Current Trail Conditions:
NEW campsite on the Foothills Trail – An Eagle Scout project has resulted in the tremendous improvement of a designated campsite on the Trail ! Heading east from the Thompson River approximately 1.2 miles ( GB mile 3.9* / Map #7 at 3.9 / 12.5 ) is a designated campsite that is 75 ft. to the right of the Trail. The Boy Scout added an in ground grill and two benches, and cleared a large tent site area. In addition, a cistern has been placed in a small stream about 75 – 100 yards before reaching the campsite. A small wooden sign marks the campsite entrance.
A recent incident at a campsite west of Canebrake is a reminder that a BEAR BAG is necessary at this time of year to protect your food and other smellable items. A poorly hung bear bag resulted in a bear getting to the food supply for a group of backpackers. The bear bag should be hung on a limb at least 10 feet from the ground and several feet away from the trunk of the tree. The selected tree should be located well away from the sleeping area. Although bears are seldom a problem for hikers, giving them an easy opportunity to raid a food supply may ultimately result in the bear being killed!!
Construction work on the observation tower site continues on the summit of Sassafras Mountain. Detour signs are in place that direct hikers from Caesar’s Head and Table Rock to turn LEFT and hike down the paved road to the access leading to Chimneytop Gap, and hikers from Chimneytop Gap will turn RIGHT and proceed up the road to the access point for Table Rock or Caesar’s Head. Waist-high posts with white blazes are in place along the road. A CAUTION sign is in place before the Chimneytop access to warn motorists of hikers being on the road. Construction is expected to continue into November due to weather delays.
SUPPLEMENTAL WATER SOURCES ON THE FOOTHILLS TRAIL: Three Boy Scouts have placed water cisterns in various places on the Foothills Trail. A waist-high stake with a blue reflector indicates the presence nearby of these water sources. Pictures of a cistern can be found on the Foothills Trail Facebook page.
Due to recent logging operations, the area in the vicinity of White Pine Point below Sassafras Mountain can be somewhat confusing due to woody debris. Pay close attention to the WHITE BLAZES. The blazes in this section have recently been refurbished and are clearly visible now.