Hiking Trails / Day Hikes

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Welcome to my "Hiking Trails / Day Hikes" site. See below for an explanation of the data and codes used in the trail write-ups. I have hiked over 2,300 miles day-hiking in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, mostly within about 80 miles of Anderson, SC. For several years I kept detailed hiking records using a microcassette recorder, a pedometer, and an altimeter. This site displays the trail data from those records. In general hikes are listed alphabetically by the name of the trail in the state containing the trailhead. Hikes begin and end at the same point by way of backtracking, looping, or combining trails. (The rare exception is noted.) Although this data is several years old, I hope day-hikers will find the information useful and interesting -- like the total-ascent data, the animal lists, and the organization of trails into day hikes. Please tell me of any errors or broken links you find. Thanks. I hope you enjoy the site. - Jon Maloney

Explanation of Data and Codes Used

Altitude: Altitude figures are approximate. I set my altimeter to zero at the trailhead and then made note of the altitude at obvious high and low points during the hike. The total ascent shown is less than the actual ascent because I did not record small ascents and descents. I used a portable altimeter that worked by barometric pressure, thus if a front moved in during a hike the altitude figures were inaccurate.

Animals: This is a partial list of animals I saw, heard, smelled, or for which I saw tracks or territorial marks.

Blaze: A blaze is a mark used to show hikers where the trail goes. Blazes are usually paint marks although sometimes small pieces of metal are used. Blazes are put on whatever is convenient: trees, rocks, stakes, fallen logs. Turns are often preceded by a double blaze -- two blazes in one spot.

Date Hiked: The date on which I recorded the hike's details. I enjoyed some hikes many times, but I usually only recorded the details once or twice.

Difficulty: This is a subjective code I used in my hiking records.
1   Easy: Hikes with this rating have no long or steep grades. Their few slopes are short and gentle.
2   Moderate: Hills may be numerous and some may be steep, but stops along these hikes are more often to enjoy the scenery than to rest.
3   Demanding: These hikes may cause the hiker to stop and rest occasionally, usually due to long uphill grades. Hikes with poor footing sometimes get this rating too.
4   Strenuous: Most hikers will stop to rest frequently on strenuous hikes. These trails have steep ascents and sometimes poor footing.

Length: The length refers to the total hike, beginning and ending at the same place (except where noted). Distances are in miles and are approximate, based on my pedometer readings.

Location: The location directions were as accurate as I could make them at the time I recorded the data. Roads, landmarks, and trailheads change over the years. Please obtain current data rather than using these directions.

Scenery: This is a subjective code I developed for my own use. It should be used as a general guide only.
1   The hike offers woods, maybe fields, and maybe boulders, but little if any water and no distant views.
2   This rating usually means there is water with no falls, or distant views with no scenic water. Hikes with this rating usually do not have both scenic water and distant views.
3   These hikes often have obstructed views and scenic water. They may have waterfalls with no distant views or excellent views with no waterfalls.
4   This rating indicates great waterfalls, great views, or both.

Type: When a hike contains more than one type, the predominate type is shown.
Backtrack   You hike one way, turn around, and retrace your steps to the beginning.
Loop   The hike forms a loop that brings you back to the start.
One-Way   One-way hikes do not end where they began. Transportation is required at the end.


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