Pinnacle Trail

HARD 305 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!

22 days ago

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

hiking
25 days ago

This is the most strenuous trail in the park. View at the top is probably the nicest within the entire park.

27 days ago

Harder than anticipated but amazing!!!!

hiking
28 days 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

gets your heart beating. Beautiful views.

hiking
1 month 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!

1 month ago

Excellent view and variety

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked on 10-14-17. Steep climb towards the end. View would have been better at the top but it was cloudy. Trail was very visible for first time hiking it. This was voted #1 for hikes at Crowders Mtn, but I enjoyed the Rocktop Trail more due to the extensive amount of rocks. Still, this trail was challenging.

2 months ago

My wife and I took the kids (3under 7) about 3 months ago and they loved it We love it as well.

hiking
3 months ago

Great workout! Beautiful at the top!

hiking
3 months ago

Challenging hike up but definitely worth the view!

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing! The view is awesome!

hiking
3 months ago

great view at the top..fun unexpected switchbacks. I really didnt find this as difficult as i planned it to be.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Very steep at the end but a great challenge. I also enjoy the rocky part about halfway in.

3 months ago

challenging, but fun

4 months ago

For some reason unbeknownst to us, everyone around here loves Crowders Mountain. You will find the people that recommend any of the trails there have not hiked many other places. My husband and I are avid, serious, hikers and this is hands-down the hardest hike for the worst payoff/view in all of NC. We have gone several times only because we were with people that insisted on going there for the first time and then, after, agreed with us that it's not worth it. There is only flat land to see from the top and you mostly can see industrial buildings. You will notice there is usually only one angle that anyone gets a "scenic" picture here. And that's because that is literally the one and only small view that is actually doesn't have buildings, cars, or roads in it. All of the trails to the top are fairly difficult the last 1/3 or so, have almost no air flow (even in winter), and we have encountered on more than one occasion...marathon runners training who were winded and overheated who were having a hard time and having to stop every 50yards the last bit. The top of the mountain ALWAYS had a dangerous strong cross wind and 2 or 3 people have died falling from it in the last few years. We have decided to not hike it again because it is honestly just awful all around. We don't mind a super hard hike if the payoff view is gorgeous or the hike is scenic. This is neither.

4 months ago

Close drive from the city; fairly easy until the last .7 miles, then it gets tough. Absolutely worth the view though! There were a lot of small bees but they kept to themselves for the most part.

hiking
4 months ago

The last .2 miles of this trail will definitely get your heart pumping, but it's well worth the effort. There are great views from the pinnacle, and the trail up there is an enjoyable hike. The trail was well marked, and there are also free maps available from the convenient visitors' center. Highly recommended hike!

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