Ascent of Big Stakey Mountain on 2011-10-23

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Sunday, October 23, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Big Stakey Mountain
    Location:USA-South Carolina
    Elevation:2601 ft / 792 m

Ascent Trip Report

On SC-107 about 1 mile N of Oconee State Park, I turned W on Village Creek Rd. 1.9 miles later is an irregular 4-way intersection, where a paved road goes L, a gravel road goes straight, and I turned R on Nicholson Ford Rd, which is also gravel. Nicholson Ford Rd drops steeply for a few tenths of a mile, then climbs gradually, and after 1.0 mile it tops out at a saddle, where I parked.

I bushwhacked W uphill a short distance (~50') through a rhododendron thicket until I intercepted a very abandoned, barely discernible road. I turned L on this road and followed it uphill, with an occasional detour around a thicket or downed tree. The road headed S for a few minutes, the forest began to open up, the steepness eased, and the road turned W up the crest of the ridge toward area 2200. Upon reaching the SE ridge of area 2200, my road joined another road coming in from the S. The junction is a somewhat overgrown triangle intersection, and it is easy to miss on the return trip if you're not looking for it. The road climbed over the top of area 2200 but then, up on descent to the gap between area 2200 and the main summit of Big Stakey Mtn, veered off to the N. The forest is open as far as the saddle, but then the brush thickens and moderately hinders the climb to the summit. About ¾ of the way up, the brush thins out and the forest opens up for the remainder of the way to the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:631 ft / 192 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:SE ridge
    Trailhead:Nicholson Ford Rd  1970 ft / 600 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:25 Minutes

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