Ascent of Hickorynut Mountain on 2011-11-11

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Date:Friday, November 11, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hickorynut Mountain
    Location:USA-South Carolina
    Elevation:3483 ft / 1061 m

Ascent Trip Report

This peak was not shown as one that folks attempt to grab even though it is one of the highest in SC. It is in easy striking distance of Sassafras Mountain off of the Foothills Trail by either heading west from Pinnacle Mtn or east from Sassafras. I decided to stretch my hike out and bag it from the east after the state HP.

There is a really interesting feature off the right of the trail where someone has dissassembled an old rock structure in the woods and constructed a ring of chairs out of huge building stones around a camp fire. Worth checking out. Nearing the mountain, there is too many Rhododendrons to attack the bushwhack from the Sassafras side. So I circled around where the trail began heading east and found a side of the ridge that was deciduous trees and followed the spine up to the peak and tied a few orange and black stripped flags along the way and at the summit tree.

No real views. Too many trees even with the leaves gone. Just a nice hike in the woods to the top of another above 3,400 feet.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:323 ft / 98 m
    Total Elevation Loss:323 ft / 98 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
35 F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:273 ft / 83 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 183 ft / 56 m; Extra: 90 ft / 27m
    Loss on way in:90 ft / 27 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:foothills trail to bushwhack south ridge
    Start Trailhead:saddle between Hickory nut and Sassafras  3300 ft / 1005 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:233 ft / 71 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 183 ft / 56 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    End Trailhead:same saddle going back  3300 ft / 1005 m
Ascent Part of Trip: SC HP Sassafrass

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Sassafras Mountain2011-11-11 a1239 ft / 378 m
2Sassafrass Mountain-East Peak2011-11-11 b 
3Hickorynut Mountain2011-11-11 c323 ft / 98 m
4Sassafras Mountain2011-11-11 d319 ft / 97 m
5Table Rock2011-11-11 e2024 ft / 617 m
6Table Rock2011-11-11 f124 ft / 38 m
Total Trip Gain: 4029 ft / 1228 m    Total Trip Loss: 4029 ft / 1228 m

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