Crowder's Mountain Pinnacle Trail
Crowder Mountain State Park, North Carolina
Difficulty
hike difficulty
7.8
Length
hike difficulty
4
Duration 1.5 - 2.5 hours
Elevation Gain 920 ft.
State North Carolina
Park/Forest Crowder Mountain State Park
Parking Fee None
Blaze Red Circle
Nearby City Kings Mountain, NC
Trailhead Coord. 35.213473, -81.293678

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



The trail starts to the left of the park office, at the trailhead for both the Pinnacle and the Crowders trails. 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, the Crowders trail turns to the right and the Pinnacle to the left. From here, the trail slowly begins to gain elevation.



Midway, the trail starts to become 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. The junction, as all are in the park, 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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GETTING THERE
Trailhead Coordinates
35.213473, -81.293678 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 35°12.81, W 81°17.62 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 35°12'49'', W 81°17'37'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)

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ADDITIONAL INFO

Ranger District Information
Crowders Mountain State Park
522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain, NC 28086
704-853-5375



Cautions & Warnings
At the summit, there are several steep cliffs and drop offs.