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Albert Mountain Fire Tower and Pickens Nose

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Standing Indian Campground   Hike: Albert Mountain Fire Tower and Pickens Nose  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Feb 1 2020  7:00 am >> Sat, Feb 1 2020 7:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Jan 22 2020 7:06 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jan 31 2020 7:06 am
Event Duration:12 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:17 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Ron Jacobs
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Join me on a fun adventure to the Albert Mountain Fire Tower and Pickens Nose in beautiful North Carolina. This is a 17 mile hike with 3500 feet of elevation gain.

We will start our adventure in the Standing Indian Campground at the Back country Information station (kiosk). We will start on the Long Branch Trail (trail #86, blue blaze) for 1.8 miles until we intersect the AT. We will continue our generally uphill climb by turning right on the AT for 3.2 miles. At this point we will be at the top of Albert Mountain with a 360 degree view from the fire tower. After enjoying the view we will continue on the AT, on a short, STEEP descent off of Albert and begin our pass by of BIG BUTT MOUNTAIN. At the 6.5 mile mark we will turn left on a service road for a .75 mile road walk. Here we will come to the trailhead for the Pickens Nose Trail. A short .7 miles on this trail will take us to Pickens Nose where we will stop to explore and eat our lunch. After lunch we will retrace our steps back to the cars to complete our out and back adventure. 

Our moving speed will be on the high side of moderate with periods of FAST hiking. The last 5 miles will be mostly downhill and FAST. 

This is a strenuous hike and requires recent D5 experience with the club to join the fun. I reserve the right to move under-experienced hikes to the wait list.

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How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Park at the information kiosk on the service road. We expect to start hiking at around 9:30.

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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):218Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $87.20 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


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