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Rim of the Gap - Pinnacle Pass loop

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Highlights:

numerous streams, great outcrop, challenging trail
Near:Marietta, SC
Scenery:
Distance:5.2 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:2488 ft
Hike Time:3.5 hours
Difficulty:Strenuous
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Loop



Summary: This is a variation of another hike I have posted. There are so many great routes in this area you could stay busy for quite a while. This starts out on the Jones Gap trail and quickly exits onto the Rim of the Gap trail(6). 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 (20). 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. See you on the Trail !!!!!!

Trailhead: From Greenville travel north on Hwy 276 past junction with Hwy 11. Turn right at F-Mart convience store onto River Falls Road and proceed to the park. Trailhead is across river on west end of picnic area. (Lat:35.1245356606118 Lon:-82.5738705997551)
Trail Guides for Rim of the Gap - Pinnacle Pass loop:
Mountain Bridge Wilderness
by Greg Lucas ()

Hiking South Carolina
by Allen De Hart (Globe Pequot)

Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Jones Gap State Park , 864-836-3647 11:00 am - noon
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Shaun Mitchell, who has posted  17 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by AKL on 3/9/2005
Amazing views into the valley

Reviewed by Dana on 2/5/2005
I hiked this trail today with 3 others. The round trip was about 5 hours including a lunch stop, a brief detour (lost the trail), and a couple breaks to enjoy the scenery. I think the views may be best in the winter since foliage would block some great views. Pros: Outstanding views; deep rhododendron and pine groves; trail challenging and interesting Cons: None! It's a great hike. Caution: Descent westbound from the overlook is treacherous - Nomerous slick rock surfaces and poorly marked trail markers; not recommended without rugged footwear.


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