Ascent of Slicking Mountain on 2011-04-02

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Saturday, April 2, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Slicking Mountain
    Location:USA-South Carolina
    Elevation:3320 ft / 1011 m

Ascent Trip Report

See my Coldbranch Mtn report for directions to Gum Gap.

After returning from Coldbranch Mtn, I headed W on the blue-blazed Foothills Trail. This is the R fork of the dirt roads shown on the topo leading SW from Gum Gap. Cross a red gate and head gradually uphill for 20min. Just before a second red gate, turn L and follow the green-blazed boundary of the Watson-Cooper Heritage Preserve. Atop the first 3280 contour, find a survey stake marking the SC/NC border and encounter the red-blazed boundary of the Greenville Watershed. There's a faint trail along the watershed boundary that leads to the E summit (barely 3320).

Before the leaves come out, you can see the true summit through the trees to the SW. As far as I can tell, there's no trail to the summit. The bushwhack is slow because of thorns and rhododendron thickets (also known as slicks, which probably accounts for the unusual name). Also be warned that you have to cross into the watershed to get to the summit.

On my visit, I thought Slicking was a worthy contender for the Greenville COHP. However, the Greenville GIS maps show Slicking at 3328.6 feet, compared to 3355.9 for Coldbranch. So this is the second highest peak in Greenville County.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:440 ft / 133 m
    Total Elevation Loss:440 ft / 133 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:360 ft / 109 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 280 ft / 85 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Loss on way in:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Foothills Trail WB, bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Gum Gap  3040 ft / 926 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:360 ft / 109 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 280 ft / 85 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Gain on way out:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Bushwhack, Foothills Trail EB
    End Trailhead:3040 ft / 926 m
    Time:35 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Greenville Divide

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Coldbranch Mountain2011-04-02 a597 ft / 182 m
2Battered Rock Mountain2011-04-02 b200 ft / 61 m
3Slicking Mountain2011-04-02 c440 ft / 134 m
Total Trip Gain: 1237 ft / 377 m    Total Trip Loss: 1237 ft / 377 m

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