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Crowders Mountain PInnacle Trail Crowders Mountain State Park, NC
miles
LENGTH 4.1 MILES
DIFFICULTY 5.7 Easy
Medium
DURATION 2-3 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
930
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Crowders Mountain PInnacle Trail

A quick 4 mile out-and-back trail is all it takes for excellent views from the top of King’s Pinnacle in Crowders Mountain State Park. At half an hour west of Charlotte, the park makes a great escape from the city. Of course, everyone has the same idea, so expect crowds on the weekends.

Both the Pinnacle and the Crowders trails start to the left of the park office. For the first section until the two trails diverge, you will see several blazes, including a white diamond (Crowders Trail), red circle, and orange circle with a white hiker silhouette in it. At the junction, stay to the left.

From here, the trail slowly begins to gain elevation and eventually becomes very rocky, passing through a small boulder field. Climbing up onto some of the rocks affords views to the south in the winter when not obscured by trees. Along the way are several side trails, however, it is easy to recognize and follow the main trail. At halfway, the trail comes to its second junction with the Turnback trail, which, as its name implies, takes you back toward the parking area. Again, the junction is well marked with a sign and map to guide you.

Here the trail continues to gain elevation, gradually increasing the incline. This is the only difficult section of the hike, but doesn’t last long. Shortly before the trail end, the path crosses its third junction, this time with the Ridgeline trail. Continuing along the Pinnacle trail, the path ends at a large rock outcrop. Climb the rock and explore several open areas for great views to the northwest.

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Details
length4.1 miles
difficulty5.7 Easy-Medium
duration2 - 3 hours
features Dog Friendly  Summit  Views 
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeOrange Circle
elevation gain930 ft.
park/forestCrowders Mountain State Park
ranger districtCrowders Mountain State Park
522 Park Office Lane
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
704-853-5375
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 35.213473, -81.293678 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 35°12.81, W 81°17.62 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 35°12'49'', N 35°12'49'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Directions Trailhead Coordinates
35.213473, -81.293678 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 35°12.81, W 81°17.62 most GPS units use this one
N 35°12'49'', N 35°12'49'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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Notes
Park Hours: Dec-Feb 7am-6pm, Mar-Apr and Oct 7am-8pm, May-Sep 7am-9pm, Nov 7am-7pm.
Get there early on weekends. It gets a tad crowded.
The view at the end is preceded by a warning sign. Take heed and be careful along the rocky cliffs.
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4 (1)
hikethesouth-3 weeks ago
Great Hike Right Out of the City
This is an excellent getaway from Charlotte with several trail options. Good for beginners building up to more difficult hikes. Great views.
Easy-Medium | Hiked Fall 2011
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