We will start at the Sloan Bridge parking area of the Foothills Trail on SC 107. This is a “balloon-on-a-string” route and we hope to catch some mountain laurels in bloom. We will hike northeast on the Foothills Trail for about 2.5 miles, then connect with Round Mountain Trail. This will take us to the Upper Whitewater Falls overlook, where we will descend the steps to the viewing platform for a great view of the Falls. We then hike down the spur trail and take a right onto the Foothills Trail, with a 5.5-mile hike back to our cars through a wooded area that ascends Grassy Knob and follows the Chattooga Ridge across the SC/NC line. There will be great views of Lake Jocassee and the South Carolina mountains on the return–even during the summer! The last couple of miles are a gradual descent. Pace will be moderate.!!
M: 11, EG: 2100, R: VSS
Drive RT: 100 miles, $8.00, L: 15
Leader: Jeff & Martine Zimmer,[masked]