Rim of the Gap - Pinnacle Pass loop

HARD 30 reviews

Rim of the Gap - Pinnacle Pass loop is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Marietta, South Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2549 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

This trail starts out on the Jones Gap trail and quickly exits onto the Rim of the Gap Trail. There is good trout fishing and campsites along the river if your interested in several good day hikes. Head West on the rim trail, this is almost all uphill until you reach the 6/22 connector trail. Go left towards Pinnacle Pass trail. Take another left onto Pinnacle Pass. This is generally a ridge walk to a magnificent rock outcrop that provides a great rest spot before the steep descent to the trailhead. Along the way you will see numerous picturesque streams and falls along with massive boulder and rock formations. The fauna here is extremely diverse at time resembling a tropical rainforest. This is a great day hike. Someone in average physical condition should have a great time.

hiking
14 days ago

Nice trail that up top runs adjacent to some high cliffs. Many of these have light streams which in or after rain would be amazing waterfalls. Fun to climb on and explore. There really is only one good overlook or view but still a good trip. The section along the Middle Saluda River is also nice. Definitely recommend bringing a map.

hiking
14 days ago

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hiking
1 month ago

like every hike in Caesars Head very challenging beautiful views

hiking
1 month ago

This is definitely a hikers hike, as previously mentioned. It was very challenging and a great climb (starting with pinnacle pass and going to rim of the gap), but the reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because there was literally not one rewarding overlook or view. Yes, when you get to the highest point of elevation, you can kind of see through the trees, and it's a nice view, but there are definitely no 'holy shit' moments where you're thinking 'this was worth every bit of difficulty' ... then again, I have high expectations for hikes that are this hard. Overall, I would definitely hike this again, but solely for the difficulty, probably try out the whole pinnacle pass trail next time instead of taking the connector back to rim of the gap. This park is amazingly beautiful, and the trail map is worth the buy. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a challenge, but just know there won't be any overlooks from the top.

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2 months ago

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5 months ago

Definitely a challenge, go prepared for a great hike

hiking
7 months ago

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9 months ago

Monday, July 25, 2016

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Saturday, June 04, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I was looking for a challenge, and this was it! I wouldn't attempt this without a trail map, it can get a little confusing with all the connectors. Toughest hike in South Carolina so far!

backpacking
Sunday, May 22, 2016

Combining several trails to make a loop can be a challenge for a new comer.The arrangement, Rim of the Gap with Pinnacle Pass Trail ( and other trails) requires a good reading of the trail map and constant vigilance to the markers. Carrying a map with you is highly recommended. This being said this serious loop can test you to the limit and gives you a great sense of satisfaction. I have made the hike several times with a 20lbs back-pack (something not recommended for beginners) in about 4 hours. The steep Pinnacle Pass Trail section, specially if you select to include it at the beginning of the hike, is more an obstacle course than a trail for a casual walk. It is just as treacherous when you go downhill , but obviously less tiring! There are few great views but the one of the Gap, afforded from the rock outcrop on #20 trail, is spectacular: you'll see the diminutive shape of Pretty Place Chapel from there.

hiking
Monday, April 11, 2016

Amazing hike but tough. Many difficult climbs. We went counter clockwise and while the descent on Pinnacle Pass was tough, we were glad we took Rim of the Gap first as it was an long steady climb up to top.

hiking
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

This is a hikers hike. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who isn't looking for a challenge. I actually recorded this loop as a full 10 miles from the parking lot. The Rim of the Gap trail is a bit tricky. The trail is well marked but some spots you will actually question if that really is the trail. You cross a number of mountain creeks and a couple spots you're actually hiking up a creek, so it can get wet and slippery. I could see this being difficult for a dog because there are a number of ladders and the trail gets really tight in more than a few spots. The views could be better. If you're looking to push yourself this will be right up your alley.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

The Rim of the Gap trail isn't for the novice or beginner. The uphill leg will wear you out if you're not used to a moderately difficult hike. The Rim of the Gap section is pretty well marked by yellow blazes, but like others have said, it's not hard to lose the trail at points. Some of the switchbacks aren't marked great and you can miss them. I'd avoid this trail if there have been heavy rains. It was clear that some of the waterfalls get pretty big and wash across the trail. If you're looking for a workout, this is a good hike. But if you're looking for views, might be good to choose a different trail.