Took the parking lot route. But we wanted to get other high points that day anyway. Got some great undercast though.
Summit #3 of 6 (TN, GA, SC, NC, VA & KY) that we ended up completing with a total time of:
36 hours, 52 minutes and 30 seconds.
Two days stuck in the area for a work project. Took the drive up to the parking lot and the grueling 100 yard walk to the top. Foggy and just a big area w/cleared trees - saw nothing. As noted before there are plans to enhance but right now there is a bench and a plaque.Would be a beautiful drive in the spring I am sure.
On my way back from Brasstown Bald in Georgia to home in Greeneville SC, I passed the road to this High Point. Though it was dark by the time I got there, it was only a couple hundred yards from the parking lot so I went and took a selfie. 3rd State High Point!
Mountaintop seems to have been recently cleared, with future plans for a lookout tower of some sort. There are now good views to be had in all directions. Nice monument plaque from the Highpointers club. I'll add a photo or two.
Took some 'virgin' climber's with me to the top of this hill. Can drive most of the way up and walk about 500 yards to the top which has a bench which has been donated by the highpointers (www.highpointers.org).
Grabbed this highpoint on the same day as Georgia, while on a temporary project assignment in the Southeast.
Not the best view in SC but it was a nice drive through a part of country I've never visited.
South Carolina highpoint.
After a week at the beach, it was time for more high pointing on my way back home. Got here early in the morning, and did the short little walk to the top. I had been here several times before, but had to do it again to document it.
Hiked from Hwy 178, at the bridge, crossed the road at Chimneytop Gap, and on to the summit. It is a beautiful trail with 2671' of gain RT to the summit from the parking lot above the Hwy.
Foggy summit, but had fun walking around on the top!
Seventh HP on a 3 week road trip thru 17 states. Raining, hiked 8 miles round trip.
Keep your ears open, I think I saw that the state is going to improve this highpoint. It could use it. That said, there was one decent lookout with a deck off the lower parking lot.
Did this the same day after hiking Brasstown in GA. Sassafras was one of the worst HP's. Nothing to really see, annoying to get to, no great hikes. Oh well, can't win them all....
HP #19. Beautiful day, gorgeous views on the lookout near the parking lot. Part of Thanksgiving Long Weekend high pointing trip on 7 Southern States: AL, TN, GA, SC, NC, FL, MS
One of the more entertaining trails I have been on with all the wooden bridges, ravines, and open forest views. The top may not be as nice as other state hps but it was worth the hike in from rt 178. Ninety eight minutes up and eighty back; I was trying to hustle a bit so I could hit a gem mine in North Carolina before it closed.
It was late in the day so we drove to the top. We enjoyed the fact that directly behind the HP there is obviously much higher ground... but it's in North Carolina.
Fourth on a bid through the "Southern Six-Pack."
I took the easy way out on this one, as the blisters on my feet got pretty painful from a soggy hike up Mt. Mitchell earlier the same day, although my original plan was to take the Foothills Trail. (Doing Ironman Louisville in a week, I needed to save my feet.)
I am somewhat reluctant to sign the log due to the drive up, but it will have to suffice this time around.
I saw no one on the drive up or back; the summit was all to myself. It was worth it to hike to the overlook, although low clouds prevented too much of a view.