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::