascent is work. Coming down there is a challenging descent that I call the "Stairway." The footing is narrow and steep for about 50 feet and has loose debris where you could lose your footing. That is the most challenging part of the trail, other than no trail markers or signs. There are many narrow, unmarked side trails that I didn't explore. A good workout. You may even be able to jog on it for a ways.

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Madison Adams reviewed East Pinnacle
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Hiking

Great trail. Good mix of terrain and well maintained. Went on a breezy Sunday and only saw three other hikers on the trail. Had the overlook to myself. Definitely recommend if looking for a moderate trail with a fantastic overlook.

Rebecca Wren reviewed East and West Pinnacle
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HikingRocky

I went to Berea College and the Pinnacle trails remain one of my grounding places. I live in Lexington now and come back to my home trails when I need to recenter. I prefer east pinnacle but only because there are two perfectly spaced trees for my hiking hammock...I can spend an entire day there with a good book.

Carrie Van Beck reviewed Welch Mountain
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HikingMuddyRocky

This is a very nice trail! There are a lot of side trails so you need to follow the map closely, but other than that it was a super fun 2 hour hike!!

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Vadim Ivanis reviewed East and West Pinnacle
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HikingRocky

My go to trail as it is close by. Great for trail running and hiking. Several hard and technical inclines with amazing views. Eagle’s Nest is my favorite spot. Ample free parking and bathrooms at the lot, pet friendly. Can get overgrown in the summer, but will worth it.

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