Pinnacle Park Tour
ElevationAscent: 3,551' 1,082 m
Descent: -3,552' -1,083 m
High: 6,013' 1,833 m
Low: 3,078' 938 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)
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“A 12-mile round-trip challenging run.”— Matt Kirby
From the trailhead, head up past the gate, and you are on the trail. Continue on the West Fork Trail toward Split Rock (0.5 miles). At 1.9 miles, you'll pass the trail that leads to the Pinnacle. Continue on West Fork. At 2.7 miles, you'll pass the East Fork Trail
Junction (this is the trail that you'll descend on later). Continue for another mile to the Black Rock Trail. This is a very steep 0.6 mile trail to Black Rock's summit.
After summiting Black Rock, continue east to Yellow Face. Summit Yellow Face and continue on to Blue Ridge Parkway. If you cross the road (use caution), you can continue to the Waterrock Knob parking area and run to the top. For this run, we just turned around and retraced our steps once we came to the road.
Once off Black Rock Trail, head back down to East Fork Trail (left) and follow this for 2.5 miles down to the parking lot.
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Local Club: Plott Balsam Runners
Land Manager: Jackson County, NC - Parks & Recreation Department