Pilot Rock Trail #321
3.6 mi - Difficult - After leaving the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, the Pilot Rock Trail climbs up Little Bald Mountain, which is a grass savanna; in the summer, you are likely to hear the drumming of Ruffed Grouse. The trail then descends moderately down a dry ridge until reaching the top of Pilot Rock. The first access point to the rock is rather steep and small; the second, about 20 yards further, is more comfortable to use. From here, a breathtaking, 180-degree view of the surrounding mountains includes Funneltop Mountain, the Pink Beds Valley, and Pilot Mountain. The top of Cedar Rock Mountain (approximately ten miles away) is just visible above a far ridge. After leaving the crest of Pilot Rock, you will come to the steepest section of the trail: a 600-foot descent in less than a mile on a series of switchbacks. Along the way, you will pass the Pilot Rock Extension ((#321A), a 0.4-mile spur trail that provides access to the rock’s base for technical climbers. The trail terminates on FS 1206 at Grassy Lot Gap.
Approximate Elevation Change: 1,800 feet
At a Glance
|Restrictions:||Hiking Trail: Foot traffic (Sections of trail open for mountain bike use).|
|Operated By:||US Forest Service|