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paris mtn firetower trail

Average Rating:    (4.13 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 24

singletrack, hard hard climb up mountian but fast downhill ride down.
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Latitude
34.942518069279885
Longitude
-82.39917755126953
Trail Directions
drive to the blake gate near the end of state park road to reach trail head signs.
Trail Length
7.6 miles
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Greenville
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Review Date
January 19, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: JD529 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
When my friend and I started the descent after reaching the top, it started snowing pretty hard. It had been flurrying on our way up the Brissy Ridge and Kanuga trails. Talk about a fun ride! The snow was sticking to us, our tires, and the trail, and stung when it hit our faces. The Firetower trail is pretty short, all downhill from the top with a few small jumps along the way down to keep things interesting.

Recommended Route:
Take Mountain Creek Trail from Park Center. Bear right onto Sulphur Springs and after a while take the switchback to the left. This connector trail (archery trail or something) will take you to a parking area. DO NOT GO STRAIGHT AND CROSS THE BRIDGE. The reason you want to take the connector trail to the road is because after the bridge, it is a straight-up climb for about 400 feet. Me and my friend hike-a-biked for about 30 minutes straight up, calves on fire. Taking the road will get you to the same parking area as the straight-uphill Sulphur Springs death hill. Once you get to the start of Brissy Ridge, take it until you get to Kanuga. Take Kanuga until it runs into Firetower, then go up or down, depending on how long you want to go downhill on Firetower. Going down Firetower, you merge onto Sulphur Springs again, which is a great DH section, my favorite part of any trail. When you get back to the parking area, take the Sulphur Springs trail straight ahead. Yes, it is the death hill, but it is a fun ride down, just make sure you have reliable brakes. Get on Mtn. Creek Trail and take it to the bottom. Total about 6.6 miles.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
sulphur springs starting from the top of the mountain, kanuga, brissy ridge



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Review Date
October 2, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mikebmiller@gmail.com ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode PM for the first time in years today (and only the second time ever). They have added some great stuff. The Kanuga trail was my favorite. This was about 2 miles of smooth as silk downhill with none of that technical stuff to slow you down. This can be accessed off the firetower trail. The new trails were obviously built with a Dingo. They are a good 2 feet wide and very smooth.

I also tried the Sulpher Springs downhill where they had the race last week. This was a bit too technical for me and I ended up getting off the bike several times. But overall, PM has really gotten to be a great place to ride. I will be making the trip over from Spartanburg on a regular basis.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Croft, Dairy Ridge (Spartanburg) Pisgah, DuPont.



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Review Date
December 20, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: scarch ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I put aerobic and technical difficulty at 3 each, but you can bump aerobic as high as 5 (though technical probably still as 3) by riding hard. The trail line is generous and smooth enough to allow high speeds and serious effort without interference from the terrain and flora.

This was the first mountain bike trail in the park. They just opened a dirt road that used to lead up to the (since dismantled) firetower. A couple years ago they substantially rerouted, recut, and refined to improve the trail for mountain bike use. It now has pretty good flow and is wide enough in spots for optional jumps.

Once at the top end of the trail, an option is to turn right and loop most of the way back via the Sulphur Springs Loop. It's worth a try for a little variety, but be aware that the SSL was cut before mountain bikes were a factor. Parts of it warrant a "5" for technical difficulty - short of freeriding or trials classification but tricky for a typical cross-country jaunt.

Bottom line: Good solid trail experience, though not IMO the best one in the park any more. Rides that are both longer and more interesting have been added since.

Recommended Route:
It's best to refer to the park map. I put a copy in my images here:

http://gallery.mtbr.com/data/mtbr/515/medium/Paris-MountainSP.gif

The trail description on this site is a bit off. The Firetower Trail is 1.6 miles long. You can ride it out & back for 3.2 or go right on the Sulpher Springs Loop where Firetower ends to make the ride a "P" shape instead. Check my notes regarding the Sulpher Spring portion above.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Firetower is only 1.6 of about 16 bikable trail miles in Paris Mountain State Park. Late in 2006 they opened a short Campground Connector that is not on the map yet. Sometime in 2007 they will complete a 3 - 4 mile route from the Firetower down to Reservoir 3. Everything done since about 2003 is specifically designed to be entertaining for mountain bikers. These newer trails have excellent flow. Put the various trails together correctly and you have a ride that is way better than you would expect for Upstate SC. Hang around a while!



Comments
scarch (12/20/2006)
scarch again. I should have mentioned that current park policy is no bikes on Saturdays. I'm cool with that because I hike too, and have heard other hikers rant about rude mountain bikers. Everyone benefits when we work together, so I ride elsewhere on Saturdays, and give hikers I encounter on Sundays a gently pass and heartfelt "have a great day". I wouldn't want the park to go like the Nationals and ban bikes.
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Review Date
February 27, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: ChuckChurch ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
They recently changed the stupid trail rules so that now mountain bikes are allowed on all the trails every day except Saturday. Portions of Sulfur Springs and Brissy Ridge are still hiking only, but these trails are so steep anyway that hiking them requires you to pull yourself up with trees. They're no fun on a bike at all. Plus the new trail called Pippesewa or something like that is sweet. I've put together a loop for myself that covers about 13 miles on almost all the trails, has 1900 feet of climbing, and takes about 1:45 minutes. It's brutal, but fun.

Recommended Route:
First parking lot, trail over bridge, by the lake to Mountain Creek trail, take this to until you cross a bridge. Take the small trail to the left to bring you to road, take road up to Buckhorn gate. (Cat 2 climb). Take firetower trail up to Sulfur Springs trail on right. Take Sulfur Springs to top, come back down Firetower to near parking lot. Take Brissey Ridge by the sign to the new Pippesewa trail, take that down, do the loop around the lake. Take Pippesewa back up, then left on Brissey Ridge to road. Take left on road, steep climb back to Buckhorn. Take left past gate to the steep dirt hill. Take this trail (Sulfur Springs) down to Mountain Creek, back to car. 14 miles in all, pretty tough.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Issequeena, Dupont Forest.



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Review Date
June 6, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Irish ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Climbers will love this. The climb wiped me out, but I think that had to do more with the heat, it was first day this year where it topped 90 degrees.

Not very technical (at least what I have rode so far)pretty much smooth sailing, biggest thing to watch out for is there were a lot of hikers. Downhill was fun.

Also you can only bike on Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun.

Recommended Route:
What Ty laid out sounds good, I rode from the trail head at the Camp Buckhorn gate.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Issaqueena, Doyle Bottom.



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