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Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2011


This was the second time that my hiking and HP buddy, Mike, and I have visited Sassafras (first time was in 1994?). With the increase of technology (digital cameras, etc.), we basically decided to redo and document the 18 HP's we had already completed along the east coast. The disposable camera/photos just didn't cut it. Still no summit marker, sign, or anything to designate the actual highpoint, what a shame! There used to be a firetower on top of Sassafras, but even that was gone when we had visited back then. Since we had our GPSr's with us, we were able to locate the general area of the HP. You would think with Sassafras being so accessible, SC would eventually fall into synch with their surrounding neighbors (GA, NC and TN), all of whom have nice landmarks for their similarly accessible HP's. In contrast to the lack of view from the summit area, there is a spur trail leading from the parking lot to a nice view of surrounding mountains.
Posted Sep 25, 2011 11:50 am

JowIs this it?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2011


Climbed up in fading light. You can't tell your at the highpoint as there is nothing really to indicate such unless you spot usgs. Took foothills trail and worried about bears but didn't see one until 2 minutes after getting back in car. HP #18
Posted Sep 21, 2011 10:53 am

vbeckman74Secluded  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2000


Cool register. Lots of trash.
Posted Aug 21, 2011 6:28 pm

xpdaSouth Carolina  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 31, 1996


Made it!
Posted Aug 10, 2011 4:54 pm

DarlaB1Lost Count
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2011


I can't remember which order I've done them in now. Ha! Did Mississippi, Georgia, then this one, I think, then N. Carolina, then Tennessee. All preceeded by Oklahoma, Louisiana, Missouri, and Arkansas.
Posted Jun 28, 2011 9:51 pm

AlpinistSouthern 6-pack  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 13, 2011


Third of a 6 state HP weekend. Flew into Knoxville, then hit the HPs for TN, GA, SC, NC, KY and VA. This is my 42nd state HP and one of my least favorites.

The lack of any sign or marker led me to take out my GPS to make sure I was in the right place. Some small token sign or plaque to honor the state HP would be nice. The place could really use a makeover. There is literally nothing there but weeds, liter and an old campfire ring. (I did eventually find a USGS marker.) The only sign near the summit marks the Chimney Rock trailhead. It states nothing about being the highest point in SC.

Be sure to check out the "overlook" at the end of the parking lot. It's the only thing worth seeing.
Posted May 13, 2011 9:34 pm

BIGJONPILGRIMHighpoint #1  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2011
Tax day for a lot of people, but I took the day to climb the highest peak in the state. Took the foothills trail from 178. It was hard to find, but for the others trying to find it. The trailhead is just across the bridge from where Laurel Valley Rd. intersects 178. 9 miles total. Not bad for a fat man.
Posted Apr 17, 2011 10:34 am

islandborn11A bit of a letdown  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2010


Not terribly interesting, or well marked, or anything really. A bit of a pain in the neck to get there but I expect that. Some kind of real marker would have been nice. First of three in two days.
Posted Apr 3, 2011 12:07 am

kteichertHP #22  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 4, 2010


Headed up the deaf school road at 10:30 pm. Parked at the dirt parking lot and hiked up the rest in the complete darkness. All clouds were gone and the stars were brilliant. Found the little USGS stump, snapped a pic and headed to Clemson.
Posted Nov 5, 2010 10:46 am

rlawsonVia Foothills Trail from US178  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2010


2 hrs 45 mins up and down. #9
Posted Aug 15, 2010 6:14 pm

BadgerSummitSeekerHP # 19  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2010


One of the least desirable state high points. No view on the top, no special marker to denote the summit, some trash on the ground and a quadrillion mosquitoes to keep me company. Some nice views on the way in though.
Posted Aug 1, 2010 4:16 pm

sgb02dNice Day


Everything was nice and green. Found the only view near the top where the power lines are.
Posted May 4, 2010 9:59 am

NJTripperJust another high point...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 8, 2008


Drive to lot near summit took care of the initial work... but I did hike the summit trail down a couple miles and back (good for 1100 ft elevation).
Posted Apr 15, 2010 10:43 pm

KoonsyDrove as far as I could..  Sucess!


until my car couldn't make it any further because of the snow and ice so I hiked up the last mile or two. Kinda disappointing summit.
Posted Feb 6, 2010 9:02 pm

IHaveArrivedHP #16  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 29, 2009


I summited on what must have been the first day of hunting season. On the drive to Sassafras Mt., I must have passed hundreds of hunters lining the roads waiting for the start time.
Posted Jan 20, 2010 3:04 am

jeffh25Ehhh. Part 2  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2009


It's in a really pretty place but... South Carolina and Mississppi are very similar and both could learn a lesson from Florida on turning nothing into something.
Posted Jul 14, 2009 4:28 pm

RedwicBetter Than Woodall Mountain...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 23, 2009


This was my first of six State Highpoints reached over Memorial Day weekend. The gate was open. This HP was better than Woodall Mountain (Mississippi HP), but not by much. State Highpoint #33 for me.
Posted May 27, 2009 2:09 am

rangermattQuick!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 12, 2009


Not as tough to find as I thought - directions provided on Summitpost were perfect! Pretty dumpy summit, however.
Posted May 14, 2009 5:30 pm

adventurebugAwful Drive  Sucess!
Approached from the north, had an awful time on the tiny winding roads and difficulties even finding the right roads. At least it's off the list!
Posted Mar 25, 2009 6:52 pm

highlandvillagerFoggy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 26, 2008


I hiked the Foothills Trail from the Chimneytop Gap trailhead with one of my dogs while my father drove to the top with my other dog to meet us. I could see the surrounding mountains through the leafless trees on the way up, but it was too foggy at the top to see anything. HP19
Posted Dec 26, 2008 7:52 pm

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