Ascent of Sawnee Mountain on 2016-05-03

Climber: Dan Hildebrand

Date:Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sawnee Mountain
    Elevation:1960 ft / 597 m

Ascent Trip Report

I'm not entirely sure when they added trails on the western side of the Sawnee Mountain Preserve, but it was awesome to have an excuse to wander around the actual Forsyth county high point. I kinda hate car bagging, so this makes hitting this high point a lot more enjoyable.

Starting at the older parking lot on Bettis Tribble Gap Road, I took a group of coworkers over to the Indian Seats vantage point to ensure that they got a view for their efforts. After taking in the sights, we doubled back to the parking lot and cross the street to the newer trails. To keep things simple, we took the Ridgeline trail out to the Mountainside loop and then just walked up Tower/Barker road to get the high point. The best part about not researching hikes before hand is that find some really interesting stuff! Who knew that the Barker House (known as the Spaceship because of it's really interesting flying saucer architecture) was at top? The high point itself is fenced off and the whole property is owned by Forsyth County and is covered with No Trespassing signs, but you can get close enough to a view, see the house and call check the Successful Ascent button.

I wanted to bushwhack down to the north section of the Mountainside trail, but we decided to make it an out-and-back so we could make it to the Cherry Street Brewing Coop for some post hike craft beer. All in all, we did a little over 6 miles and I'm excited about coming back to finish out the Hilltop - Mountainside - Ridgeline loop!
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