Spring @ Table Rock -- Hike 1 to Pinnacle - Mon, Nov 2 2020

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Spring @ Table Rock -- Hike 1 to Pinnacle

The Basics:
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Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Table Rock State Park, SC   Hike: Spring @ Table Rock -- Hike 1 to Pinnacle  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Mon, Nov 2 2020  9:30 am >> Mon, Nov 2 2020 11:30 pm
Registration Opens: Sun, Jan 26 2020 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Apr 1 2020 7:00 pm
Event Duration:14 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:10 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 5 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


Spring at Table Rock / Hike 1 to Pinnacle

This is hike 1 of 2 at South Carolina's Table Rock State Park. We've taken the best of Table Rock and divided it into two accessible D4 hikes. Join one or both back-to-back day hikes.

Hike 1 tackles the "other" mountain peak at the park, Pinnacle Mountain. Pinnacle actually sits higher than Table Rock Mountain at 3,425 feet. Beginning near the Nature Center, we'll hike along Carrick Creek for the first couple of miles, passing waterfalls and making several stream crossings. Along the way, we'll take a short in-and-out side trail to an overlook of Mill Creek Falls before reaching Bald Rock Overlook, featuring some of the best views in the entire park. After a lunch and rest break, we'll make the final push up to Pinnacle -- this last section is short but steep with rocks and boulders. We'll return by making a small loop at the top combining the forested Ridge and Mill Creek Pass trails before continuing back on the Pinnacle Trail.

Estimated distance is almost 10 miles, with elevation gain approaching 2,500 feet and technical terrain. The estimated duration of the hike is just a best guess; we'll be moving at a moderate pace but we'll take breaks as needed and will go slower on the final uphill section. This is a hard D4, borderline D5 hike. If you don't have recent, substantial D4 or above experience, this is not a suitable event.

If you choose to do it as a single day hike, the park is about a 2.5 hour drive from Atlanta. The trip leaders plan to stay overnight in the park's cabins the nights of April 1 and 2. (https://southcarolinaparks.com/table-rock/lodging) There also are lots of lodging options in nearby Greenville.


Required Items to Bring:

-Good hiking shoes or boots

-Lots of water

-Packed lunch

-$6 cash for daily park entrance fee

Recommended Items to Bring:
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- Hiking poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

We'll meet at the Table Rock Summit Trailhead, near the Nature Center, located at 391 Table Rock State Park Rd, Pickens, SC 29671.


Daily park entrance fee is $6 per person, cash only.

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We'll try to hike unless weather conditions are very bad.