Cherokee Foothills Trail (NC, SC) Oct 29, 2009 17:14:59 GMT -5
Post by Peter Bakwin on Oct 29, 2009 17:14:59 GMT -5
Mark Lundblad set the FKT, 14h26m, February 2012.
Matt Kirk had the previous fastest time, 16h52m, set March 5, 2005.
Anne Lundblad has the fastest time by a woman, 20h47m, April 16, 2011.
Here's what GORP says about the 76-mile long Cherokee Foothills Trail:
The Foothills Trail may be the most unsung, underused, and underrated long trail in the Southeast. It traverses the Cherokee Foothills of the Southern Appalachians in North and South Carolina, through state parks, national forests, and state-owned preserves. In these lands are high ridgelines, wild and scenic rivers, deep rock gorges, wilderness areas, mountain lakes, clear trout streams, towering forests, and a number of incredible waterfalls stretching from one end of the path to the other. There are so many cascades along the Foothills Trail that I wonder why they didn't name it the Waterfall Trail. -- Johnny Molloy, on GORP
On March 5, 2005, Matt Kirk, Byron Backer and John Dove set out to establish a speed mark on the Foothills Trail. Matt finished the trail in at time of 16h52m. His brief report is here.
Matt repeated the trail on March 15, 2008, completing in 18h37m, as reported on his blog.
Mark Lundblad set an excellent new mark of 14h26m in February 2012, as reported here (note that the link in the post below appears to be broken).
Jason Sullivan has organized several group starts on the Foothills trail, and has set up a website and a blog dedicated to thru-runs. He reports that Scott Hodukavich ran the CFT out & back (154 miles) in 70h26m total elapsed time in March 2012. Hodukavich took 31h52m to go from Oconee State Park to Table Rock State Park, rested 6h48m, then went back in 31h46m.