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2.3

Miles

3.7

KM

Point to Point

5,009' 1,527 m

High

3,816' 1,163 m

Low

1,313' 400 m

Up

185' 56 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

64%

Max Grade (33°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Need to Know

The trailhead is up Poplar Trail. You'll have to drive up a dirt two track a little ways before you reach the trailhead. There will be a sign at a "Y" in the road instructing you which way the trailhead is. There is a small parking area. It is located in the Three Top Mountain Gameland. Certain times of the year there are hunters, so wear bright colors.

Description

The incline can be steep at times with lots of rocks. There are a few level spots to catch your breathe. In the end, the views are worth the difficult terrain.

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Kyle Wilkes

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#280

in North Carolina

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Pinnacle of Three Top Mountain Trail
Jan 15, 2022 near Jefferson, NC
Summit view
Jul 19, 2020 near Jefferson, NC

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Nov 3, 2023
Chad Randolph
Hiked to top and added Big Rock spur. Encountered a couple of bear hunters, glad I wore an orange hat. 4.5mi — 2h 00m
Jan 13, 2022
Chad Randolph
Nearly one year later, went back with the family. Snowing, but this time a great view up top. 3.5mi — 2h 42m
Jan 21, 2021
Chad Randolph
Snow at the trailhead, even more snow at the top, up to my knees at points. Zero vis due to fog. 3.7mi — 2h 23m
Jun 5, 2020
Phil C
From the upper parking area it's about 3.5 miles round trip. 3.4mi — 0h 52m
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