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Ascent of Mississippi-Santee-Pee Dee Triple Divide on 2019-06-19

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mississippi-Santee-Pee Dee Triple Divide
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:3720 ft / 1133 m

Ascent Trip Report

A private driveway walk to a huge house right on the summit ... 400 yds RT.

See Tom Layton's TR for a good informative read.

From Hwy #321 I drove up Pinnacle Avenue a very short distance to a JCT with Cliff Drive on the right (signed private). I checked out Cliff Drive which dead-ends at a house (there was no one home). The whole north side of Cliff Drive is a cliff, not too inviting being that this private so I looked elsewhere.

There is a very small parking spot at the JCT Pinnacle/Cliff. I parked here and walked up Pinnacle 150 yds and found a small head path on the right (just before its crest and about 15yds before house #299 on the left).
The whole mountain slope is rhododendrons so I fought my way up the slope (south) 40 yds to a fence line. I could see a driveway ahead and the roof of a house beyond so I backtracked to Pinnacle and continued on Pinnacle another 150 yds to driveway #344 on the right (with an open gate and a sign "Silver Stone"). The driveway was partly moss covered and didn't appear to be recently used.
There is a tight parking spot on the other side of the road.

I walked up the driveway (200 yds) to a huge stone house sitting right on the summit - no one answered the door and little evidence of life, although an outside light over the door was on.
I walked around, giving a shout-out as I made my way to the rear - a gorgeous view to the southwest.

I believe this is the only safe way to access this HP - walk up or drive up.

While here took the time to visit Blowing Rock - a very touristy place with a 6$ entry fee.
BM "BLOWING ROCK #3, 1933". A superb observation platform with a panorama to the southwest, similar to the house at the triple divide HP - Mitchell in the distance.

"NORTH CAROLINA WAS ESTABLISHED AS A COLONY IN 1729, NAMED IN HONOR OF KING CHARLES 1 OF ENGLAND IT IS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL THIRTEEN COLONIES. ON NOVEMBER 21, 1789 NORTH CAROLINA BECAME THE 12TH STATE TO RATIFY THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. IT DECLARED ITS SECESSION FROM THE UNION ON MAY 20, 1861, BECOMING THE LAST OF ELEVEN STATES TO JOIN THE CONFEDERATE STATES. FOLLOWING THE CIVIL WAR, THE STATE WAS RESTORED TO THE UNION ON JUNE 25, 1868."
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.4 km
    Route:walk up driveway #344 from pinnacle
    Trailhead:pinnacle driveway #344  3620 ft / 1103 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike



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