Backpacking Foothills Trail -For Beginners

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This is a beginner backpacking trip,

Foothills Trail:

Hiking from Horsepasture Road (Laurel Valley Access) to Table Rock State Park.

Meeting at Table Rock State Park Trailhead Parking Area 158 E Ellison Ln, Pickens, SC 29671

Date: Saturday, April 10th 2021 Time: 8:30am We will meet at Table Rock State Park to make introductions, check our gear and set up the carpool/ shuttle plan. Hike Overview:

This beginner weekend backpacking trip will be on the Foothills Trail. It is a 15 mile backpack trip, starting at Laurel Valley Access and finishing at Table Rock State Park. Highlights This first day section includes amazing views from Balancing Rock and Sassafras Mountain (3,554 feet), which is the highest mountain in South Carolina. We will be camping at John L Cantrell Homesite, which is a short distance from Sassafras Mountain. The next day we will enjoy views of Bald Knob, which offers a spetacular view of the peidmont below. We will also hike to Mill Creek Falls (0.4 miles each way) on our route out.

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at backpacking but didn't know where to start? Confused about gear or just didn't have anyone to go with? If so, then this is the perfect opportunity for your first backpacking experience!

Day 1:
Hike 6 miles We will begin at Laurel Valley Trailhead and follow the white rectangular blazes east toward Table Rock State Park. There will be a fair amount of uphill climbing this day as we will be summing the tallest mountain in South Carolina. We will have lunch on the summit of Sassafras and enjoy the views. After lunch, we will continue 1.1 miles to our campsite where we will set up for the night.

Day 2 - Hike 8.5 miles From the campsite, we will continue our hike on the Foothills Trail to our cars, approx 8.5 miles away. This section will be mostly downhill as we descend towards Table Rock State Park. We should finish no later than 1:00 pm.

Lunch in town is an option, if we finish before 1:00pm, which will be decided as a group.

Car Shuttle Information: We will need to set up a shuttle plan when we meet for this trip as this trip is a point to point hike. From our meeting point at Table Rock Mountain, we will take all our backpack gear and travel with only three cars to Laurel Valley Trailhead. Facemasks must be worn by each individual whilst in shared vehicles. At the end of the hike, we will all again shuttle the owners of the other vehicles to retrieve their cars at the starting point (approximately 20 minutes drive) from Table Rock State Park. Each person will need the following basic backpacking gear: Backpack Tent Sleeping Pad Sleeping bag Headlamp Basic first aid kit Water filter 1 - 1.5 litre water Food/ snacks Stove If you have any questions regarding this trip please don't hesitate to reach out to me and I'll be happy to answer any of your questions. See you all there.