Foothills Trail, Sassafras Mountain Segment

Pickens, South Carolina

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A one or two-day hike to the summit of South Carolina's highest mountain and down to Laurel Valley and the Jocassee Gorges area. Follow the trail along Carrick Creek toward Pinnacle Mountain over gently ascending, lushly forested terrain. The first 1 mile is easy walking, then the trail climbs sharply, crisscrossing rocky Carrick Creek and its tributaries. The dense foliage is almost like a rain forest, and partridgeberry complements the ever-present rhododendron and mountain laurel. The creek tumbles swiftly and noisily downward, providing a continually rushing auditory background.
Hiking South Carolina

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Hiking South Carolina

by John Clark & John Dantzler (Falcon Guides)

A one or two-day hike to the summit of South Carolina's highest mountain and down to Laurel Valley and the Jocassee Gorges area. Follow the trail along Carrick Creek toward Pinnacle Mountain over gently ascending, lushly forested terrain.

The first 1 mile is easy walking, then the trail climbs sharply, crisscrossing rocky Carrick Creek and its tributaries. The dense foliage is almost like a rain forest, and partridgeberry complements the ever-present rhododendron and mountain laurel. The creek tumbles swiftly and noisily downward, providing a continually rushing auditory background.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Pickens
Distance: 14.1
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1 or 2 days
Season: Year-round.
Trailhead Elevation: 1,250 feet
Top Elevation: 1,900 feet
Local Contacts: Foothills Trail Conference, PO Box 3041, Greenville, SC 29602, (864) 467-9537
Local Maps: Guide to the Foothills Trail, Foothills Trail Conference; Table Rock, Eastatoe Gap USGS quads.
Driving Directions: Directions to Foothills Trail, Sassafras Mountain Segment

Recent Trail Reviews

1/6/2008
1

I hiked from the Nature Center in Table Rock state park to the summit of Sassafras and back. For a round trip milage of around 19-19.5 miles I found this a good training hike with nearly 7500ft of elevation change over the hike (assuming you do Pinnacle). The actual summit of Sassafras is truely a joke you can actually drive your car to the marker. If it was not the highest point in the state I doubt there would be a trail to it. This time of year did make for very comfortable hiking conditions and very few people on the trail. Bald rock was probably the highlight of the trip with amazing views to the south. Worth noting is the time the park closes on this day it was at 7pm so I had to stop by the ranger lodge to have them let me out of the gate, which clearly irritated them.


3/26/2007
1

This segment of the Foothills is pretty grueling, and not much reward at the top as far as view is concerned, but a super feeling of accomplishment once you get there. Great for people who already have hiking experience. It might be a little overwhelming to new hikers though. Have fun!


7/21/2000
1

My brother and I hiked this section in June when the temperatures soared close to 100. The hike up to the summit of Sassafras is pretty strenuous, but worth it. In the summer, there are no views but in the winter you can probably see the surrounding area. It was quiet and peaceful.



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