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Pinnacle Mountain Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Jim Lawyer on Sep 11, 2014
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This cliff has a good concentration of difficult cracks, including one of the best cracks in the park, Release the Kraken. The rock is high-quality, similar to that of Lost Hunters Cliff.

The cliff is wide and has two distinct sections. On the left end is a peninsula of rock with cliffs on three sides (called The Peninsula). Behind it is a box canyon with three high-quality routes (What The Eft and two others). The approach trail comes here first.

Walk right on ledges along the base of the cliff to reach the right end (the Main Wall), which is 100'-tall, sheer and slightly overhanging. Release the Kraken is the obvious right-leaning crack that breaks the tallest part of the wall. Left of this is the distinctive left-facing corner Bent Hickory.

Getting There 

From Caroga Lake, go east on county route 112, then east on county route 125 to Pinnacle Road. Turn left (north) and follow Pinnacle Road to its end, and the trailhead. Follow the trail towards Chase Lake to the height of land. About 100' past a boulder on the right, turn left and bushwhack northeast through flat terrain for [roughly] 20 minutes. Eventually, go straight uphill to the cliff.

There is some flagging and a few cairns on the approach. In the winter of 2014, there was considerable deadfall in the forest, at times obscuring the once-well-defined approach trail.

Climbing Season

For the Southern Mountains area.

Weather station 11.0 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Pinnacle Mountain

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Pinnacle Mountain:
Alien Umbrella   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Release the Kraken   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Featured Route For Pinnacle Mountain
Rock Climbing Photo: "What The Eft" is the crack on the left.

What The Eft 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  NY : Adirondacks : ... : Pinnacle Mountain
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By Kevin Johnson
Oct 20, 2014
One of the best cliffs I have been to in the Southern Adirondacks region. Another true Adirondack adventure. The appeal of this cliff starts with the longish approach (40-50min) off trail traveling, following flagging tape to this remote cliff. The cliff has a high concentration of 5.11 cracks ranging from fingers to hands, some short and stout and others are slightly overhanging endurance tests. Most routes have fixed anchors.
By tetrault
From: CT
Jul 10, 2015
Some more info about the approach:

About 10 minutes into Chase Lake Trail, you will pass over a ~4 foot wide wooden bridge crossing a stream.

At the 6th red "Foot Trail" marker (only counting the ones that are facing you) after the bridge, which will be on your right, make a 90 degree left turn into the woods at a ~3 foot high splintered stump.

As noted in the description, follow pink/orange flagging tape wrapped around trees. As of 7/31/15, the climbers trail is very well marked and easy to follow.

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