PAC hike goes to the Saluda Mountains Passage Oct. 5

Published 4:19 pm Friday, September 28, 2012

PAC hikers on Sept. 21 on the Daniel Ridge Loop at Pisgah National Forest (in no particular order): Ann Hodge, Patsy Panther, Carolyn Parker, Mark McCall, Carol McCall, Robin Edgar, David Edgar, Michael Cass, Leila Oliver, Elizabeth Dicey, David McCullough, Dawn McCullough, Rennie Habel, Kathy Gross, Wayne Link, Dorcas Epley, Carolyn Brooks, Peggy Guy, Linda Weber, Paul Weber, Barbara Hall, Emily Brock, Claire Brock, Justin Brock, Lois Torlina, Marie King, Mary Savard and the dogs, Buck and Adel, rescues from Foothills Humane Society. (photo submitted by Pam Torlina)

Join the Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) on Friday, Oct. 5 for a 6.5-mile, moderate/strenuous hike on the newly completed Saluda Mountains Passage of the Palmetto Trail, the second hike of PAC’s fall hiking series. PAC Land Protection Specialist Pam Torlina will lead the out and back hike. Hikers will start at the Talisman Camp trailhead and ascend approximately 565 feet over the course of approximately 3¼ miles to the highest point along this section of the trail. Then, hikers will turn around and enjoy the descent back to Talisman Camp trailhead.
The Saluda Mountains Passage is the newest section of the eventual 425-mile Palmetto Trail, a recreational trail that traverses the state of South Carolina (and a portion of North Carolina).  When completed, the trail will consist of several connecting passages from Oconee State Park in the mountains of South Carolina to just north of Charleston on the coast, connecting the mountains to the sea and showcasing the unique history, culture and geography of the Palmetto State.
The Saluda Mountains passage skirts the northern edge of the 19,000-acre Greenville Watershed, dipping in and out of North and South Carolina, as well as the watershed property. In order to protect Greenville’s water supply, the watershed property has been closed to visitors for nearly 70 years, and the Saluda Mountains Passage allows people the unique opportunity to see a portion of this pristine property.

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