Pinnacle Mountain Trail

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Pinnacle Mountain Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pickens, South Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2332 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

forest

waterfall

Strenuous hike to summit of Pinnacle Mountain. Small waterfalls. Good overlook. The trailhead is just beyond the Nature Center at the edge of the parking lot. Be sure and fill out the self-service trail registration at the trailhead. The first 0.2 miles is a relatively flat, paved path that parallels a creek. Small cascades and pools are easily accessible from the trail. After the pavement ends, follow the trail signs for the Pinnacle Mtn. trail. The trail is in fair shape most of the way. There is significant erosion in a few places and parts of the trail can be quite muddy. At about the 2.5 mile mark is the Bald Rock Overlook where you can look back towards Table Rock Mtn. The summit is marked by a sign and a pile of rocks but you're in the middle of a forest with no view. Return the way you came or continue on the Ridge Trail that connects the Pinnacle Mountain and Table Rock trails.

hiking
3 days ago

Amazing hike! Snow made it a little slippery but trail was breathtaking! Hard in several places and climbing up to summit part was strenuous. The view from Bald Knob absolutely spectacular! Totally worth every step. Would do again!

hiking
22 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

The real view is the bald rock about 1/3 mile from top. Nice hike to there. Last 1/3 mile is StEEp!! And the pinnacle is surrounded by jungle like foliage so there is no “view”, which after 3+ hours of hike with the last bit a severe incline, was disappointing. But still a nice walk in the woods ...

1 month ago

We hiked this trail last week up to Bald's Knob. It was 7.75 miles round-trip and took us a bit over 4 hours. We are almost 50 yrs old with 2 knee braces but it wasn't super difficult. It was beautiful being on top of the mountain! The trail was very clear. We ran into other hikers early on coming down a different trail that had seen a bear. Luckily, we didn't see one.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This hike was amazing. The distance is roughly ten miles. The views at Bald's Knob are the best part of the hike. My boyfriend and I were able to eat lunch in front of the beautiful 180° views of other mountains in the area. The remainder of the hike is extremely steep, but it is so worth it to reach it to the summit. Definitely pack lots of water!

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Love this trail! My friend and I hiked this trail in June. It was my second time and his first. Great day even though it rained 70% of the time. Still alot of wildfire damage from the previous year. My advice is to go prepared to spend time at the overlook.

hiking
4 months ago

A very straight forward hike until the end. Prepare to hike up many 'stairs'. The trail is usually wide and quite clearly marked. Encountered a black bear around mile three. The views from Bald Knob are pretty spectacular. After that the rest of the hike is a rather strenuous constant climb to the summit. Insect repellent is a must for this one.

hiking
5 months ago

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5 months ago

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5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Good warm up for Table Rock Trail.

6 months ago

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Bald Knob was the best stop as you can't see much from the summit. There are some rocks there off the official trail that are amazing to sit on and enjoy the view as long as you are careful! Definitely will be coming back for the view! For someone who is in great physical condition, it was an amazing first hike! Not as hard as I expected.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

7 months ago

Interesting trail with beautiful overlook at Balds Knob. There is no view at the summit because of the trees in the way . Unless you're going for endurance, turn around from balds knob and hear back down. That last half mile is a calve killer.

8 months ago

Hiked up Pinnacle yesterday with a group of friends and then went over to the Table Rock trail back to the trail head. Loved the hike up Pinnacle. Really beautiful and quiet, lots of neat rock formations and views. The portion from Bald Rock to the top of Pinnacle was tough, but the rest of it was fairly easy going considering you're climbing up a mountain. Definitely worth it and made for a fun 8 mile hike. It took us just under 5 hours with a stop for lunch and some rest breaks along the way. (FYI if you're trying to estimate for your own hike, we didn't go to the top of Table Rock. It would have added about 3 miles and we were running short on time.)