Summary: 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 !!
Trailhead: Located in Gaston County, 25 miles west of Charlotte. Exit I-85 at US 29/74, turn south on SR1125 to the park entrance. (Lat:35.12799 Lon:-81.17623)
Trail Guides for PinnacleTrail-TurnbackTrail:
Hiking North Carolina
by Randy Johnson (Falcon)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Park Ranger (704)853-5391
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by John Ghent, who has posted 12 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Lara on 6/19/2012
Hiked this trail on a rainy, cool morning, making it a little more dangerous because everything was kind of slippery. When you get to the top, you don't have to climb the huge boulders as there is a path off to the right that you can follow which loops around to the pinnacle. This was my option to avoid slipping on the boulders. The view is breathtaking and the hike is tough but nothing my 44 yr old smoker husband couldn't manage!
Reviewed by mike on 6/16/2012
Hiked the 1.7 miles of Pinacle trail in under 30 min. This was with poles and running part of the way. For a very fit guy in his 50s, this was a great workout. Love the time at the top.
Reviewed by RP on 7/13/2009
Hiked this recently with my almost 3yr old daughter in Tow. Went only a little bit beyond turnback intersection, because of the little one, but we had tremendous fun. Highly recommended.
Reviewed by TJ on 5/30/2009
Loved it exvept wanted a quiet weekday hike and instead there was an junior high class clogging the trail. Hike was great exercise and view was excellent.
Reviewed by Judy on 2/10/2008
Nice hike, well marked trail, on a Saturday afternoon there were lots of hikers, felt safe alone, great view from King's Pinnacle, last 15 min to top steep but not too bad, overall took 1.5 hours
Reviewed by C on 9/22/2007
I would be extermely careful at the top. There are numerous deaths each year from people falling. I have witnessed one event and it is quite scary. STAY ON TEH TRAIL AT THE TOP.
Reviewed by msb on 8/23/2007
My wife and I hiked this trail in 95 degree weather. It is very tough for the top 1/2 of the trail. The views are worth the climb. We saw 3 hawks floating in the updrafts. Be careful coming down, the turnback trail is easier going for those of us who have not hiked in awhile.
Reviewed by Jay on 4/3/2006
Last 1/3 is as advertised; it's a strenuous climb. First part is not difficult and very pretty. You have to climb over some boulders to gain the ridge of King's Pinnacle, but the view offers one of the best payoffs you'll find. You basically have a 360-degree view that is for all intents and purposes unobstructed. Can see Charlotte easily, the Sounth Mountains near Morganton very easily and on a clear day the Blue Ridge.
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