A friend of mine, along with his two dogs, Sammy and ? (my memory is failing me) went to Paris Mountain in the Upstate of South Carolina for a morning hike. We used some of the upper trails starting at and returning to the Brissy Ridge trail. The GPX file is attached, and I forgot to start it until about 5-10 minutes into the hike; which is why there is a different start/finish location.
View from along the trail.
The trial starts off with some good views as the trailhead is higher up on the mountain. We used five total trails: Brissy Ridge to Pipsissewa to North Lake to Kanuga to Fire Tower (one way and back) to Sulpher Springs and back to Brissy Ridge. The total distance and stats are listed below.
Sammy in North Lake aka Reservoir 3
The hike is fairly flat along wide trails and only have some uphill climbing. It was cold in the morning and we saw some ice crystals formed on the dirt (nothing like patches that would cause any concern).
Another view along the trail.
There were a few hikers and joggers on the trail but on Saturdays no mountain bikers are allowed. There were also some pretty neat patches of moss covering the ground next to the trail.
Moss on the trail.
Later on in the hike you get a chance to go up to the old Fire Tower house. It is mainly the foundation and I think two chimneys that still remain, along with a plaque telling you a bit about what used to be there.
The remains of the Fire Tower house
From the Fire Tower trail you return to the Brissy Ridge trail via the Sulpher Springs trial.
All in all it is a good very moderate hike for the morning, it took a little over two hours.
A view from the lake on the trail above
Stats from the Hike
Name: Paris Mountiain -brissy etc
Date: Jan 14, 2012 9:23 am
(valid until Jul 12, 2012) View on Map
Distance: 5.64 miles
Elapsed Time: 2:13:31
Avg Speed: 2.5 mph
Max Speed: 8.1 mph
Avg Pace: 23' 42" per mile
Min Altitude: 1,147 ft
Max Altitude: 1,777 ft
Start Time: 2012-01-14T14:23:16Z
Latitude: 34.944343º N
Longitude: 82.390184º W
Latitude: 34.940966º N
Longitude: 82.392085º W
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