The Pinnacles in Berea (Fall Trip)

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On Sunday morning my father (Eddie Smith) and I traveled down to Berea for an early morning hike.  Dad had never been to the pinnacles before so I was eager to show him around and introduce him to Tillie.  Unfortunately there was no Tillie to be found this time, there was one car in the parking lot when we arrived so I assumed she was already on the trail.

So we started our trip making first for the east Pinnacle and since Dad have never been there before my one warning was that the first climb can be a bit rough.  As we made it to the first split in the trail we made use of the bench provided and then took off to the right for East Pinnacle.  One of the most interesting things about hiking here is seeing the natural succession that is taking place after the wildfires that burned most of the area in the late 1980’s.  The fire burned 657 acres of forest and still seeing burned tree stumps after so many years reminds us of our responsibilities whenever we enter a natural area to be safe because the  lasting effects of what we do will most likely continue on even after we are no longer here.

When we reached the East Pinnacle the early morning sun extremely bright which made the view down into the valley even more amazing.  Once there we took sometime for a few pictures (which you can find in the gallery below)  and continued our hike.  This time was a bit different than being here during the summer because I could see so much more with the falling of the leaves, it allowed for better pictures as well as giving clear lines of sight to your next destination.

Not often to discuss products to make trips easier but in this case I felt I needed to say something.   The North Face has a line of shoes called Hedgehogs, these shoes can range between $80-120 but I will say that they are one of the better hiking shoes around.  So if you are looking for a pair of extremely comfortable shoes to hike, check out what North Face has to offer.  Ok I don’t want this to sound like a commercial so let’s get back to our trip.

We decided then to head for the West Pinnacle which also provided some amazing views which with a clear morning the visibility of the surrounding areas helped out a lot.  On our way back through we stopped and climbed around on the rocks  whenever we found a chance and also took some great pics that will definitely keep the memories of this wonderful day fresh in our minds and hopefully inspire our reader’s to find a trail and hike.  So keep posting pics of your travels and if there is any place you think I should going, let me know and I will do my best to get there.  You can reach me at jsmith@hikey.com.  So remember to always take care of your environment and as always happy hiking.

On a personal note this day was special to me because  as I have gotten older and find myself busier and busier with careers and life in general, it was a breath of fresh air to be out hiking again with someone I have respected and admired my entire life and hope that we can find time to do this more often.  Thanks Dad.

7 Responses to “The Pinnacles in Berea (Fall Trip)”

  • Bruce says:

    Thanks for the hike description. Our son may be attending Berea College this fall. I’m looking forward to hiking and biking on our visits.

  • Shawnna says:

    Just hiked there this morning! Exhausting but awesome…can’t wait to go back.

    Any idea where I could find a map online of the trails? I remember seeing one a few months back but can’t remember now where it was.

    Happy Hiking!
    ~Shawnna

  • Emily says:

    Just hiked there this morning! Exhausting but awesome…can’t wait to go back.

    Any idea where I could find a map online of the trails? I remember seeing one a few months back but can’t remember now where it was.

    Happy Hiking!
    ~Shawnna

  • josh says:

    This is one of my favorite places to hike in KY. The views here are simply breath taking but the hike up is a little more than rough. It will make or break this hike for you so make sure you rest as often as needed on the way up. I found it easier to go to the West pinnacles first then to the East. Also, Tillie makes for great company when on the trails but remember she needs a bite to eat and a drink as well. Alright guys and gals, be safe and enjoy the air.

  • Dara says:

    Check to see when the Berea Craft Festival is before planning your hike. The trails are closed during the weekend of the festival.

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