Ascent of Sugarloaf Mountain on 2012-11-21

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sugarloaf Mountain
    Location:USA-South Carolina
    Elevation:513 ft / 156 m

Ascent Trip Report

I'd love to hear a satisfactory geological explanation for Sugarloaf Mountain--a pyramid of sand and boulders that's an absolute misfit in the SC sandhills. It looks like it could wash away in the next rainstorm. In fact, erosion appears to be a concern, considering the signs, steps, walls, and railings the state has installed to control foot traffic on the mountain.

By some standards, Sugarloaf ranks as both the shortest and steepest mountain in SC. It's not Table Rock, but it is worth a quick visit--not far out of the way if you're driving from Charlotte to Myrtle Beach.

I accessed Sugarloaf from US1 at a crossroads called Patrick, via 5 miles of sand roads that are unsigned but not hard to follow if you use GPS. In the pines, you never see the mountain until you're almost there. It's a quick walk up 106 steps to the fenced summit, where you'll find BM Sugar with the dates 1971 and 1993. Nice views if you like looking at waves of pinetops.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:143 ft / 43 m
    Total Elevation Loss:143 ft / 43 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:143 ft / 43 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Start Trailhead:Picnic area on Bottom Road  370 ft / 112 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:143 ft / 43 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    End Trailhead:Picnic area on Bottom Road  370 ft / 112 m

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