The Pinnacle is an 18 acre parcel of town-owned land in East Walpole bounded by the Neponset River to the north, Pinnacle Drive to the east, Hemlock Drive to the south and Plimpton Street to the west. “The Pinnacle” itself is a 200 foot high precipice overlooking the Neponset River. A fascinating historical essay on The Pinnacle’s available here. The trails are marked by BLUE and RED markers.
The eastern and western trails on The Pinnacle property are flat. A chronically wet and treacherous stretch of trail near the Neponset has been rendered safe by the construction of a 100 foot long bog bridge in October 2011. The interior (red) loop trail can be challenging due to the steep terrain.
The total length of trails in The Pinnacle is about 2 miles.
East End – Park in the Ellis Soccer Field parking lot and walk to the trailhead off Rose Court in the Riverwalk Condominiums.
Pinnacle Drive – A 22 foot wide town-owned access path can be identified by a Trail Kiosk at the intersection of Pinnacle Drive and Misty Lane. There is no parking in this neighborhood. Park at Ellis Field and walk to this trailhead.
West End – Park on the shoulder of Hemlock St near the Plimpton Street end and climb the steps next to the trail kiosk on Plimpton Street.