GREENVILLE NATURAL HISTORY ASSOCIATION 2014 September- December Hike Schedule CLUB RULES Each hiker is responsible for his or her own safety. Do not attempt any hike beyond your ability. Ask the leader to describe the hike. Consider that any hike over 8 miles is Strenuous. Wear an orange vest or hat during hunting season. Sign in before the hike - add emergency phone number. Notify Leader of any injury or illness. Do not hike ahead of leader without specific permission. Offer driver gas money as noted in the hike description. Do not bring pets on hikes unless noted on the schedule. HIKES WILL MEET AT UNIVERSITY SQUARE SHOPPING CENTER - the shopping center on the west side of Poinsett Highway, 2 mi. north of Cherrydale and 1 mi. south of Furman University. Meet on the Publix side of McDonalds. Saturdays: Leave promptly at 8:30 A.M. unless otherwise noted. Bring water, lunch and wear suitable clothing (sturdy footwear). Sundays: Leave promptly at 1:30 P.M. unless otherwise noted. Bring water, a snack and wear suitable clothing (sturdy footwear). Return times for Sunday hikes are approximate Wednesdays: Leave promptly at 8:30 A.M. unless otherwise noted. Bring water, lunch and wear suitable clothing (sturdy footwear). Officers President Lynne Scoggins 268-4308 [email protected] VP Jerry Miller 399-9658 [email protected] Sec. Mike Wolfhard 244-5030 [email protected] Treas. Lance Renault 244-1021 [email protected] Board Members: Laura Arnold---------238-2005 Will Atchley----------901-1838 David Bennett--------835-8493 Sharon Blake---------676-9177 Lisa Britt---------843 509-9605 Joe Hayden-----------201-1521 Jan Snower-----------663-9253 Dan Waslin-----------963-9867 Cindy Wells----------430-7471 Web Master Andy Heman 292-9118 GNHA Facebook Coordinator Taylor Crouch 770-377-6047 GNHA Email Coordinator Cindy Wells email – [email protected] Phone 864 430 7471 Club Meetup Coordinator Joe Hayden 201-1521 Annual dues are $5.00 payable January 1. Your membership status is shown in the far right column of the directory under “Member Thru”. Dues are not pro-rated but if you join after October 1 they will cover the following year. Please make your check payable and mail it to: The Greenville Natural History Association P.O. Box 26892 Greenville, S.C. 29616. GNHA is online at : Club Website: greenvillehiking.com Facebook Page: facebook.com/greenvillehiking Meetup Site: http://www.meetup.com/GNHA-HIKING-CLUB/ Greenville Natural History Association’s Hike Rating System Hike (miles) Elevation Gain Points (feet) 1 200 1 2 400 2 3 600 3 4 800 4 5 1000 5 6 1200 6 7 1400 7 8 1600 8 9 1800 9 10 2000 10 11 2200 11 12 2400 12 Rating: Add points from distance and elevation gain 0-4 = easy (E) 5-8 = moderate (M) 9-12 = moderate/strenuous (MS) 13-16 = strenuous (S) 17-20 = very strenuous (VS) 21+ = very very strenuous (VVS) Example: M: Distance of hike: 8 miles = 8 points EG: Elevation gain: 1000 feet = 5 points TOTAL = 13 Points R: Rating = Strenuous Hike Reports: Send hike reports and pictures to Andrew Heman, Email [email protected] Please Note : All hikers are encouraged to RSVP to hike leaders by GNHA Meetup, phone or email if they plan to attend a hike SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 HIKE 1 GREEN RIVER COVE TRAIL Starting at the bridge on the Green River Road, it is a nice hike along the Green River as it goes from slow/shallow to fast whitewater. Intersect with Pulliam Creek Trail for final descent to river. Lunch will be on boulders by river. There may be kayakers for entertainment. M: 7 EG 1000 R: MS Drive RT 70 miles $6.00 Leader: Dale Hamann email [email protected] Tel 864 235 9709 HIKE 2 LITTLE HUMP MOUNTAIN--AT NOTE: EARLY DEPARTURE AT 8:00AM Form carpools at University Square Shopping Center and meet leaders at the fruit stand (Peach Patch) on the right hand side of highway at intersection of Hwy 25 and Hwy 11 at 8:15. Hike will begin at Carvers Gap on the NC/TN line and follow the Appalachian Trail to Little Hump Mountain in the Roan Highlands. Cross Round Bald and Jane Bald with beautiful views. Continue on to Little Hump and return by the same way. Woods and open areas, lots of ups and downs but well worth the drive and effort. M: 14.5 EG: 1800+ R: VVS Drive RT: 220 miles $18.00 Leaders: Pam Knutson 864 616-4750 Ann Sullivan 864 468-4664 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 DUPONT – ROCK QUARRY LOOP From Corn Mill Shoals Access, we hike Wilkie, Micajah, and Buck Ridge Rd trails to the edge of the property, then back-track to the old rock quarry. After enjoying the view, we will return by way of Rock Quarry Rd, Twixt, Longside, and Corn Mill Shoal trails. M: 4.5, EG: 500, R: M Drive RT: 65 miles, $5.00, Return: 5:30 pm Leader: Kelly Sprayberry, Tel: 205.331.6707 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 HIKE 1 PETROGLYPHS AND DRAWBAR CLIFFS We will begin above The Rock Golf Course off Hwy.11 and pick up the Palmetto Trail. Then take an old logging road up to the ridge to the petroglyphs with a nice view and debate their authenticity. Continue on the Foothills Trail to Drawbar Cliffs for lunch and enjoy the view. Return the same way with a short side trip to see some impressive rock formations. M: 6.5 EG: 1300 R: MS Drive RT: 50 miles $4.00 Leader: Lynne Scoggins 864-268-4308 HIKE 2 RIM OF THE GAP From Jones Gap we will ascend the Rim of the Gap trail. The trail, which hugs rock faces and crosses waterfalls, has cable handholds and short ladders for security along the way. Return via Cold Spring Branch and Jones Gap trails. M: 11.6 EG: 1700 R: VS Drive RT 40 miles $3.00 + State Park admission Leader: Jan Snower—864- 663-9253 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 HIKE 1: PISGAH NF – SLATE ROCK CREEK-PILOT COVE NOTE: 10:00 START TIME. Form carpools at University Square Shopping Center and meet hike leader at Pisgah Ranger Station at 11:00 am. Starting from Yellow Gap Road, we have a moderate climb up Slate Rock Creek to its head waters followed by a swift descent on Pilot Cove trail. You will enjoy a wonderful view from the rock bluff at the top. Short shuttle required. M: 7-8, EG: 800, R: MS Drive RT: 130 miles, $10.00, Return: 6:00 pm Leader: Bev Parlier, Tel: 828.883.9278, Cell: 828.507.6026 HIKE 2: LAKE CONESTEE NATURE PARK NOTE: Meet at the Pavilion in Conestee Park, 840 Mauldin Rd, Greenville (Next to the Old G-Braves Stadium) We will hike through some of the various trails in the park and experience the different habitats including the three lakes with observation decks, wetlands, the Reedy River, mixed hardwoods, and pines. Restrooms are available at the Pavilion. M: 4, EG: 100, R: E Drive RT: 0, Return: 4:00 pm Leader: Trudy Bruns, Tel: 864.292.6575 FRIDAY TO SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19-21 ANNUAL GNHA CAMPOUT EXTRAVAGANZA A weekend full of hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! We will camp at BIG CREEK group campground in the Smokies. (take Waterville Rd. exit off I-40, at the Tenn. line) Arrive early on Friday, and after we set up, we will do a short hike to Midnight hole. Saturday we will hike to Mt. Sterling (M;11 EG:4000 R:VVS). There are interesting forest changes along the way, and a fire tower on top! Those that prefer a shorter hike can do an out-and-back on the nearby AT. Sunday we will pack up, and hike on your own. BRING: $5.00 camping fee per person, an appetizer to share for "Happy Hour" before dinner on Saturday, a stick of firewood for the campfire, and 360degree smiles!!!! RESERVATIONS REQUIRED-LIMITED SPACES CONTACT-Bev Parlier [email protected] 828-883-9278 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 HIKE 1 CAESARS HEAD – COLD SPRINGS TRAIL/ TOM MILLER TRAIL We start at the Raven Cliff parking lot, hike the Cold Springs Trail to meet up with the Jones Gap (#1) Trail. Lunch at the Waterfall. Then up the Tom Miller Trail (the ending is steep uphill) to our cars. M: 7.7, EG 1600, R: S Drive RT: 55miles, $4.00 Leader Dan Waslin tel. 864-963-9867 [email protected]charter.net HIKE 2 BLACK ROCK MOUNTAIN--- GEORGIA NOTE: 8 AM START TIME Black Rock State Park, near Clayton, GA, straddles the Eastern Continental Divide at over 3600 feet. We will hike the 7.2 mile James E. Edmonds Backcountry trail then lunch at the Lookoff Mtn. overlook with view of valley. Time permitting; we will also do the 2.3 mile Tennessee Rock trail with many ups and downs and two tough climbs. Hike is worth the time and drive for great views of NC,SC and GA. M: 7.2 (9.4) EG: 1200 (1900) R:S (VS) Drive RT: 180 miles $14.00 Leader: Janet Aguilar 864 243-8334 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 HIKE 1: SALUDA – GREEN RIVER COVE NOTE: 10:00 START TIME We will follow the Green River as it goes from slow to fast whitewater. We will descend to the river where we will relax on the boulders at the river’s edge. With some luck, we may see some kayakers come through for entertainment. M: 7, EG: 1000, R: MS Drive RT: 65 miles, $5.00, Return: 5:00 pm Leader: Will Atchley, Tel: 864.901.1838 HIKE 2: DUPONT – SHEEP MOUNTAIN From Corn Mill Shoals access, hike follows Longside and Pine Tree trails to Sheep Mountain. Hike ends at the High Falls access where you may tour the new Visitors Center. Short shuttle required. M: 4.5, EG: 100, R: M Drive RT: 75 miles, $6.00, Return: 6:00 pm Leader: Mary Simms Gregory, Tel: 864.288.3323 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 HIKE 1 BAD CREEK TO THOMPSON RIVER We cross the Whitewater River and hike along well defined trail to the Thompson River where we lunch. Frequent ups and down contribute to strenuous rating. Beautiful hike at any season. M: 7 EG: 1000 R: MS or S (9 miles if including Lower WW Falls) Drive RT 115 miles $9.00 Leader: Ian Clarke Tel: 288-5085 HIKE 2 MT. LECONTE VIA ALUM CAVE TRAIL NOTE: EARLY DEPARTURE 7:30 A.M. Mt. LeConte and back in one day! Alum Cave is the most spectacular of the 5 trails leading to the top of Mt. LeConte. At 2.3 miles the trail passes under the Alum Cave Bluff and at 5.5 miles we reach the top (6593’) with an elevation gain of 2750’. Remember, it can be warm at the bottom of the mountain and cold on top. This is a great opportunity to see one of America’s prettiest mountains. We hope to be on the trail between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m. and be off the mountain between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. Dinner on the way home is optional. M: 11 EG: 2750 R: VVS Drive RT 230 miles $18.00 Jerry Miller 864 399 9658, cell 216 276 2278 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 CLEMSON – SIX MILE CREEK – LAKE ISSAQUEENA We will hike the Six Mile Creek Trail in the Clemson Experimental Forest. The trail is about 3.6 miles and includes four wet stream crossings. Prepare for wet feet or take provisions to stay dry. We will then drive over to Falls Shelter and do the West Lake Trail for some views of Lake Issaqueena and the dam. With some luck, we might watch swimmers sliding off the dam. M: 5.3, EG: 1300, R: MS Drive RT: 100 miles, $8.00, Return: 6:30 pm Leader: Lisa Britt, Tel: 843-509-9605, [email protected] SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4 HIKE 1 COME WALK THE HIGH COUNTRY. A loop hike. From FS 816, we will climb Black Balsam and Tennent Mountains, then down to Ivestor Gap and return via Graveyard Ridge and Mountains to Sea trails. Great views, some easy climbs; the complete hike is above 5000 feet elevation. M: 7 miles EG: 1100 ft R: S Drive: 140 miles RT $11. Leader: Alan Toney @ tel: 864-380-3539. HIKE 2 BAD CREEK TO UPPER WHITE WATER FALLS AND ROUND MOUNTAIN From Bad Creek Parking Area we hike to the Foothills Trail follow White Water River upstream and go to Round Mtn. Gap where we take the old FHT, looping around to Upper Whitewater Falls. From the observation deck we rejoin the FHT and return to Bad Creek. M: 9 E.G. 2200 R: VS Drive RT: 115 miles $9.00 Leader: Lance Renault 864-244-1021 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5 SASSAFRAS MTN OVERLOOK VIA CHIMNEY TOP GAP ACCESS Starting at Chimney Top Gap Access just above Rocky Bottom, SC, hike the Foothills trail to the summit of Sassafras Mountain. We’ll enjoy a beautiful view from the new overlook. This will be a downhill stroll back to the cars. M: 5.5, EG: 1100 R: MS Drive RT: 65 miles, $5.00, Return: 6:45 pm Leader: Barbara LaRochelle, Tel: 864.382.0676 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11 HIKE 1 TRAIL MAINTENANCE---PALMETTO TRAIL NOTE: 8:00AM START TIME We will work on a section of the Palmetto Trail in the mountain area. Specific location and task will be determined closer to the date by the Palmetto Conservation Foundation (PCF) staff. Tools supplied by the PCF. Bring snacks, lunch, water, other necessary items, WORK GLOVES and a big smile. Last spring we had a good turn out and got a lot accomplished on the work day, let's do it again and give back to the trails we enjoy. Please call leader ahead to sign up, thanks. M: ? EG: ? R: Work! Drive RT: To be determined Leader: Lynne Scoggins 864-268-4308 HIKE 2 SHINING ROCK THE HARD WAY NOTE: EARLY DEPARTURE AT 8:00 A.M. Form carpools at University Square Shopping Center and meet leader at Pisgah Ranger Station on US 276 about 1 mile north of the intersection of US 276 and US 64 at 9:00 A.M. Starting at the Big East Fork Parking Lot on US 276 north of the Blue Ridge Parkway we will take the Shining Creek and Old Butt Knob Trails to the Shining Rock summit. We will return on Art Loeb and Shining Creek Trails. There should be outstanding views of the Shining Rock Wilderness from Shining Rock. Also, the Shining Creek Trail follows Shining Creek much of the way with beautiful cascades and small waterfalls. This is a wilderness hike limited to 10. Contact the leader to reserve a place. M: 9.2 EG: 3100 R: VVS Drive RT: 150 miles $12.00 Leader: Sim Wright Tel: 803-840-6274 Email: [email protected] SUNDAY, OCT OBER 12 PETROGLYPHS VIA PALMETTO TRAIL – SHORT ROUTE Starting from “The Rock at Jocassee,” we connect with the Palmetto Trail; then onward along an old logging road that takes us up the ridge to the Petroglyph site. There are about 600 petroglyphs on the outcrop and excellent views. Return via the same route. M: 5, EG: 1100, R: MS Drive RT: 50 miles, $4.00, Return: 6:00 pm Leader: Nancy Englisbe, Tel: 864.360.2864 Asst. Leader: Kelly Sprayberry SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18 HIKE 1 PARIS MOUNTAIN STATE PARK NOTE: 10:00 START TIME Meet leader at the park. Go up Paris Mountain Road past Sulphur Springs Shelter to the top. Turn right on Camp Buckhorn Rd, new overflow parking is about 300 yards on left. We will do a loop hike consisting of Sulphur Springs, Kanuga, Pipsissewa and Brissey Ridge trails. M: 5 EG: 600 R: M Drive RT: 0 State park admission fee required Leader: Mike Kaplan 864 322-4621 HIKE 2 PISGAH - SLATE ROCK CREEK/LAUREL MOUNTAIN TRAIL NOTE: START TIME 8:00 From Yellow Gap Rd we will hike Pilot Cove to Laurel Mountain and then descend to Slate Rock. Nice view from Pilot Rock, followed by expansive valley views from Slate Rock. Make an intermediate stop at the Pisgah Ranger Station about 9-9:15AM. M: 9 EG: 2200 R: VS Drive RT 140 miles $11.00 Leader: David Bennett, [email protected], Tel: 216.835.8493 SUNDAY, OCT OBER 19 HIKE 1: CHATTOOGA RIVER – WATERFALL RAMBLE - KEY SWAP NOTE: 9:30 START TIME Hike follows the Foothills Trail along the Chattooga River to visit Pigpen, Licklog, Big Bend and King Creek falls. This is a key swap hike. All hikers will meet at the entrance to Cherry Hill Campground at 10:45 where drivers will swap cars and passengers and then drive to your trail head to start hiking. Up river hikers will drive to Nicholson Ford access and hike upriver to Burrell’s Ford access. Concurrently, down river hikers will drive to Burrell’s Ford access and hike down river to Nicholson Ford Access. Hikers will pass en-route and exchange keys. Pre-hike registration is required. New hikers must call the Hike Leader to gain clearance to hike. Prior to departure at University Square, carpools will be arranged by hike legs. Other hikers must coordinate with the Hike Leader if you are meeting the group at Cherry Hill Campground. Up River Leg: M: 10, EG: 1800, R: VS Down River Leg: M: 10, EG: 1000, R: S Drive RT: 120 Miles, $10.00, Return: 7:00 PM Up River Leg Leader: Joe Hayden, Tel: 864.201.1521 Down River Leg Leader: Lisa Britt SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25 HIKE 1 CROWDERS MOUNTAIN STATE PARK Meet at Earthfare on Pelham road at 8:30 We will re-group at McDonald’s in Gaffney at I-85 and SC11 We hike scrambling thru a rock garden to the summit with great views of the countryside, where rock climbers frequent, lunch at the fire tower, then return to the visitors center down a wide open trail thru the forest. M:7.2 EG:1400 R: S Drive RT:140 $12 Leader: Bill Twitty 864-458-9754 Asst; Bill Robertson 864-244-3456 HIKE 2 DANIEL RIDGE AREA - PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST. This clockwise, loop-hike is a combination of old road beds and trails including Daniel Ridge, Caney Bottom and Cove Creek. Hike along the rushing Davidson River, view 2 waterfalls and enjoy a variety of trail surfaces and forest scenery. There are at least two long ascents and some narrow side-slope and rooty trail sections. The hike will be at a moderate pace. M: 8.8, EG: 2000, R: VS Drive RT: 100 mi, $8.00 Leaders: Ron and Sharon Blake 864-676-9177 [email protected] SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26 TABLE ROCK – CARRICK CREEK PLUS Hike starts on Carrick Creek trail; then we will take a side trip up the Pinnacle Trail to Carrick Creek falls, then return to finish the Carrick Creek trail loop. M: 4, EG: 600, R: M Drive RT: 50 miles, $4.00, State Park Admission, Return: 5:30 pm Leader: Bob Griffin, Tel: 864.313-0422 Asst. Leader: Frank Becknell SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1 HIKE 1 ELLICOTT ROCK FROM BULL PEN ROAD. An in-and-out hike, the shortest trail to Ellicott Rock, at the tri-section of NC, SC and GA on the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River. A little local history thrown in. Weather and river level permitting, we will identify all three markers. But why three? M: 7 miles EG: 800 ft R: MS Drive RT: 110 miles return $9. Leader: Alan Toney @ tel: 864-380-3539. HIKE 2 LITTLE SAM AND SAM KNOB From Hwy. 215 we will climb the Mountains To The Sea Trail and take a side trip to Devil’s Courthouse, then loop around Little Sam Knob with a climb up Sam Knob. M: 10.5 EG: 1510’ R: VS Drive RT 125 miles $10.00 Leader: Mike Wolfhard, Tel: 864-244-5030 [email protected] Assistant Leader: Jerry Miller, 864-399-9658, [email protected] SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2 (DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS) HIKE 1: UPPER AND LOWER WHITEWATER FALLS NOTE: 10:00 START TIME Hike starts on the Foothills Trail at NC 281 to the overlook of the Upper Whitewater Falls for a spectacular view before descending and following the Whitewater River to the Lower Whitewater Falls. Return to the Bad Creek parking area. Shuttle required. M: 7, EG: 600, R: MS Drive RT: 120 miles, $10.00, Return: 5:00 pm Leader: Darin Horne, Tel: 864.607.0880 HIKE 2: CAMP OLD INDIAN – POINSETT BRIDGE LOOP This hike will begin and end at Camp Old Indian. Along the way, we will stop at the old Poinsett Bridge built in 1820. With some luck, the leaves will be in their peak. M: 3.5, EG: 400, R: M Drive RT: 40 miles, $3.00, Return: 5:00 pm Leader: Mary Simms Gregory, Tel: 864.288.3323 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8 HIKE 1 CAMP OLD INDIAN LOOP NOTE: 10:00 START TIME We will hike the trails of Camp Old Indian including a visit to the historic Poinsett Bridge and onward to the peak of Old Indian Mountain. After our break, we will descend to see the east side waterfall and finish on the east perimeter trail. M: 7, EG: 1200, R: MS Drive RT: 40 miles, $3.00 Leader: Joe Hayden, Tel: 864.201.1521 HIKE 2 PALMETTO TRAIL KEY SWAP Form carpools at University Square Shopping Center and meet leaders at the fruit stand (Peach Patch) on the right hand side of highway at intersection of Hwy 25 and Hwy 11 at 8:45. One group will begin at Orchard Lake Campground near Saluda, NC and hike the Poinsett Passage. The other group will begin near Lake Lanier, Tryon, NC and hike the Blue Wall Passage. There is a key swap somewhere in passing on the trail so everyone has a ride at the end. M: 13.6 EG: 1800+ R: VVS Drive RT: 60 miles $5.00 Leaders: Ann Sullivan 864-468-4664 Pam Knutson 864-616-4750 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9 TABLE ROCK – BASE AND STOOL NOTE: 12:00 START TIME We will hike the steep climbers trail to the Stool and then across the saddle to the base of Table Rock. Great Fall views overlooking the Table Rock watershed! Be prepared for rope assists. M: 4, EG: 1100, R: MS Drive RT: 50 miles, $4.00, State Park Admission, Return: 5:00 pm Leader: Bev Parlier, Tel: 828.883.9278 Asst. Leader: Cindy Wells SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15 HIKE 1 SALUDA MOUNTAIN PASSAGE --PALMETTO TRAIL Meet at University Square Shopping Center to form carpools. Take Hwy 25N and turn off onto old Hwy 25 through the Greenville watershed. Continue on Old Hwy 25 past turn for Saluda to the Talisman Camp at the border of SC/NC. Turn left at camp, drive short downhill to first right turn to parking lot/trailhead. Meet leader at trailhead. Palmetto Trail signs present. Short shuttle required. We will hike the Saluda Mountain Passage of the Palmetto Trail which skirts along watershed property. Until the Palmetto Trail was allowed to go through this area, this was forbidden territory. Hopefully fall color and some views. Leader is a Palmetto Trail staff member. M: 6 EG: 900 R: MS Drive RT: 60 miles $5.00 Leader: Jim Kelly 864- 918-4192 HIKE 2 SHINING ROCK THE EASY WAY We will start at FS road 816 and follow the Art Loeb Trail to Shining Rock Gap. Return by the Ivestor Gap trail. Outstanding mountain views from Black Balsam, Tenant Mountain and Shining Rock. M: 10 EG: 2000 R: VS Drive RT: 140 miles , $11.00 Leader: Roger Walker Tel 864-395-9027 Email [email protected] SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16 PISGAH NF - COVE CREEK - CANEY BOTTOM NOTE: 12:00 START TIME Starting at Cove Creek Campground, hike Cove Creek and return via Caney Bottom trails to complete the loop. This is an easy hike after a short uphill climb at the beginning. You’ll see a couple of pretty waterfalls. M: 5, EG 300, R: M RT: 120 miles, $10.00, Return: 6:00 pm Leader: Will Atchley, Tel: 864. 901.1838 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22 HIKE 1 BLUE WALL PRESERVE From the Blue Wall Preserve parking area, our hike will be along the Blue Wall Passage (section) of the Palmetto Trail. We will walk between two (2) large ponds and observe the handiwork of the local beaver population. Although difficult to see, there are two (2) waterfalls near the ponds. This is primarily a peaceful walk through a hardwood forest along a small creek bed. This property, located in the “Dark Corner” of Greenville County, is partially owned by The Nature Conservancy. We will discuss the history of the property as we walk up to Vaughns Gap, which is located between Hog Back Mountain and Rocky Spur. We will return to our cars by the same route. M: 7, EG: 1500, R: S Drive RT: 60 miles $ 5.00 Leader: Bill Twitty 864-525-1089 Email: [email protected] HIKE 2 BAD CREEK TO HILLIARD FALLS Begin at Bad Creek parking lot and follow Foothills Trail in and out. Rest at Thompson River, then resume trail to Glenn Hilliard Falls on Bear Camp Creek where we’ll have lunch. On return we’ll stop again at Thompson River. Winter views along Foothills Trail. M: 11 EG: 2000 R: VS Drive RT 115 miles $9.00 Leader: David Bennett, [email protected], Tel: 216.835.8493 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 HIKE 1: JONES GAP TO DARGAN’S CASCADE NOTE: 10:00 START TIME Hike straight up the gorge to lunch beside the pool, then hike back. Great falls views. M: 8 EG: 1000, R: S Drive RT 40 miles $3.00, State Park admission, Return: 4:00 pm Leader: Cindy Wells, Tel: 864.430.7471 HIKE 2: SWAMP RABBIT – NORTH POINT TO ROWE FORD RD We will start at the new north terminus and hike through Travelers Rest to the caboose; an easy downhill grade. Short shuttle required. M: 5, EG: 100, R: E Drive RT: 10 miles, $1.00, Return: 5:00 pm Leader: Seth Harrison, Tel: 404.374.5689 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29 (THANKSGIVING) HIKE 1 ASHMORE HERITAGE - HIGH ROCK When the steep climb up a logging road finally ends we have a nice woods walk to a large flat rock where we can lounge or walk. Wonderful view of the lowlands. Well worth the effort. M: 6 EG: 1000 R: MS Drive RT 35 miles $3.00 Leader: Dale Hamann email [email protected] 864 235 9709 HIKE 2 PINNACLE MOUNTAIN SUMMIT AND WEST ESCARPMENT The hike begins on the Palmetto Trail near Camp Adger Road access. We will ascend toward Pinnacle Mountain summit stopping for a beautiful view of Horse Mountain and Rock Mountain from the petroglyphs bald and Drawbar Cliffs. After summiting Pinnacle Mountain, we will descend off trail to the west escarpment of Pinnacle Mountain to a bald that can only be seen from Emory Gap Toll Road and Rock Mountain. Continuing to descend, we will connect with the Foothills Trail and ascend to Emory Gap. We will take a short off trail connector to Emory Gap Toll Road which will connect to Camp Adger Road. If you like plenty of creek crossings and mountain views, you will enjoy this hike. Call hike leader before signing up for this hike. M: 9 EG: 3500 R: VVS Drive RT 50 miles, $4 Leader: Terry Bolt home 864-225-0322 cell 864-934-1257 (leave a message) SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30 (THANKSGIVING) TABLE ROCK SP - ½ WAY OVERLOOK This is an up and down the same route so there will be opportunities to rest and relax and await the more determined if you prefer. M: 3, EG: 1000, R: MS Drive RT: 50 miles, $4.00, State Park Admission, Return: 5:45 pm Leaders: Fran Spicer & Peter Taylor, Tel: 864.297.8572 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6 HIKE 1 Rocky Bottom—Laurel Fork Fall – Lake Jocassee Starting at the end of Horsepasture Road, we hike past Virginia Hawkins Falls to see Laurel Fork Falls. We continue on to lunch at Lake Jocassee. We return the same way with an optional stop at Virginia Hawkins Falls. M:8, EG 1000, R: S Drive 88 Miles, $7.00 Leader Dan Waslin tel. 864-963-9867 [email protected] HIKE 2 JONES GAP, RAINBOW & PRETTY PLACE Start at Jones Gap and hike up to Rainbow Falls, then to Pretty Place for lunch. Trail from Rainbow Falls to Pretty Place has several rock scrambles with rope assists. Return to Jones Gap by the same trail. M: 8 EG: 2000 R: VS Drive RT 40 miles $3.00 + State Park admission Leader: Laura Arnold, [email protected] 864-238-2005 GNHA HOLIDAY PARTY 6:30 PM Come join your friends for our annual holiday party. Eat, drink and be merry, as they say. We will furnish the plates, cups, silverware and ice. You bring a dish to share and your drink of choice. Tentative Location: Pelham Mountain Estates Clubhouse 10 Violet Court Greenville, SC 29615 We need some volunteers to help set up and clean up. If willing to help, please contact Lynne Scoggins at 268-4308. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7 CAMPBELL MOUNTAIN TO CHANDLER ROCK Hike starts at the red gate on Persimmon Road and follows the Mountain Bridge Trail to the top of Campbell Mtn. Beautiful cascading waterfall along the way and wonderful winter views. Then we will drive to Chandler Rock for a beautiful view. M: 4, EG: 500, R: M Drive RT: 37 miles, $3.00, Return: 5:30 pm Leader: Mary Simms Gregory, Tel: 864.288.3323 TUESDAY DECEMBER 9 GNHA BOARD MEETING Symmes Branch Library, Pelham Road 6:00PM SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13 HIKE 1 RAVEN CLIFF FALLS – from RANGER STATION We hike from the Caesar’s Head Ranger Station on trails 15, 7 and Cold Spring Branch to Raven Cliff Falls parking lot and then on to Raven Cliff Falls. Great view from the bridge. Return by same route. M: 9 EG: 1500 R: S Drive RT 55 miles $4.00 + SC Parks admission Leader: Jan Snower—864-663-9253 HIKE 2 TABLE ROCK VIA PINNACLE TRAIL A steep climb of about 2200' on trail of 7.5 miles. We will take the trail up Pinnacle Mountain then cut across Panther Gap and climb Table Rock. Great views from top of Table Rock. Lunch overlooking several surrounding counties. M: 10 EG: 2200+ R: VS Drive RT: 50 miles $4.00 plus SC Parks admission Leader: Dolores Flores 864-243-1561 SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14 CAESARS HEAD – RAVEN CLIFF FALLS BRIDGE – SHORT CUT We’ll take an old logging road to Gum Gap and Natureland Trust trails to the suspension bridge and return by the same route. A good beginner hike. M: 4.2, EG: 400, R: M Drive RT: 55 miles, $4.00, State Park Admission, Return: 5:00 pm Leader: Darin Horne, Tel: 864.607.0880 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20 HIKE 1 Johns Rock - Pisgah Starting at the Fish Hatchery, we do the Cat Gap loop and climb the Johns Rock trail for the view & lunch. We return down to the Cat Gap Loop & on to the parking lot. M: 6 EG: 900 R: S Drive 110 Miles $9.00 Leader Dan Waslin tel. 864-963-9867 [email protected] HIKE 2 FORK MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM SLOAN BRIDGE ON 107 TO THE WALHALLA FISH HATCHERY Early departure: 8:00 AM Short shuttle required. M:11.9 mi and est. EG 2000' VVS RT:110 miles $9 Leader: Bill Algary 864-270-9987 or [email protected] SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21 NINE TIMES PRESERVE – BALD ROCK MOUNTAIN NOTE: 12:00 START TIME. Other hikers will meet us at Holly Springs Grocery (Hwy 11/178) at 12:30 pm. We will hike the new trail in this preserve to Bald Rock Mountain and return by the same route. M: 6, EG: 1000, R: MS Drive RT: 65 miles, $5.00, Return: 5:45 Leader: Bev Parlier, Tel: 828.883.9278, Cell: 828.507.6026 Asst. Leader/Carpool Organizer: Mary Simms Gregory SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27 HIKE 1 SASSAFRAS TO BEASLEY GAP From the Sassafras Mountain parking lot we will hike east on the Foothills Trail to Poplar Hollow. The hike will then head west off the FH trail to Round Top Mountain for a unique view of Sassafras Mountain, Little Caesars Head Mountain and Rocky Bottom. Crossing over to Rock Mountain, we will find a beautiful unique view of Pinnacle Mountain from the northwest. Descending to Poplar Hollow Road we will then cross over Horse Mountain to Beasley Gap and shuttle back to Sassafras Mountain. Shuttle required. This hike requires at least two hikers. M: 9 EG: 1000 R: S Drive RT 85 miles, $7 Leader: Terry Bolt home 864-225-0322 cell 864-934-1257 (leave a message) HIKE 2 TURKEY PEN GAP, SQUIRREL GAP, CANTRELL CREEK LOOP From Turkey Pen trail head we hike on these trails: South Mills, Pounding Mill, Squirrel Gap, Cantrell Creek, and South Mills back to Turkey Pen. M: 10 E: 1,500 ft. R: VS Drive RT: 100 mi. $8.00 Leader: Lance Renault 864-244-1021 SUNDAY, DEC EMBER 28 (CHRISTMAS) CLEVELAND PARK TO MAIN STREET NOTE: Meet by the Vietnam War Memorial, 2nd Parking Lot past Zoo Let’s stroll through Cleveland Park, explore the site of Greenville’s beginnings, through to Reedy River Falls and the “Liberty Bridge,” then walk up Main Street and enjoy coffee at a surprise location somewhere downtown. Return via the Historic Pettigru District and Washington Street. M: 4, EG: 100, R: E Drive RT: 0, Return: 5:00 pm Leaders: Fran Spicer & Peter Taylor, Tel: 864.297.8572 THURSDAY JANUARY 1, 2015 NEW YEAR'S DAY 10:00AM Once again, we plan to start the New Year off with a fun gathering for hiking and Hobo Stew. Meet at Paris Mountain State Park at Sulphur Springs Shelter #5. State Park admission fee required. We will have two hikes, one shorter, both leaving from the shelter around 10:00 am. Leaders and trails to be determined. Bring a can of VEGETABLES for the stew and an extra non-perishable food item to be donated to a food pantry. We will have Hobo Stew after the hikes around 12:00 noon. Tom Parlier, the Iron Chef of Rosman, in control of the stew. Please bring a dessert or cornbread to share with others. BYOS (spoon), it is real messy without a spoon. We will use the empty cans as bowls. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!
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