Ascent of The Pinnacle on 2014-09-22

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, September 22, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:The Pinnacle
    Elevation:1660 ft / 505 m

Ascent Trip Report

Third leg of my morning adventure. This small peak is worth promoting in the database as it was much more interesting than the county HP (Horn Mountain) or the other knolls I had explored earlier in the morning. I parked my car at small turn out in the narrow County Gravel Road CR 600-1 and backed my car in towards an old jeep trail. This was not the closest point to the peak along the road (in fact where it bows outward away) but it was the only safe place I found to park out of the way.

The USGS map gives this spot an elevation at 1,332 feet; so it gave me a good starting elevation and TH. Not having time to fool around with compass and GPS and needing to run up this peak quickly I tied some periodic blue tape up to the summit. My venture was very pleasing. First of all, unlike the other overlooks and knolls I explored that had signs of man by litter, I found no trails, no litter, and no sign of humans. Secondly, the views from the Pinnacle were quite good for a relatively low altitude peak in the area. There were some nasty thorny briers and cat briers at the summit but I did not care when I realized that the north side of the peak had a nice rock allowing for photos and the ability to enjoy the solitude of the forest.

This was only around a 350 feet gain bushwhack - but short and simple, with the lack of trails and trash, no towers at the top, and some nice rock to play on at the top, this side trip picked up my spirits as I finished my morning hike of three small peaks gaining a total of 1,300 feet and hiking over 7 miles all in pursuit of the CHP. Then off to the next mountain range. I enjoyed this little solitude climb more than the other 2 pursuits including the CHP
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:353 ft / 106 m
    Total Elevation Loss:353 ft / 107 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Grade/Class:1 and some easy 3
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:328 ft / 99 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Start Trailhead:CR 601-1 at USGS spot 1,332  1332 ft / 405 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:353 ft / 107 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 328 ft / 100 m; Extra: 25 ft / 7m
    Gain on way out:25 ft / 7 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    End Trailhead:CR 601-1 at USGS spot 1,332  1332 ft / 405 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Talladega

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Horn Mountain2014-09-22 a769 ft / 234 m
2Horn Knoll2014-09-22 b165 ft / 50 m
3The Pinnacle2014-09-22 c353 ft / 108 m
Total Trip Gain: 1287 ft / 392 m    Total Trip Loss: 1287 ft / 393 m

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