Ascent of Sassafras Mountain on 2011-11-11
|Others in Party:||Karen Musser|
|Date:||Friday, November 11, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-North Carolina/South Carolina|
| Elevation:||3554 ft / 1083 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe beginning of a 9 mile day. I did not want to drive up another state HP. I hate those. I look for any way to climb any HP (even county HPs)if at all possible. Fortunately, there are many options. The USGS does not show the foothills trail but it does provide several options.
Other than driving up or hiking up the road, you can use the foothills trail and launch from:
> parking area A-3 (Chimneytop Gap) to peak (A-2) = 2.7 mi. 5.4 rt
> parking area A-4 (Laurel Valley)to peak (A-2) = 4.8 mi. 9.6 rt
> parking area A-1 (Table Rock SP) to peak (A-2) = 9.5 mi
but I would make that last one a thru hike to either A-3 or A-4.
We decided to take the first option but go over and bag Hickorynut and come back which ended up being over 9 miles anyway. The trail is nicely marked. Views are limited becuase the slab features do not begin until you get over by Pinnacle Mountain in the State Park.
Fall color was the reason we hit this peak at this time of year.We were near peak color at the bottom -perhaps a week too late and clearly too late at the top. Enjoyed getting out of FL and seeing the colors and the temperature was cold (28 F to begin) but enjoyable.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1239 ft / 377 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||319 ft / 96 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||3.2 mi / 5.2 km|
| Grade/Class:||primarily 1|
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Cold, Calm, Clear|
28F leaving car at Th
| Gain on way in:||1239 ft / 377 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 1174 ft / 358 m; Extra: 65 ft / 19m|
| Loss on way in:||65 ft / 19 m|
| Distance:||2.7 mi / 4.3 km|
| Route:||Foothills Trail (white)|
| Start Trailhead:||Foothills Trail Parking Lot A3 2380 ft / 725 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 15 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||254 ft / 77 m|
| Distance:||0.5 mi / 0.8 km|
| Route:||foothills trail|
| End Trailhead:||lowest saddle to Hickorynut Mtn 3300 ft / 1005 m|
| Time:||10 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: SC HP Sassafrass|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 4029 ft / 1228 m Total Trip Loss: 4029 ft / 1228 m
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