We hiked 9.8 miles, with 2,109 elevation gain. We had not planned on snow but it certainly made for a more interesting hike. Here’s the Alltrails link to our hike:
Web site Sassafras via NC 178
We each used a hiking pole and needed them as some places were slippery. If you go when there is no snow, I am not sure you will need them. I have been wanting to hike this mountain for a while. So glad we got to finally do it, snow or no snow.