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Sunday Hike: Pinhoti Trail Loop
|Event Location:||Cheaha State Park, Talladega National Forest, Alabama|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sun, Feb 20 2011 9:45 am >> N/A (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am *log in for location*)|
|Registration Opens:||Thu, Feb 10 2011 8:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Sat, Feb 19 2011 8:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||3.5 hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D4: Moderate to Difficult|
|Trip Leader(s):||Richard A. Zalik|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||16|
|Minimum Group Size:||5|
|Number Registered So Far:||16 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||Yes|
|We will walk 2.8 miles south on Cave Creek Trail, take a short connecting trail to the Pinhoti trail, and return to the parking lot. About 2.5 miles from the parking lot we will do a short detour to a scenic spot where we will stop to rest and have a snack. We will also see the remains of a plane that crashed in the area many years ago. The total walking distance is about 7 miles.|
Optional: After the hike we will have Sunday brunch at the restaurant in Cheaha. The view from the restaurant is really spectacular. After brunch we will drive to the summit of Mount Cheaha, which at 2407 ft. is the highest point in Alabama.
NOTES: We will meet at the trailhead at 9:45am Eastern time (Alabama is on Central time).
This section of the Pinhoti is very rugged, with many rocks and boulders along the way and several steep ascents and descents, but is very scenic. It is really worth the effort, but you should not attempt it unless you are in good physical condition, have hiked before, and have good knees.
|How to Get There:|
|Event Directions:||Cheaha trail head, Cheaha State Park. Drive east 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 about ½ mile. Turn left on AL 281 and continue 11.9 miles. You will see the parking straight ahead, at a point where the highway does a sharp turn to the right, 1/3 mile from the Cheaha resort and park offices.|
|Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):||160Mile(s)|
|Carpool Departure Time:||8:00 am|
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|Carpool Cost:||Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $64.00 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 costs with carpool driver. If you stay for brunch it will cost you around $12. To drive to the summit of Mt. Cheaha costs $1.00 per car.|
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