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LIttle Pinnacle Mountain Loop Trail

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Caesars Head State Park

LIttle Pinnacle Mountain Loop Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Slater-Marietta, South Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,610 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

This hike is a workout, there are a number of trails and options in this area, a map can be purchased from the park office. The beginning is an easy riverside walk but once you get on the Ishi Trail it basically runs up the side of the gorge. After you reach trail 6 cross to trail 20 via trail 22 (connector 1/10th of a mile long) Heading east on the Pinnacle Pass trail you will come to an awesome overlook. This is a great lunch spot. When you are ready to go it's all downhill from there, really downhill. This trail offers a lot of solitude due to it's elevation gain and loss. There is a lot to see here.

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10 months ago

I enjoyed the solitude this trail provided as I didn’t see another hiker for the entire loop. However, this also meant that I hit every single spider web and there were a ton of them. Unfortunately, the views on this hike were minimal and not very rewarding. If you’re looking for a challenging walk in the woods, this might be the one for you. I probably won’t do it a second time.

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Tue May 07 2019

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Thu Jan 24 2019

Took us 4 hours total. It was bit overgrown but easy to follow the trail blazes. Big scary overlook gave me the heebyjeebiez. Make sure you wear waterproof shoes if its been raining recently, a lot of the trail was on trickling water.

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Fri Aug 31 2018

Good workout, did it in clockwise direction. Did not try Ishi trail version as that trail was closed about 10 years ago. From River Walk Trail turn left in to Rim of the Gap Trail #6 yellow until start of Pinnacle Pass Trail # 20 white This is where a strenuous 2 miles section lays ahead Nice overlook along this way Stayed on # 20 until John Sloan Trail #21 leads back to Rim of the Gap Trail ( Turning earlier on # 22 connector would shorten the loop by an easy going 1.5 miles ) Return on Rim of the Gap Trail is the easy part of this Loop

Sat Apr 14 2018

It's tough. ... ps. Don't fall over the chain. it's a long long way down.

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Mon Nov 13 2017

This hike is as hard as it shows, many straight up the side of a mountain spots. I wouldn't suggest bringing dogs or small children as it is very strenuous at points. The trail has one good lookout point but overall you are in a tree line most of the time. If you want a challenge this will definitely get the blood flowing.

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Mon Jun 12 2017

It was a Challenge, but it was worth it.

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Sun Aug 28 2016

Ishi trail has been closed for several years. Tough hike.

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