Ascent of Fork Mountain on 2012-04-14
|Date:||Saturday, April 14, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-South Carolina|
| Elevation:||3294 ft / 1004 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI followed Kevin Williamson's 2003 COHP trip report. Nine years later, I did not see nor expect any ribbons, but I found the way easily enough.
I parked at the Walhalla state fish hatchery (off SC107 near the NC line and a half-hour drive from the town of Walhalla). As you cross the curving footbridge over the Chattooga East Fork and reach the gate into the hatchery, you can see the start of the woods road straight across on the far side of the hatchery. Navigate the exterior of the fence and follow the road as far as you can. It disappears after 200 yards but gets you headed in the right direction up the SE ridge. Beyond the road, there's no hint of trail--just follow the ridge over the secondary summit and continue 400 yards to the the true summit. Undergrowth was not bad in mid-April but might be a challenge in the summer. Once you leave the hatchery, you're in the woods all the way, and there are no views.
There is a "Fork Mountain Trail" on the Forest Service Map, running from SC107 at Sloan Bridge to the Chattooga River near Ellicott Rock. However, that trail does not come close to the summit.
Round trip 2.2 miles. My 101st COHP and 9th in SC.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||834 ft / 254 m|
| Extra Gain:||30 ft / 9 m|
| Distance:||2.2 mi / 3.5 km|
| Trailhead:||Walhalla Fish Hatchery 2520 ft / 768 m|
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Bushwhack|
| Time Up:||1 Hours |
| Time Down:||40 Minutes|
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