Jones Gap Trail, Rim of the Gap Trail,
Pinnacle Pass Trail, and 6 & 20 Connector Trail


Picture of one of several good views from Pinnacle Pass Trail

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You should obtain current information before attempting any hike.

Date Hiked: 7/9/95

Length: 7.2 miles (overstated)

Type: loop

Difficulty: 4

Scenery: 3

Blaze: blue on Jones Gap Trail (#1), yellow on Rim of the Gap Trail (#6), orange on Pinnacle Pass Trail (#20), purple on 6 & 20 Connector Trail (#22)

Main Features: view from overlook on Pinnacle Pass Trail

Animals: eastern fence lizard, toads (22), vultures, crows, pileated woodpeckers, meadowlark, great horned owl, gray squirrels, chipmunks, cardinal

Location: Jones Gap State Park, South Carolina

Driving east on highway 11 from near Table Rock State Park, drive 4.0 miles past the merging of highways 11 and 276. Turn left on River Falls Road (beside F-Mart). Drive 5.7 miles to the Jones Gap State Park parking area at the end of the road. Park. (The parking lot is inside the gate, which closes at dusk.) It's about 0.4 miles from the parking lot to the trailhead by way of the restroom and the park office.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 1,250 feet from car to high point on ridge at 3.5 miles
Descend 150 feet to valley floor at 3.9 miles
Ascend 100 feet to Rim of Gap Trail (6) at 4.4 miles
Descend 1,200 feet to parking lot
Total Ascent: 1,350 feet

Note: The distances below are overstated due to a faulty pedometer.

Miles
0.0 registration station at beginning of Jones Gap Trail (1)
(hikers are required to register)
0.1 turn left on Rim of the Gap Trail (6), blazed yellow
cross stream
cross stream
0.5 turn left on Pinnacle Pass Trail (20), blazed orange
1.0 rusty drum in stream on left
1.3 cross stream on granite
cross stream and ascend
1.4 reach base of granite face on right
1.5 reach end of granite face
1.9 reach ridge crest
2.5 large boulders on left
overlook (one of the park's best views)
2.7 begin following ridge crest
3.0 highpoint on ridge amongst boulders
3.5 highpoint on ridge
3.6 partial view of valley and higher ground ahead
3.9 reach bottom of small valley, begin following logging road
4.2 diamond shaped state park boundary sign on left
4.3 wet area in trail
turn right on 6 & 20 Connector (22), blazed purple
4.4 turn right on Rim of the Gap Trail (6), blazed yellow
5.5 partial views left across valley
cross stream
5.6 cross stream
5.9 cross stream
stream flows down trail, large boulder on left
6.0 partial views on left across valley
6.2 stream flows down trail
6.3 cross stream on rotten log
6.6 ignore trail exiting on left
6.6 stream crossing with large boulder on right
6.7 Pinnacle Pass Trail (20) exits on right
6.7 cross stream
7.1 ignore trail on left
turn right on Jones Gap Trail (1), blazed blue
7.2 trail registration station



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