Pinhoti Hikes Are Back
By Jay Hudson
With the weather cooling off again, summer behind us, and the fall leaves turning, we are once again resuming our Pinhoti Challenge hikes. Normally on the 3rd weekend of each month, we are starting off October right with two hikes – one on the second weekend (10/10) and another on the fourth weekend (10/31)!
Are you up to Alabama’s best hiking challenge? The Cahaba Group will be leading a series of day hikes covering the entire Pinhoti Trail of east Alabama. With one hike per month, we’ll take 26 months to complete the trail which currently runs from Flagg Mountain in Coosa County, near Weogufka, to the Alabama/Georgia border northeast of Piedmont – some 170+ miles! Make up days will be included for those who miss a day or two. For those who complete the challenge there will be parades, keys to the city of Anniston, memorials erected..... not really. How about a Pinhoti patch for your pack, certificate of completion, maybe a picture in the paper, and the personal satisfaction that you have done something not a lot of people have done.
Don’t think you can make the whole trail; come out and hike with us when you can. You might surprise yourself! The hiking will be great. You’ll see Flagg Mountain, Rebecca Mountain, Horn Mountain, Scott Lake, Mt. Cheaha, Pine Glen, Sweetwater Lake, Coleman Lake, Choccolocco Lake, Duggar Mountain, Oakey Mountain, Augusta Mine Ridge, Indian Mountain, and Flagpole Mountain. You’ll see wildflowers and flowering shrubs in the spring. You will see the trees show their colors in the fall. You will hike in quiet woods in the middle of winter. And, you will make some pretty good friends along the way.
We will make every effort to have the hikes on the 3rd Saturday of every month so you can post your Pinhoti hiking days on your calendar. On an as needed basis we will have make up hiking days. And finally we have a rough hiking schedule for those interested so you can track your progress on a map. If you don’t want to do the whole trail but a hike looks good to you……….come on! Are you ready for the Pinhoti challenge!
10/10. Pinhoti Challenge dayhike. This hike will take us from Cleburne County Hwy. 94 northward to U.S. Hwy. 278. At about 7.7 miles, we will traverse elevations ranging from 850 feet (beside Terrapin Creek) to 1600 feet – crossing Maxwell Gap, Augusta Mine Ridge, and Lanie Gap before terminating at the High Point trailhead. In the northeastern part of the state near Piedmont, we should see some early color on the trees! This hike is located in Section 12 of the Alabama section of Pinhoti and gains a rating of strenuous due to the many changes and unevenness in terrain. Make sure to bring a camera. Hiking boots a necessity, as well as plenty of water and a picnic lunch. Optional dinner afterwards. Call or e-mail for meeting place and time. Jay Hudson, 205-907-6879, firstname.lastname@example.org
10/31. Pinhoti Challenge dayhike. This Halloween hike will take us from Bull Gap (AL Hwy 148) along the ridge of Rebecca Mountain to FS603A just outside Sylacauga. This 11 mile trek will take us along the newest section of the Pinhoti Trail south of Bull Gap. The trail follows an old roadbed along the spine of Rebecca Mountain with views to the east and west. Fall color should be at its peak! If we’re lucky, the Rebecca Mountain Sasquatch will surprise us with a showing! We’ll end the hike just 3 miles outside of Sylacauga! This hike is located in Section 12 of the Alabama section of Pinhoti, and gains a rating of strenuous due to the distance and unevenness in terrain. Make sure to bring a camera. Hiking boots a necessity, as well as plenty of water and a picnic lunch. Optional dinner afterwards. Call or e-mail for meeting place and time. Jay Hudson, 205-907-6879, email@example.com