Ascent of Mackerel Mountain on 2020-03-20
|Date:||Friday, March 20, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-North Carolina/South Carolina|
| Elevation:||3040 ft / 926 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThis summit is easy to access from Gap Creek Road now that the state has bought all the land between the state line and Gap Creek Rd. The summit and land just south of the summit is still privately owned, however. There's a forest road that starts on Gap Creek Rd that has a rope stretching across it to keep people from driving up the road. It doesn't do much good though, since you you can drive around it, which is what I did. You won't be able to drive up this road without a serious 4wd vehicle but I was able to park a little further off of Gap Creek Road. There are a good many forest roads in this area but the one I took goes up to el. 2280' before it heads east. Here I went off trail up the ridgeline and came across another forest road which takes you to the saddle between Mackerel and Big Top. At the saddle you'll see the main gravel road which will take you to the houses to the south, signs for a hiking trail heading east and southwest and the gravel road going to the summit of Mackerel. Here you'll see two No Trespassing signs on either side of the road, just before the field. The road leads to the summit where there are great views to the north and southeast. There's a new 'mini-house' on the summit which is quite nice. I saw no evidence of recent vehicle traffic. Perhaps no one has been up there all winter. On my return, I took the trail that I saw at the saddle a short ways east until it started to contour west. I bushwhacked down the ridgeline to meet up with my ascent route. There's a waterfall at el. 2040', which can be seen from Google Earth but is much more visible from the Greenville County GIS map.
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| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack|
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Peaks: climbed and unclimbed by Jeff Rinehart
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