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Pickens Nose and Albert Mt. Fire Tower (new Date!)

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Standing Indian Campground   Hike: Pickens Nose and Albert Mt. Fire Tower (new Date!)  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Oct 17 2020  9:30 am >> Sat, Oct 17 2020 3:30 pm
Registration Opens: Wed, Sep 30 2020 7:45 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Oct 16 2020 1:08 pm
Event Duration:6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:10 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Leigh B
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
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

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


Join me on a fun adventure to the Albert Mountain Fire Tower and Pickens Nose in beautiful North Carolina. I will be taking a new, shorter route this time with about 10 miles and 3000 feet of climb.

We will start out on the Bearpen Trail, this trail is not on Alltrails but it is on the map. This trail is about 2 miles with a steady 1200 foot climb and intersects the AT at the base of Albert Mt. We will take a left turn and assault the steep incline that leads to the fire tower on Albert. After enjoying the views there, we will head back down the AT for about 2 miles, pass Big Butt Mountain (my personal favorite) before a short road walk that leads to the Pickens Nose Trail.  We will eat lunch at the nose and enjoy the peak fall colors before retracing our steps back to the car.

Our moving speed will be on the high side of moderate with periods of FAST hiking. 

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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We won't be starting this hike at "the usual spot"... follow your gps! Trailhead Location


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