Excerpts from Entries in the Pinnacle Cabin Notebooks

Some visitors write a little, some a lot. They celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, nature, first day off from a new job, friends and relatives who are gone, memories, winter solstice, Christmas, New Year’s Day, friendship, love, honeymoons, camping under the stars, getting braces off teeth, and so much more. They come in all kinds of weather and in all seasons from both far and near – signing Africa, Egypt, Mozambique, Norway, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Maine, California, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Washington, DC, Brooklyn via Colorado and Arkansas, Kansas, North Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington State, Wisconsin, and Vermont. These are some of their statements about their experiences at the Pinnacle overlook and cabin shelter. All who visit appreciate the land, view, and cabin that the Pinnacle Association protects and encourages people to visit and enjoy.


I relish this beautiful moment. I relish this magical place.  With my two companions trotting beside me we descend leaving no trace.

CLARITY!
Haven’t felt this much bliss in complete isolation in weeks.  Sometimes you’ve got to get a little lost to remember where you want to go.  Thanks for the incredible space and magnificent view.  Forever Green Mountain State! (For now anyway)

This morning I woke to the realization of friendship’s place
            in my life
Years and years have passed, each one paring from a list
            I did not know was mine
Trading passion for peace is not easy, especially for me,
            but a trade has been made, and I feel free
Thank you to three wonderful, warm, and wise women in my life,
It took all of you to help me see.
And now I do....
I am a very very very very very lucky man!
Endless gratitude...endless!

So beautiful.  Colorado hikes are lovely, but the diversity of plant and wildlife here in Vermont and on this trail is stunning.  Breathtaking vistas; magical meadows; majestic trees. 
Thank you, Nature!

Perfect getaway from school!
Hiked up in early evening when the trees fall silent.
It’s an amazing place to wind up in.
Nights like these remind us of how sweet simplicity can be.

Leaving now!  Cleaning up and stuffing sleeping bags.
I never truly appreciated indoor insulation before.  All liquids are frozen including the salsa, so burritos will have to wait till it thaws.  I cannot feel my toes, fingers, or soul at the moment.  Sunrise was beautiful though, but keeping warm is no joke.  Bye cabin!

We walked up at the time of day when the light is rich and golden.  Mt. Monadnock was beautiful and blue in the distance and all the other mountains were a faded lavender lilac violet color.  The hike was longer than I thought, but that was OK because I haven’t hiked since the White Mountains this fall.  The sunset hovered above the mountains – a bright salmon – for no more than 2 minutes, and when it was over, my hands got so cold that just now, sitting half a foot away from the fire, they are starting to thaw.  The fine smoke reminds me of winters in northern Vermont.

5 degrees and the clearest view possible of the distant mountains.  We’re so fortunate to have the Pinnacle lands preserved for all to enjoy in perpetuity! 

What a beautiful night!  I arrived as the sun was setting in an array of reds, oranges, and purples; the colors blended into one fading cosmic panorama.  The stars came next, with their brightness all around.  I love being able to witness this.  Thank you to all who keep this place alive and wild.


Pinnacle Cabin through the years. The original cabin was transformed into the three-sided shelter shown here, enjoyed in all seasons, until the renovation that took place in 2016.  Now, even better, it is ready for visitors again. Make a reservation here.

At different times of the year, Westminster third- and fourth-graders visit the cabin and Pinnacle overlook, which function as an outdoor classroom, to build observation skills and record taking in pursuit of science education and experiential learning.

At different times of the year, Westminster third- and fourth-graders visit the cabin and Pinnacle overlook, which function as an outdoor classroom, to build observation skills and record taking in pursuit of science education and experiential learning.

This beautiful, rustic place encourages dialogue and peace with nature, the world, and friends.

This beautiful, rustic place encourages dialogue and peace with nature, the world, and friends.

Near sunset, campers dragging supplies can see their winter shelter at right through the trees.

Near sunset, campers dragging supplies can see their winter shelter at right through the trees.

Winter camping at the Pinnacle Cabin with its most amazing view.  What a beautiful place to see the sunset and spend a cozy starry night!

Winter camping at the Pinnacle Cabin with its most amazing view. What a beautiful place to see the sunset and spend a cozy starry night!