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pookster1127Not since the fire


I hiked it from the base as Bob suggests and done both the climbing wall trail and the knob trail. Have not been back since the fire, though. Will put up a few picture albumns once I get back to do some top roping when the weather cooperates. See some pics on my article. Climbing in the Southeastern Part of the US section
Posted Jan 31, 2013 2:02 pm

kteichertBeautiful  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 1, 2011


Beautiful area with miles and miles of trees and farmland surrounding this prominent pinnacle. Autumn leaves were out in full effect. Great place to visit.
Posted Nov 2, 2011 5:54 pm

islandborn11Sunny day, nice elevation gain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 2, 2008


Enjoyed a pleasant day of hiking up and back. Just a cool looking mountain, even from the highway. About ten miles up and back.
Posted Apr 19, 2011 9:51 am

MaineMountainManPilotMtn  Sucess!
Fun loop hike and if you happen to bring some rock climbing gear - the cliffs by the edge of the parking lot have some good routes. Top-rope and a few lead.
Posted Jul 31, 2009 4:28 pm

AirborneBuffRock Climbing Fun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2009


Great day rock climbing with friends
Posted Jul 12, 2009 9:00 pm

NCclimberLots of good climbs  Sucess!


Nice climbing crag if you like short top-roped climbs and lots of people, but it is really close to the parking lot. Plus it has a lot to offer various levels of climbing.
Posted Mar 15, 2009 5:53 pm

citizen453First big route & various  Sucess!


I did my first 5.13 here. And by 'did' I mean flailed a lot on top rope until sweaty and delirious I could touch the bottom most part of the anchor. Great climbing though for all levels.
Posted Mar 17, 2008 5:41 pm

DoehleAlways fun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2004


Many fun trips, proposed to my wife in the shadow of the pinnacle
Posted Sep 27, 2007 4:06 pm

WoundedKneeGrindstone Trail, various climbing routes
Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2007


First real hiking trip for my 11-month old son - he had the best views perched in my backpack. The "big pinnacle" looks pretty cool.

Dec 9, 2007
Finished Pee Break, had problems on some others. Way out of climbing shape.
Posted Jun 2, 2007 5:51 pm

mylesRoute Climbed: Grandpa's Belay Date Climbed: May 1995  Sucess!


Various climbs since then in the designated climbing area along the cliff west of the pinnacle. Nice top-roping, with a couple of good single pitch climbs for leading.
Posted Aug 16, 2005 2:29 pm

vanny37Route Climbed: Various Date Climbed: April 10, 2005  Sucess!


Beautiful day in NC. Got some good climbing in.
Posted Apr 11, 2005 9:28 am

petersbikeRoute Climbed: Various Date Climbed: 1999


Various climbs top rope and lead
Posted Mar 17, 2005 6:45 pm

jomalDate Climbed: 1986-  Sucess!


Ah the memories. My first hike EVER.
Posted Oct 29, 2004 3:49 am

gatoRoute Climbed: Many Date Climbed: 1996-1999  Sucess!


Lots of good climbing on the cliffs of Pilot Mtn. Nice views, and right outside of Mt. Airy, the real-life Mayberry from the Andy Griffith Show.
Posted Sep 2, 2004 4:13 pm

AlpinistDate Climbed: October 1989


Hiked as far as we could on a beautiful autumn day. What a great area! The summit looked very inviting.
Posted Aug 15, 2004 12:23 am

BobSmithRoute Climbed: Ledge Spring Trail Date Climbed: June 22, 2004


You can't really "summit" Pilot Mountain, since the top of the mountain is off limits to people. The very top is completely surrounded by cliffs and is prime habitat for ravens and for several endangered plant communities. Other than park personnel and research folk, no one has been legally to the top for decades.

But you can get to the base of the surrounding cliffs via the Ledge Spring Trail/Joemokee Trail. The day I was there, I could only climb as high as the junction of the two trails since the Joemokee Trail was undergoing improvements.

Posted Jun 23, 2004 10:07 pm

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