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Alabama's Pinhoti Trail: Porters Gap to Adams Gap

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Adams Gap, Talladega National Forest, Alabama
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jan 22 2011, Sun, Jan 23 2011  10:00 am >> N/A  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 10 2011 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jan 21 2011 8:00 pm
Event Duration:Two days.
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Trip Leader(s):
Richard A. Zalik
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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:2
Number Registered So Far: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No



When finished, the 335 mile Pinhoti  National Recreation Trail will be a continuous point to point hiking trail that travels through nearly equal measures of high rocky ridges, stream filled gorges and quiet hollows along the final southern reaches of the Appalachian Mountains from east central Alabama to northwest Georgia. It courses through the Talladega National Forest, the Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust, and private easements.The Pinhoti northern terminus is in north west Georgia near Blue Ridge, where it intersects with the  Benton MacKaye Trail around mile 70. Hiking east 70 miles on the BMT will put you at Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.
Its southern terminus is in east central Alabama at Flagg Mountain 
near Weogufka, which is known for being the last southern Appalachian mountain that rises above 1000 feet.

After leaving one or two cars at Adams Gap we will drive a short distance to our starting point at Porters Gap. From Porters gap the trail heads north along the ridge of Talladega Mountain, then drops down to Talladega Creek. After crossing the creek and a railroad line, the path resumes its ascent around Talladega Mountain, reaching a small stream after 5 miles. Here we will camp for the night. The next day we will walk approximately 10 miles. We will head northeast along the north slope of the mountain, drop to Clairmont Gap, start climbing again on switchbacks until we reach the ridge top, eventually going down to another creek before ascending to Adams Gap. 



Required Items to Bring:

At least one quart of water for the first day. I will bring filtering equipment to treat water.
Bring food for two cold lunches one breakfast and one dinner, as well as snacks for the trail.
You need a sleeping bag, pad, stove, hat, cooking and eating utensils, personal medication and hygiene items, and a change of clothing.
 A tent.

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
An additional water bottle, which you can fill up at the campsite. There will be no water available for the next 7 or 8 miles.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Drive west on I 20 to Alabama exit 191. Turn left (south) on US 431 for about 3.7 miles. Take a right onto County Road 131 towards AL 281, where it dead ends after curving backwards for about a mile. Turn left on AL 281 and continue for about 19 miles until its end at Adams Gap.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):180Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $72.00 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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Cost Includes:Share gas expenses with carpool driver.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.