Ascent of Sassafras Mountain on 2012-08-13
|Others in Party:||Ruth D'Aiuto|
Paul and Juliette Nawicki
|Date:||Monday, August 13, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-South Carolina/North Carolina|
| Elevation:||3554 ft / 1083 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAside from ascending from Table Rock SP which would give you the most elevation difference, this is the main way highpointers should consider bagging this modest peak.
Parked on north side of Eastatoe River, but should have gone down gravel road to the right to actual trailhead parking area. Several stairs, some bridges and one staircase along trail. The second time you cross the road remember to turn right and look left for stairs. SCGS benchmark is close to radio tower. No lookout tower. Tallest point appears to be below the White Pine next the road in the center. There is a viewpoint west of summit just off Foothills with views between northwest and south west. Look for NC/SC state line marker in rock. We think we saw Brasstown Bald (GA) while standing on the higher rock, looking past the power lines bearing SW/WSW.
Sassafras albidum actually abounded on this mountain trail. Also noted Galax, shortia galaxifolia, kalmia latifolia, pinus strobus and maybe echinata?, young tsuga canadensis, several vacinum species, several blackberry plants, very high Muscadine vines that were showering grapes down. Surprised to see all three evergreen rhododendrons: maximum, catawbiense and carolinianum.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||1874 ft / 571 m|
| Distance:||9 mi / 14.5 km|
| Route:||Foothills Trail|
| Trailhead:||Eastatoe River 1680 ft / 512 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Breezy, Clear|
| Time Up:||2 Hours 35 Minutes|
| Time Down:||1 Hours 46 Minutes|
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