Coldspring Branch Trail and Bill Kimball Trail

Picture of rocks along Bill Kimball Trail

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Date Hiked: 7/15/95

Length: 6.4 miles

Type: loop

Difficulty: 4

Scenery: 3

Blaze: orange on Coldspring Branch Trail, pink on Bill Kimball Trail

Main Features: El Lieutenant (300-foot granite face) on Bill Kimball Trail

Animals: raven, vultures, crows, snails, deer

Location: Caesars Head State Park, South Carolina

Drive north from Caesar's Head State Park on highway 276. After 1.1 miles there's a parking lot on the right. The entrance is at the far end. Park. Walk back up highway 276 toward the park headquarters for about 0.1 miles until you come to a gated road on the left. There's a sign that says "Coldspring Branch Loop". The trail follows that road.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 150 feet from parking lot to high point at 0.4 miles
Descend 1,100 feet to junction with Bill Kimball Trail (5) at 3.1 miles
Ascend 1,100' to high point at 6.0 miles
Descend 200 feet to parking lot at 6.4 miles
Total Ascent: 1,250 feet

0.0 Raven Cliff Falls parking lot
hike up paved road back toward Caesar's Head State Park headquarters
0.1 turn left at brown pipe gate and hiker registration station
(hikers are required to register)
begin Coldspring Branch Trail (3), blazed orange
0.4 high point
0.8 continue right on Coldspring Branch Trail (3) when Bill Kimball Trail (5) goes left
1.2 continue straight on Coldspring Branch Trail (3) when Coldspring Connector (7) goes right
1.3 stream crossing
1.6 stream crossing
2.0 stream crossing
stream crossing
2.1 stream crossing
2.3 stream crossing at convergence of three streams
2.6 stream crossing (trail continues on strip between two streams)
2.7 stream crossing (potentially wet)
3.1 turn left on Bill Kimball Trail (5), blazed pink
3.3 stream crossing
stream crossing
4.3 reach base of first granite face of El Lieutenant (300 feet tall)
reach base of second face with partial views across valley
4.4 reach base of third face, also with partial views
4.5 reach base of fourth face
4.9 reach ridge crest
5.7 bear right onto Coldspring Branch Trail (3)
6.0 high point
6.3 return hiking permit at registration station
turn right on highway 276
6.4 parking lot


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