We will start at Sassafras Mountain lower parking area and head down the Foothills Trail (past the Palmetto Trail head) to the Chandler homesite and camping area. After a short break we’ll backtrack up the Foothills trail and hook up with the new Roundtop section of the Palmetto Trail. We’ll take the (new) Hemlock loop trail for some great views ( adding a little extra distance to the original hike plan) and then loop back around to the lower Palmetto trail road to snack or lunch before heading back toward the parking area where we will make a short side trip up to the new observation tower for the fabulous 360° views! The MS rating has not changed.

M: 6.5, EG: 1000, R: MS
Drive RT: 75 miles, $6.00, L: 20
Leader: Sandy Hunter,[masked]