Paris Mountain Afternoon Hike

Distance: 6-8 Miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Estimated Hiking Time: Approximately 4 hours

Fee: $2.00 entrance fee to get into park

Required: Bring at least 1 liter of water with you on the hike. 

Please join me for an afternoon loop hike around the North Lake at Paris Mountain State Park. We will meet at the Sulpher Springs shelter/trail head. We will start by taking Sulpher Springs Trail north, turn left onto Fire Tower Trail and take the connector trail to Kunuga Trail. Next we will turn left onto Kanuga Trail, make a left onto North Lake Loop Trail and hike around North Lake (Reservoir 3) to Pipsissewa Trail. From there will will turn left onto Pipsissewa, right onto Brissy Ridge Trail, then right onto Sulphur Springs Trail and take it back to the shelter and trail head. There is one strenuous section on this hike starting approximately 0.7 miles into the hike and lasting approximately 1 mile. The remainder of the hike is moderate. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this hike with me please either send me a message or leave me a comment. You can also contact me by email at: [masked].    

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  • Aarabela G.

    It was a beautiful day for a hike. I realized when I came to the fork I mentioned in my directions that the sign at that fork read Shelter A, B, 5, 6, it also said Camp Buckhorn, but didn't say Suplher Springs Shelter. If anyone came out or attempted to and couldn't find the shelter or was confused by my directions please accept my apologize about for the confusion and any inconvenience. I will post mapquest directions in the future. I'll be leading another hike at paris Mountain Thursday of next week, that one will meet at the main parking area across from the park center/office. Also I will be trying this same hike again on Thursday 10/17. It really is a nice hike.

    September 26, 2013

  • Jim S.

    Martin - Sorry to miss you. I drove through the park about 3 times, all the way back to where it said "no RVs past this point" - never saw a sign for Sulpher Springs trail or shelter. Also looked for people standing about - but guess it would have been just you and me...sorry I missed you. I look forward to you leading a hike I will be on.

    September 26, 2013

    • Aarabela G.

      I am sorry about that. I realized as I came to the fork I mentioned in my directions that the sign at that fork read Shelter A, B, 5, 6, it also said Camp Buckhorn, but didn't say Suplher Springs Shelter. I apologize about the confusion and the inconvenience. In the future if you turn right there you will see a sigh for Sulpher Springs Shelter to your right a short distance from the turn. I'll be leading another hike at paris Mountain Thursday of next week, that one will meet at the main parking area across from the park center/office. I will also be trying the same hike I planned for today on Thursday 10/17. Next time I will use mapquest directions.

      September 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, but I won't be able to make it today ;-(
    But I am looking forward to hiking with this group ! !
    Thanks,
    Jeff

    September 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where is the Sulpher Springs shelter starting place? Is it the main entrance?

    September 25, 2013

    • Aarabela G.

      1 From the park entrance, stay on that road until you come to a fork in the road. That isthe main road through the park and is also called State Parks Rd.
      2 Turn right at the fork, you will see a sign there letting you know to turn right for Sulpher Springs Shelter.
      3 Shortly before Sulpher Springs Shelter you will see two large picnic shelters on a hill to your right.
      4 Continue straight a short distance, you will see a picnic shelter, a sign for Sulpher Springs Shelter and a turn off to your left.
      5 Turn left there. The first parking area and shelter is Sulpher Springs Shelter, on your left. We will meet in that parking area.
      If that parking lot is full there is another larger one just past it across the creek. The trail head is directly across from the parking lot we are meeting at.

      September 25, 2013

    • Aarabela G.

      It's simpler than it sounds, I'm just like to be very thorough when I give directions. Going through the park the will wind a several times before you get there.

      September 25, 2013

  • Aarabela G.

    No problem, I understand Lisa.

    September 22, 2013

  • Lisa S.

    We changed our FHT hike, so I won't be able to make it.

    September 21, 2013

  • Aarabela G.

    There may be a lot of people in this group who don't know me yet or haven't hiked with me before. Also this will be my first time officially leading a hike. So I thought I would share a little about myself. I'm 40 years old and an experience hiker/backpacker. I've been hiking since I was in a teenager in Boy Scouts. I've done a lot of hiking with Janice since joining this group and have helped her lead a few hikes. I'm a nice, friendly and easy to get along with person. I like to plan a hike in detail. I know my way around Paris Mountain State Park like the back of my hand. When hiking in a group I'm hiking with a I'm very good about not getting that far ahead of the group and waiting for the group at trail junctions, road crossings, hill tops. Also I'm always happy to share experience. I hope you will come support me by joining me on my first hike as an official hike leader.

    2 · September 18, 2013

    • Tamara (.

      Looking forward to meeting you sometime soon Martin.

      September 19, 2013

    • Aarabela G.

      Thanks, I always like to meet knew people. I've noticed your posts on a number of hikes. I hope you are able to join us sometime. I plan to do hikes at Paris Mountain State Park rather frequently, I'm planning a series of Palmetto Trail hikes/backpacking trips and a few other things.

      September 19, 2013

  • Aarabela G.

    Also if anyone has a feedback for me as a new hike leader I will be happy to listen.

    September 18, 2013

  • Lisa S.

    I will try to make it. It will depend on what I need to get done next week. You will do great!

    September 18, 2013

    • Aarabela G.

      Thanks, I'm sure I'll do a good job! That would be nice if you can make it, but don't feel bad if you can't. If I hear from you before I leave the house that day that you are coming for sure I will wait for you.

      September 18, 2013

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