Saturday, January 22, 2011
Kings Pinnacle Hike 1/22/2011
We had a surprise at this point. This is where the trail use to quickly become steep but they have replaced the old eroded trail here with a new section. The new trail is slightly longer but the elevation gain is more gentle. After a pleasant walk on the new section we found ourselves once again on the old eroded trail with about a quarter mile left to go. This last section is the hardest due to more rapid elevation gain and exposed rocks and roots but don't give up - you are almost there.
With .17 miles to go you find a sign for the Ridge Trail. This is a new trail that follows the ridge line of this very old and eroded mountain chain south to the new Boulders Access area and then further south into Kings Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain National Military park in South Carolina. We would like to one day hike this trail but since it is longer then we usually hike in a day it would require us to bring a second vehicle to park at the Boulders Access instead of hiking back.