Ascent to Grassy Top Mountain-Beginning of Bear Paw Ridge Road on 2019-03-10

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Date:Sunday, March 10, 2019
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Grassy Top Mountain - Beginning of Bear Paw Ridge Road
    Location:USA-North Carolina/South Carolina
    Elevation:2220 ft / 676 m
    Remaining Elevation:1048 ft / 320 m (100% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

As far as I can determine Grassy Top Mountain is the 13th highest named highpoint in South Carolina. I thought this was going to be an easy drive up Bear Paw Ridge Road to CCC Road and then a short bushwhack to the summit, but the entrance to Bear Paw Road had a sign indicating that it was a private community and there was no trespassing. I was disappointed because my goal on this trip was to reach the 20 highest named highpoints in South Carolina. I talked to a local resident for information and was given two phone numbers. One was for a caretaker and the other for a landowner, but when I called the landowner I found the number had been disconnected and no one answered at the other number. The frustrating thing is that the access road used to be public, but wealthy individuals have purchased a great deal of land in the area, some of which I believe to be past public land, so someone must have managed to persuade land management authorities to release the area for public sale. The individual who gave me the phone numbers was not optimistic about my chances to obtain access to Grassy Top Mountain. I was told some of the landowners in this area actually fly to their homes using helicopters and they are very protective of their privacy. Since no Peakbagger user has ever logged summit success on Grassy Top Mountain, this might be one mountain that will never get bagged unless someone is very daring. For myself, I decided to reduce my goal to reaching only the 12 highest named highpoints in South Carolina, but I kept wondering if I had enough money to fly a helicopter to my mountain home, would I be so protective of my privacy as well. Maybe this is the reason there is such a huge disconnect between wealthy individuals and an understanding of the problems faced by less economically fortunate people.
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