Pilot Mountain-loop hike - Member Hike

Hike Name: Pilot Mountain-loop hike
Country: United States
State: North Carolina
Nearby Town: Pilot Mountain
Rating: 3 stars
Directions: U.S. 52 toward Pilot Mountain
Take the exit toward Pilot Mountain/?State Park
Total Hike Distance: 7.50 miles
Hike Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Lower parking area, near park office.
Trails Used: Grindstone Trail, Ledge Spring Trail, Mountain Trail, Grassy Ridge Trail
Backcountry Campsites: No
Backcountry Water Sources: Springs
Management: State Park Service
Contact Information: Address: 1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle, NC 27043
Office Phone: (336) 325-2355
Email: pilot.mountain@ncdenr.gov
Best Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Users: Hikers, Dogs
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads
Hike Summary: This is the second time I have done this hike in the winter. Winter is a good time to go because you get various views of the "knob" that are normally obscured by foliage. Starting from the lower level parking area, get a map in the office and then cross the road and turn right on the trail. This is the start of the Grindstone Trail. Follow this trail for about 3 miles as it ascends towards the top of Pilot Mountain. At times this trail ascends steeply, and at other times, it is gradual. After the last steep incline, at about mile 2.5, the grade levels out as it approaches Ledge Spring Trail. Follow this trail for about .3 mile and turn right at the rock steps. This is the Mountain Trail. This trail ascends and descends constantly for the 2.5 miles that you are on it. You will come to a road and follow the road for a few hundred feet until you pick up the Grassy Ridge Trail on the left. This trail is fairly level and an easy 1.7 miles back to the lower level parking area.



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