Pinnacle Trail

HARD 326 reviews

Pinnacle Trail is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kings Mountain, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
725 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

This one will make you feel the burn! This is the one of two peaks located in Crowders Mountain State Park.The trail offers many mountain laurels, birds and other wildlife. The last 1/3 of the hike is a steep climb with many rocks on the trail and requires climbing a short rock wall to get the best views of the countryside. Be sure and fill your water bottles at the Park Office and grab a map!

4 days ago

Good hike, a little challenging towards the end but well worth it. Great views!

13 days ago

Nice trail.....easy to moderate. Nice views.The last 1/4 mile gets a bit harder, but worth the effort to push forward to the top. Met some very nice people along the trail.

hiking
20 days ago

Have hiked this trail many times alone and with my grandchildren. Last section is fairly steep and rough terrain. Just have to watch your step. Great areas at the top to do some basic bouldering. Trails leading off the back side take you to Kings Mtn which is a really good hike.

hiking
21 days ago

Nice trail. I took the Turnback Trail from the parking lot which intersects with the Pinnacle Trail. The last .2 miles of the Pinnacle Trail is pretty steep but the rest is straightforward. The views are great. Rolling woodland to the South and East and a nice view of South Mountains State Park and the Blue Ridge Mountains to the North and West. Also, the Ridge Line Trail intersects Pinnacle near the top. It's a bit easier and makes for a nice walk through the woods.

hiking
26 days ago

Just over four miles. Isn’t a bad climb, a nice relaxing hike to some great views. Highly recommend if your looking for a few hours to hike and relax.

hiking
26 days ago

1 month ago

Somewhat strenuous but worth the view at the top

hiking
1 month ago

I’m a rather experienced hiker with a few 14’ers under my belt, despite living in IN, not CO. I am in decent, but FAR from excellent condition currently, and this wasn’t a great challenge. The last .2 miles is rather steep, and you need to keep your eyes on the ground to avoid stepping on roots and rocks.

Based on the reviews here, I figured it would be a bit more demanding, but it’s a really nice 4-mile training hike that is accessible to even beginning hikers. For someone more deconditioned, the last section is still achievable - it just may require a rest break or two along the way (and there’s ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with that). The rock wall at the end isn’t bad at all either. Do make sure to get up that for the view though. I’m not at all talented when it comes to bouldering, so if I can do it comfortably, so can many others.

1 month ago

It's awesome for getting some off road miles in.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. one of the only tough hikes pretty close to Charlotte. other hikes in this park are as good or better.

hiking
2 months ago

Last half mile is a bit tough, but worth the view at the top

hiking
2 months ago

Went in July with my extended family. We are all pretty active and didn’t struggle much on this trail. The last half mile seems to be vertical and vey rough on the body however the views at the top are worth every strenuous step up the last bit. The only thing I didn’t like was the amount of people out there. Crowders is very well known and because of that most weekends is very busy.

2 months ago

Great, fun......perfect hike.

hiking
3 months ago

This is probably the most strenuous trail in the park, but still not too difficult. View at the top is probably the nicest within the entire park.

3 months ago

Harder than anticipated but amazing!!!!

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this trail on a Saturday in mid-November. The place was packed. Trail started off wide enough to walk side by side, but soon became rocky (large rocks in the trail that you had to step on,over,between.Passed a little guy (maybe 4 years old)that had tripped over one of the rocks and got scraped up. The upper third of the trail becomes steep and strenuous as you approach the pinnacle. But the view from the top is fantastic. On the way back down, we detoured onto the Turnback Trail, which as fewer rocks and makes for a very enjoyable return trip to the parking lot.

hiking
3 months ago

It was a great hike with spectacular views at the top, a little rocky but not that bad. The ascent was gradual enough to have you breath deep, so take your time on some of the ascents. they can be demanding.

hiking
4 months ago

gets your heart beating. Beautiful views.

hiking
4 months ago

One of my favorite trails. A must-hike when I visit family in Gastonia or KM. Gets a little crowded on beautiful fall weekends!

4 months ago

Excellent view and variety

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