Pinnacle Mountain Fire Tower Trail

December 30, 2018

For years I have spied a fire tower just off of I-26 outside of Unicoi and Erwin, Tennessee. Sunday, I resolved to finally hike to the top of it. Pinnacle Mountain Fire Tower sits atop Buffalo Mountain along a nice and very new trail. From the easily accessed parking area, it’s 4.8 miles one way to the summit. The trail is not difficult and the switchbacks are subtle in this delightful hike. I made sure to start relatively early, and was rewarded with a summit view all to myself.

There’s a rugged individualism to the trails I’ve encountered in eastern Tennessee, a great sense of wilderness pervading the terrain.

Total mileage is 10.29 miles.

Pinnacle Mountain fire tower trail - trail head
Pinnacle Mountain fire tower trail – trail head
Pinnacle Mountain fire tower trail - blaze
Pinnacle Mountain fire tower trail – blaze
Pinnacle Mountain fire tower trail - trail
Pinnacle Mountain fire tower trail – trail
Pinnacle Mountain fire tower trail - vista
Pinnacle Mountain fire tower trail – vista
Pinnacle Mountain fire tower trail - gregory paragon
Pinnacle Mountain fire tower trail – gregory paragon
Pinnacle Mountain fire tower trail - fire tower
Pinnacle Mountain fire tower trail – fire tower
Pinnacle Mountain fire tower trail - view from atop buffalo mountain
Pinnacle Mountain fire tower trail – view from atop buffalo mountain

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