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Feb 27, 2016 - Late Winter Pilot Mountain Hike

It was the first time this year I had the opportunity to hike outside of the Raleigh area. We met in the Chapel Hill area at 8 and carpooled out to Pilot Mountain, parking at the Corridor Trailhead parking along Pinnacle Hotel Road. We arrived a little after 930. Once everyone used the restrooms and got their stuff together, we started off on the trail around 10. Hiking across Pinnacle Hotel Road, we started on the red-blazed Mountain Trail. At the first intersection, we turned left to hike around the mountain. This was my first time hiking...

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Jun 2, 2012 - National Trails Day

Yesterday, for National Trails Day, we headed to Pilot Mountain for a day hike. There was a charity bike ride at the park and so a lot of traffic and parking delays at the summit, so we hiked up along the Mountain Trail. We parked at the southern end of the Mountain Section of the park at the Corridor Trail parking lot and started our hike. The trail starts at the southern part of Pilot Mountain and makes it way up the mountain going in a clockwise direction. Although the trail is mostly a gradual slope up with a few ups and downs, at...

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Jul 31, 2011 - Hiking at Pilot Mountain

After Hanging Rock, we headed to Pilot Mountain for more hiking. We parked at the visitor center and hiked up the Grindstone Trail to the parking lot at the summit. We stopped at the Little Pinnacle Overlook to take pictures of Pilot Mountain, then hiked the Jameokee Trail around the Big Pinnacle and took the Ledge Springs Trail back to the Grindstone Trail and back to the visitor center. It rained yet again on the way down, but it was a light rain so didn't get too wet. Then we stopped for dinner outside the park and headed back to...

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Jun 6, 2010 - Pilot Mountain S.P.

We visited the Pilot Mountain State Park today, it was a little cloudy but we were still able to get a few good pictures. For centuries Pilot Mountain has served as a landmark for Native Americans, early explorers, and migrating wildlife. This iconic peak is the most recognizable mountain in North Carolina and forms the centerpiece of Pilot Mountain State Park. Rising to an elevation of 2421 feet, this solitary quartzite mountain, part of the ancient Sauratown Mountain range, was dedicated a National Natural Landmark and now serves as a...

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Jan 13, 2001 - 1986 January 2 - Pilot Mountain State Park

Today I went with Allen and Bonnie Tate, their girls and Allen’s friend, Claude Cranford, to Pilot Mountain State Park. Allen and Claude are avid photographers. I was experimenting with various camera settings to compare results. It was a good experience for me. They gave me some good tips.

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