Sulpher Springs TrailI went to Paris Mountain, about 15 minutes from my house. I once again took my boxer Ava; I can't wait until my two year old boy Richard can start joining me. I plan on getting a child carrying pack soon. Anyhow, this trail was a great short hike. It starts out really flat and I was a bit disappointed; however, after the first mile or so you come to the lake and the old dam, which is interesting.
After this point it begins to steeping, and most of the 500+ feet elevation gain comes in a short time. Soon after that you reach the split (stay right) and begin to run into mountain bikers which are all over the mountain. It has some great banked turns for them so I see why they like it. The rest of the trail mainly stays at one elevation and then the last mile or so goes down at a steady grade. The views are limited, but it is a worthwhile short hike.
The trail overall took I think about two hours, maybe a bit less. It does not require any stops/rest and is a great one to knock out in the morning. Anyone in decent shape should be able to do this without any problem, the long gradual slope at the end requires some balance, so people that have trouble with balance, and need to rest after an hour of flat sidewalk walking would not do well.
GPS Stats (Round Trip)Name: Paris Mtn - Sulphur Springs
Date: Dec 18, 2011 11:27 am
(valid until Jun 23, 2012) View on Map
Distance: 3.41 miles
Elapsed Time: 1:41:33
Avg Speed: 2.0 mph
Max Speed: 4.5 mph
Avg Pace: 29' 48" per mile
Min Altitude: 1,091 ft
Max Altitude: 1,587 ft
Start Time: 2011-12-18T16:27:14Z
Latitude: 34.931999º N
Longitude: 82.384108º W
Latitude: 34.932374º N
Longitude: 82.383744º W