Pinnacle Mountain is a hidden gem. Even though it has a well-developed state trail and has been around for quite some time, it still gets missed. The trail starts out following an old forest road that is gated, and it still gets frequent use by hunters and logging operations. The road is quite easy but it does gain some elevation. There is a split in the road part way in; be sure to take the left and continue to climb to a small knoll. Atop this small knoll the trail becomes a foot trail. The foot trail continues to climb through a very attractive conifer forest, but never too steeply. The summit is a partially open viewing platform with outstanding scenery and a nice cool breeze.
How to get there
From Malone follow Route 30 south. Continue to the intersection of Route 30 and Route 458. Follow Route 458 north toward St. Regis Falls. Continue for just under 10 miles to the state trailhead on the right.
Distance: 1 mile
Summit Elevation: 1,845 feet