Pinnacle Trail

HARD 256 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 offers a number of activity options 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
813 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

scenic driving

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!

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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.

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.

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24 days ago

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24 days 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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25 days ago

Did this trail last week and it was a definitely a good workout! A lot of it was uphill, and the trail was so wide there was no confusion at all as to which direction to go. There's a short distance in the middle that goes over some rocks. The views from the top are awesome, you can even see the mountains in the far distance. I like that this one is longer than Backside Trail and Tower Trail on the other side of the park, but I like Backside better because it is more difficult. Tower trail just goes uphill at a very slow and steady pace, not really anything to look at. But this is definitely worth the hike to see the views at the top!

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28 days ago

28 days ago

Just did this trail in mid July and the amount of yellow jackets was surprising. I couldn't walk 5 feet without seeing 2 or 3 of them. The trail is very nice, but if you're allergic to wasps and yellow jackets you might want to enjoy it in the colder months.

29 days ago

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29 days ago

Awesome workout! Amazing view at the top. Took us an hour and 45 minutes, trying to hike as fast as we could. That speed was much slower the last half mile or so. As stated before, a must do.

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1 month ago

Love this trail but it is tough. But the view at the Pinnacle is very worth it.

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1 month ago

A little tough, but worth it for the view.