Ascent of The Pinnacle on 2013-06-04

Climber: Hockey Puck

Date:Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:The Pinnacle
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:480 ft / 146 m

Ascent Trip Report

The unmarked trail begins to the right side of the unnamed gravel parking area on Pinnacle road. The wide, clear and well outlined trail dips then begins a very gradual .11 mile incline to a T intersection with a summit sign pointing left. This is a steeper "short cut" At .16 miles you will reach a short and steep pitch and a trail intersection with the main trail at .17 miles. I continued on the less traveled and thinner "shortcut" along the cusp of a steep ridgeline. The grade becomes more moderate then meets the main trail intersection a third time 0.25 miles. From the intersection the main trail inclines flanking a series of cliffs around the western perimeter of the Pinnacle. At 0.33 miles the trail ascends the lowest of cliff area 100 Ft. to the summit. A trail (marked in blue) parallels the ridge trail and descends towards Pinnacle Pond it meets at the first (0.17 mile) intersection.

The summit is mostly open offering clear views of Mt. Kearsarge to the north and the town of Hooksett and Merrimack River to the northeast. The summit was not signed however I found 2 rods drilled into the granite rocks. Each were about 1/2" diameter and protruded 2-3 inches from the rock surface.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:265 ft / 80 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:265 ft / 80 m
    Start Trailhead:215 ft / 65 m
Descent Statistics

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