Ascent of Whiteoak Mountain on 2013-09-28

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Saturday, September 28, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Whiteoak Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina/South Carolina
    Elevation:3297 ft / 1004 m

Ascent Trip Report

Whiteoak Mountain is the sixth highest ranked peak in SC and is on the Eastern Continental Divide.

The Foothills Trail forks near the Sassafras Mountain summit parking lot. The main trail goes east to Table Rock State Park. You want the Foothills Spur Trail, which is a 14-mile section leading to Caesar's Head State Park. This spur begins across the road from the parking lot.

From Sassafras, descend 700 vertical feet on the Foothills Spur Trail to Sassafras Gap, and then climb 500 up the other side. Yellow blazes mark the state line. There are two 3280 contours on the summit of Whiteoak. The eastern one seems to be a little higher. It is supposed to be marked by BM Lake Toxaway 11, but I could not find it.

Sassafras Gap (2820) is the corner of Greenville, Pickens, and Transylvania counties. You'll cross a deep road cut that once was the Emory Gap Toll Road. (Emory Gap is a notch between Hickorynut Mountain and Pinnacle Mountain on the west end of Table Rock State Park.) This road was abandoned after US178 was routed west of Sassafras through Eastatoe Gap, which is almost 200 feet lower than Sassafras Gap.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1423 ft / 433 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1423 ft / 433 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:500 ft / 152 m
    Loss on way in:723 ft / 220 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Foothills Trail spur eastbound
    Start Trailhead:Sassafras Mtn parking lot  3520 ft / 1072 m
Ascent (From Destination) Statistics
    Loss on way out:700 ft / 213 m
    Gain on way out:923 ft / 281 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    End Trailhead:3520 ft / 1072 m

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