Sassafras Mountain Climber's Log

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The edge

The edge - Mar 14, 2007 3:36 pm Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2002

HP #27  Sucess!

It wasn't obvious to find the TH...
We drove past it twice before finding the small post for route 199...

Zac Finley

Zac Finley - Jan 21, 2007 11:24 pm Date Climbed: Jan 21, 2007

Just to check it off the list  Sucess!

Was on my way to Pisgah National Forest to bag some peaks there, and decided to take the side trip up to South Carolina's highest point. Drove all the way up to the summit. Not very impressive. Views were blocked by overgrowth. No sign of a survey marker or anything at the summit giving the mountain any recognition. Best part was watching shades of pink cut through the clouds to the east as the sun rose over the horizon at 7:02 am.


surgent - Oct 19, 2006 8:08 pm

Just there to get it.  Sucess!

Part of a week-long Southeast HP trip.


Cortez - Oct 4, 2006 5:52 pm Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2006

Sassafras via Foothills Trail  Sucess!

We climbed Sassafras on a gorgeous early fall day on our way back to Knoxville from the Auburn vs. South Carolina football game in Columbia. I was not impressed with the summit itself but he trail to the top & the views of the surrounding area are well worth the visit!


osatrik - Aug 16, 2006 5:51 am Date Climbed: Aug 24, 1987

Family Highpoints Trip  Sucess!

In 1987 our family did a highpoints driving trip and hit Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Kentucky's high points. Sassafras was number 24 of my 49 state high points, and number 23 for Vanessa. It was number 10 for Hillary and Holly.

royswkr - Aug 8, 2006 10:44 pm Date Climbed: Apr 6, 1991

Walk gated road from Foothills Trail parking  Sucess!

Fire tower gone even footings, someone has also swiped survey marker shown in Zumwalt book


NavySeabee - Jul 21, 2006 10:56 pm Date Climbed: Dec 3, 2005

Route Climbed: Summit Road  Sucess!

Should write a Trip Report for this escapade, but won't. Was supposed to be part of a NC, SC, GA trifecta from VA Beach. Unfortunately, got denied by road closures on Blue Ridge Parkway and the Brasstown Bald summit road. So I logged 1150 miles to bag Sassafras Mountain. Yeah...I'm a sick puppy. Nice road trip if you leave out the freezing rain part. Oh BTW, HP #8.


mlandau3 - Apr 30, 2006 6:28 pm Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2006

Beautiful Flowers  Sucess!

From Chimneytop Gap. The trail was lined with wild irises, violets (violet, yellow and white), and trilliums. Where the trail turns on to an old logging road, the pink ladies slippers were not quite in bloom yet. A beautiful walk!


Holsti97 - Apr 23, 2006 10:13 am Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2006

Sassafras Mountain  Sucess!

Drove to Sassafras from Blairsville, GA on the very scenic Hwy. 64 in North Carolina. Very curvy road along a lovely trout stream with many waterfalls. Drove to parking lot of Sassafras below summit since we missed the Foothills Trail trailhead. Saw a pileated woodpecker. Hiked a short distance to register box. Found Foothills Trail on the way down and hiked on it for a mile or two. Lovely spring day. HP #8.


mattdalman - Apr 22, 2006 1:14 am Date Climbed: Apr 13, 2006

Route Climbed: Summit Road  Sucess!

This was the third state highpoint for the day(TN,GA,SC). We got to the summit when it was getting dark. We couldn't see much of the views.


gwave47 - Feb 25, 2006 1:28 pm Date Climbed: Feb 20, 2006

Route Climbed: 4.7 mile trail from Highway 178 at Eastatoe River  Sucess!

Climbed late one afternoon by myself. It was an overcast kind of day therefore there were only a few good views. It was worth the trip and I bagged only my second highpoint.

Joseph Claghorn

Joseph Claghorn - Jan 23, 2006 6:00 pm

Route Climbed: Foothills Trail from Chimneytop Gap Date Climbed: May 2005  Sucess!

The view from the summit itself isn't the greatest, but there's a lot of good hiking nearby. Get some maps of the Foothills trail and plan a route up the mountain based on your available time.


koz - Jan 3, 2006 12:23 am

Route Climbed: Standard (road) Date Climbed: September 16, 2003  Sucess!

Highpoint #22. Got here around 2 or 3 a.m. as the second stop in our attempt to do GA-SC-NC-TN-VA-KY in 24 hours. Walked around a little, since it seems there was higher ground behind the marker.


TLP - Oct 24, 2005 12:31 am

Route Climbed: Summit Road Date Climbed: October 21, 2005  Sucess!

There was cones blocking the road, but some people around said it was okay to go through anyway. There's like nothing to see. Nothing! Plus SC drivers are slow pokes. Oh well, still it's another HP to add to the collection.


chmoore577 - Sep 1, 2005 8:17 am

Route Climbed: road Date Climbed: July 23, 2002  Sucess!

Not much here. Not much to see.


starship_jen - Aug 4, 2005 11:50 pm

Date Climbed: August 30, 2003  Sucess!

Short hike to the top. No view, but it's still the HP of SC. : )


txmountaineer - Mar 19, 2005 10:47 am

Route Climbed: Foothills Trail from Chimneytop Gap Date Climbed: 14 March 2005  Sucess!

Nice 5-mile hike through the fog.

Steve Gruhn - Jan 30, 2005 5:35 pm

Date Climbed: November 4, 2001  Sucess!

Short walk from parking lot.


kdonaldson - Mar 1, 2004 7:25 pm

Route Climbed: From the parking lot Date Climbed: Sept 6, 2003  Sucess!

The hardest part about this highpoint is finding the road to get up to it. Once I got to the top I wasn't even sure that I was in the correct spot until I found the survey marker. I was expecting some sort of sign saying that I was at the highest point in SC... With trees obscuring the view - not much in the way to look at either...


hgrapid - Feb 27, 2004 3:54 pm

Route Climbed: Road 199 Date Climbed: 1/5/2002  Sucess!

Due to ice, my friend and I had to hike up most of the road to South Carolina's highest point. We walked to the side a little bit and saw some decent view of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains through the trees. The summit is well marked.

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