About 8 miles, moderate to strenuous
Highlights: Waterfall, Hogback Mountain, Vaughns Gap
Picture: View from Hogback Mountain Road - February, 09
We will be hiking the Blue Wall Passage of the Palmetto Trail up by Landrum, South Carolina. We will not be hiking the whole trail but will start West of Lake Lanier due to parking constraints. Much of this hike is considered moderate but the last 2 up to Vaughns Gap are considered strenuous and very steep. Hogback Mountain is where the WSPA-TV transmitter is located. This area was once the hunting grounds of the Cherokee, who lived West of here in Greenville, Oconee, and Pickens Counties. Their name for the Blue Ridge Mountains was The Blue Wall. Hogback Mountain is considered a monadnock which is the Cherokee name for a small mountain. This area was settled by the Germans, and Scotch-Irish who started to migrate here in the mid-1700s.
Hike expectations: All my hikes are exploratory. I try to pick trails I've never done before so we can have some variety and see new places together. There are thousands of trails in our corner of NC, SC, and GA so we have plenty to choose from! I expect the difficulty of this hike to be moderate to strenuous although you need to take into consideration the distance. This hike will take approximately 5 hours including rest stops and lunch. It will be an all day event. Driving time approximately 60 minutes one way. HIKING SAFETY TIPS FOR MY HIKES: 1. ALWAYS HIKE BEHIND THE HIKE LEADER. THEY NEED TO MAKE SURE WE MAKE THE TURNS PROPERLY AND THAT EVERYONE IS TOGETHER. 2. WE SHOULD ALWAYS STOP AT INTERSECTIONS AND WAIT FOR EVERYONE TO CATCH UP SO WE DON'T LOSE ANYONE. 3. PLEASE TELL YOUR HIKE LEADER IF YOU START TO FEEL SICK OR NEED TO TAKE A REST. THIS IS NOT ONLY FOR YOUR SAFETY BUT IS ALSO FOR THE GOOD OF THE GROUP. Suggested Gratuity: $5.00 per person for vehicle gas approximately
Fee: No fee ALWAYS BRING WATER AND SOMETHING TO EAT.
We will be leaving Ryan's right at 9:00 a.m. so please try and be there between 8:45 a.m. and 9 so we can arrange vehicles.