Meet at Nature Center
Thursday, July 20
Half Day -- Lookout Traverse Loop (Lookout Trail to Trestle; Trestle to Buck Gap; Toll Road back to Lookout and down) Easy with Moderate Sections. Pace: Moderate
Full Day – Pinnacle
Moderate with some strenuous sections; 16.4 miles total; 3300’gain.
The second-longest hike of the summer takes us to Pinnacle Mountain, just south of the Blue Ridge Parkway near the entrance to Mount Mitchell State Park. We’ll take the Graybeard Trail to the foot of Graybeard Mountain, walk along the Mitchell Toll Road all the way to the Parkway, and then double back along the ridge line to Pinnacle. We’ll have a leisurely lunch at the top with plenty of time to take in the excellent view (and a nap), and then return via the Toll Road to Buck Gap, Lookout Trail and home. Be sure to bring rain gear and plenty of water.