Ascent of North Pinnacle on 2016-10-15

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Date:Saturday, October 15, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:North Pinnacle
    Location:USA-South Dakota
    Elevation:3255 ft / 992 m

Ascent Trip Report

Wanted to make a hike out of this prom. peak parked at a lower overlook down near the base and hiked down to the BM 2646 and then hiked up the road to an area between the Hunter's Overlook and the Pinnacles Overlook. The herd trail goes up to a "u" shaped ridge and if you follow the knife edge of the hill over sedimentary pebbles on top of the clay and grass ridge there are a few undulations and you will find the USGS marker from the 1930s. The we hiked down.
I wanted to earn the peak not do a drive up from the parking lot.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:689 ft / 209 m
    Total Elevation Loss:80 ft / 24 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:649 ft / 197 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 609 ft / 186 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Loss on way in:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:park road to herd trail
    Start Trailhead:park road near the base BM EL 2646  2646 ft / 806 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Gain on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km

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