Ascent of Sassafras Mountain on 2012-09-08

Climber: Walter Blume

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, September 8, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sassafras Mountain
    Location:USA-South Carolina/North Carolina
    Elevation:3554 ft / 1083 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked up from Chimneytop Gap via the Foothills trail. The trail was a bit washed out, but easy to follow. I actually had risen at 4 a.m in Missouri and drove all the way to South Carolina, arriving at about 5:30 pm in order to attempt this highpoint. It began raining about 10 minutes into the hike. On the way up, about a mile into the hike, I noted a good camping area which is marked on the GPX track. Shortly before reaching the top, the rain stopped, and I was rewarded with a spectacular sunset, so I hung around for a while watching it, which naturally meant that I had to descend in the dark.
Sunset on Sassafras

For the descent, I chose to follow the road down rather than slip and slide in the dark, and only then discovered that there is an overlook deck that has been built a few hundred yards down the road, which would have been perhaps an even better place to survey the sunset. As I walked down the road, I noted with alarm that according to my GPS, the trail I had come up by was not very close, so I might be wandering down the wrong road. Then, after another half mile I reached a point where a couple of other roads branched off. I chose the road direction that appeared to head most towards the trail and fortunately, the road began closing in on the trail again. So I then spent an hour or so walking down the road in complete darkness, with bats flying in my face, but otherwise no other wildlife, and finally got back to the car
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1154 ft / 351 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1154 ft / 351 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.1 mi / 11.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Low Clouds
patchy fog
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1154 ft / 351 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:Foothills Trail
    Start Trailhead:Chimney Gap  2400 ft / 731 m
    Time:1 Hours 29 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1154 ft / 351 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Sassafras Mountain road
    End Trailhead:2400 ft / 731 m
    Time:1 Hours 8 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Sassafrass (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
2Sassafras Mountain2012-09-08 b1154 ft / 352 m
Total Trip Gain: 1154 ft / 352 m    Total Trip Loss: 1154 ft / 352 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Walter Blume
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