Ascent of Sassafras Mountain on 2000-05-24

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Wednesday, May 24, 2000
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sassafras Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina/South Carolina
    Elevation:3554 ft / 1083 m

Ascent Trip Report

I visited Sassafras Mountain as part of a week of hiking and exploring in the Southeast. I had flown into Atlanta earlier today and had already hiked two peaks in Georgia. Sassafras Mountain is located near where Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina meet.

There are a few options to reach the top of this broad mountain, but the hikes were too long given the short amount of time I had set aside for this peak. Thus, I drove and parked as high as I could go, a couple hundred feet short of the highest point. I was surprised to see no other vehicles here. The day was warm and humid, but pleasant.

The hike to the top went fast. I walked around to be sure I had stepped on or near the actual highest point, which was not the easiest thing to discern. Two guys on quadrunners came up, and I told them what I was doing. They were unaware (until now) that this was South Carolina's highest point.

The area was unkempt and slightly trashy. I spent about 30 minutes here, before driving out and retracing my route back into North Carolina. Next on my agenda was Mount Mitchell, highest point in North Carolina. But the weather went to hell quickly, and I was forced to detour farther north into Virginia, where the tale continues.

This was my first (and last) time ever in South Carolina, and I barely entered into the state. My total time within the state boundaries amounts to about an hour. It is by far the least amount of time I have spent inside any one state.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Trailhead:3354 ft / 1022 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country

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