Pinnacle Pass Trail and Naturaland Trust Trail
to Dismal Trail

Picture of rock face with streams of water beside trail

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Date Hiked: 4/13/97

Length: 6.2 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 4

Scenery: 3

Blaze: orange on Pinnacle Pass Trail (20), pink on Naturaland Trust Trail (14)

Main Features: streams, boulders, granite cliffs

Animals: eastern fence lizards, broadhead skink, vultures, large snail, barred owl (saw up close eating a squirrel), chipmunk, pileated woodpeckers, gray squirrel

Location: Mountain Bridge Wilderness, South Carolina

The Pinnacle Pass Trail (20) crosses highway 276, 3.2 miles north of the turn to Asbury Methodist Camp, and 2.7 miles south of Caesars Head State Park headquarters. There is a paved pull-off 0.2 miles north of where the trail crosses the highway. Walking down highway 276 from the pull-off, turn right onto the trail. Hiker registration is required. Forms are available at park headquarters.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 350 feet to high point at 0.7 miles
Descend 1,200 feet to junction at 2.6 miles
Ascend 100 feet to junction at 3.1 miles
Total Ascent: 1,650 feet

0.0 pull-off beside highway 276
walk down road away from Caesar's Head State Park headquarters
0.2 turn right on Pinnacle Pass Trail (20)
0.7 turn left on old road
0.8 turn left on Naturaland Trust Trail (14), (end of trail 20)
0.9 cross two streams
1.0 cross stream among boulders, waterfall visible on right
1.1 rock overhang on right (rain shelter)
partial views left
1.2 stream crossing
1.3 begin following scenic base of cliff with boulders and streams
1.5 view left (south)
1.6 rock overhang on right (rain shelter)
1.8 ignore road on left
2.0 begin following left edge of deep ravine
2.1 turn right on old road
2.2 turn right on old road
2.4 turn right following blazes (prominent trail continues straight)
stream crossing
2.5 stream crossing
stream crossing
2.6 turn right at junction
(straight is dramatic two-cable bridge across Matthews Creek on trail leading to Asbury Methodist Camp)
bear right (campsite on left)
2.7 turn left on rocky road
2.8 scenic cascade on left
stream crossing
2.9 stream crossing on log
campsite D4 on left
scenic cascades on left
3.0 stream crossing
campsite D5 on left
bear left off of rocky road
3.1 stream crossing
junction with Dismal Trail (12) on right


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