Pinnacles appear to be very popular in New Hampshire. A pinnacle is defined as a high, pointed piece of rock or lofty peak. There are several such places but how do they differ from mountains or hills? They generally seem to have extremely rocky summits, and are often not tall enough to be deemed a mountain.
[Editor’s Note: Most geologists classify a mountain as a land form that rises at least 2,000 feet (609.6 meters) or more above its surrounding area. But this is not a sure and hard rule, and it differs in other countries.]
The Mountains of New Hampshire: A Directory Locating the Mountains and Prominent Locations, by NH State Planning and Development Commission contains an official list of locations officially named as pinnacles
The list includes:
Pinnacle, Acworth, elevation 1800
Pinnacle, Canaan, elevation 1440
Pinnacle, Croydon, elevation 1420
[Banks] Pinnacle, Grafton, elevation 1420
Pinnacle [Park], New Hampton, elevation 1180
The Pinnacle [Peak], Danbury, elevation 1920
The Pinnacle, Fitzwilliam, elevation 1540
The Pinnacle, Hooksett, elevation 484
The Pinnacle, Newport, elevation 1320
The Pinnacle, Orange, elevation 2155
The Pinnacle, Roxbury, elevation 1180
The Pinnacle, Sutton, elevation 1240
Two other well-known pinnacles were left off the above list, namely Lyndeborough’s The Pinnacle and Nelson New Hampshire’s Osgood Hill aka Nelson Pinnacle. Many of these New Hampshire Pinnacles are state or town owned, and are hike-able. Please check ahead before you plan your trip.
If any of my readers knows of another ‘Pinnacle’ located in New Hampshire, I would love to hear from you (please post under comments).