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Ascent of Hickorynut Mountain on 2011-11-11

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Date:Friday, November 11, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hickorynut Mountain
    Location:USA-South Carolina
    Elevation:3483 ft / 1061 m

Ascent Trip Report

This peak was not shown as one that folks attempt to grab even though it is one of the highest in SC. It is in easy striking distance of Sassafras Mountain off of the Foothills Trail by either heading west from Pinnacle Mtn or east from Sassafras. I decided to stretch my hike out and bag it from the east after the state HP.

There is a really interesting feature off the right of the trail where someone has dissassembled an old rock structure in the woods and constructed a ring of chairs out of huge building stones around a camp fire. Worth checking out. Nearing the mountain, there is too many Rhododendrons to attack the bushwhack from the Sassafras side. So I circled around where the trail began heading east and found a side of the ridge that was deciduous trees and followed the spine up to the peak and tied a few orange and black stripped flags along the way and at the summit tree.

No real views. Too many trees even with the leaves gone. Just a nice hike in the woods to the top of another above 3,400 feet.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:323 ft / 98 m
    Elevation Loss:323 ft / 98 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
35 F
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:273 ft / 83 m
    Extra Loss:90 ft / 27 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:foothills trail to bushwhack south ridge
    Trailhead:saddle between Hickory nut and Sassafras  3300 ft / 1005 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:233 ft / 71 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:same
    Trailhead:same saddle going back  3300 ft / 1005 m
Ascent Part of Trip: SC HP Sassafrass

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Sassafras Mountain2011-11-11 a
2Sassafrass Mountain-East Peak2011-11-11 b
3Hickorynut Mountain2011-11-11 c
4Sassafras Mountain2011-11-11 d
5Table Rock2011-11-11 e
6Table Rock2011-11-11 f



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