|A moderate hike offering one of
the best views over the 6700
acres that make up Panthertown
Distance (round trip):
Big and Little Green mountains are named
after John Green, an early settler who
grabbed a mountain lion by the tail, swung
the animal over his head and beat it with a
stick. So the story goes. He was supposedly
killed by a panther, as they are called
locally, in the late 19th century.
Arriving at Meadow Ridge from the
clubhouse, turn right before the pavilion
and drive 1.1 miles on gravel to the left-
hand turnoff into the Panthertown parking
area. Park somewhere along the road,
which ends at a gate in front of a power-line
Take the trail leading to the right of the
parking area. Within five minutes, you will
cross a footbridge to arrive at an old
logging road. Turn left on the road, and
pass a signboard with information about the
forest. The road, which follows the route of
railroad tracks used by lumbermen in the
early part of the century, will be visible on
your left as it switchbacks down the steep
hillside. Instead of remaining on the road as
it makes these curves, pick up the footpath
before the first bend. You’ll notice it near a
rain-collection station with a solar panel.
Bear right immediately and soon enough
you will rejoin the logging road farther down
Turn right, and as soon as you cross a
wood-plank bridge over Greenland Creek,
turn left onto a trail leading through the
woods to Schoolhouse falls. When the falls
are within view, take note of the trail on your
right leading to the summit of Little Green
Stop at the falls for a snack or a swim. Then
retrace your steps to the steep trail up the
mountain, which will take about 30 minutes.
At the top the trail splits in several
directions, offering a number of different
options to sit and enjoy the view over
Panthertown. The valley before you is
defined by Blackrock Mountain on its right
wall, Big Green Mountain on the left, and, at
the far end, a bare granite face called Salt
Rock, near the trailhead closer to Cashiers
Valley. Little Green’s best sitting spots are
at the end of a path leading off to the right
through a pine forest.
You will return the way you came. Take the
same trail down the mountain to the falls
and turn left to return to the logging road.
Take care when it goes around a rightward
bend to find the footpath leading back up
the hill to the weather station. Just before
the road enters private property called
Canaan Land, catch the trail at right to
reach your car.
Taylor in the
|In mid-to late July the top of Little Green offers excellent blueberry picking.
Look for blackberries close to the ground.
|Copyright 2008 by Tony Austin