Monday, January 31, 2011

The South Mountains Game Lands

Sunday, January 30th, 2011
Rutherford County, NC

For this weekends hike, Andy, Bob, Boone, and I decided to explore a remote area of the South Mountains. We have all been to the developed side of South Mountains State Park, but that only encompasses a very small area of the roughly 100,000 acres of the South Mountains.

Our goal for the day would be to reach the summit of Buzzards Roost, the highest peak in the South Mountains Range.  Most of the hike would be through the Game Lands, but since hunting is illegal on Sundays, we figured we would be safe.

We got close, but never did reach the summit of Buzzards Roost. With the shorter days of winter, we would have been cutting things close if we tried to push on any further than we did.

It was still a great day of hiking. The views were better than I expected and the weather was absolutely perfect.   We had the place to ourselves as we didn't see a single other person the entire day!

Overall, I estimate that we hiked about 14 miles and about 2,000-feet of elevation gain. I'll let Andy cover the details in his trip report!  I'll just share some photos:

The Fellowship Baptist Church



Bob taking a Nap


Old Chimney Ruins

Bob and Boone

South Mountains View

The full set of photos is posted here::


Kim said...

real nice i love the mountain with the sun flares

wayne15575 said...

Great series Jack. Boones looking good too. Have a great week.

~Christina~ said...

Godo thing I dont live close by, I would steal Bone!! And maybe Iggy too. Thanks for the comment on my nice Ass! ;)