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a few questions
“does anyone know if its been extended from 95 to 130 miles yet?
is there any kind of shuttle service available? what about services, mail drops, etc
anyone hiked it, have any comments about the trail?”
“Here's a guide which is a little dated and covers only the older sections of the trail.
I've hiked part of the Pinhoti through Cheaha State Park and it's not too bad, but it was one of the easier sections. There are some shelters on the trail.
Here's the Alabama Trails Association website, where you might be able to get more answers to your questions.”
“It's around 120 miles now. I've only done the sections around Cheaha. Here are some links for you.
Message board for Hiking Alabama (these guys are redoing the trail guide) http://alabamatrail.org/forum/
In depth trail guide from an individual that has hiked the whole length of it multiple times. Also, he posts regularly on the above mentioned message board. People sometimes use the Pinhoti as a test hike before doing the AT.
“It is at the Abalama Walkin Woods.
It got good trales. Watter is skeerce some times at drowts.
There aint no bares soposobly.
Be VERRY CARFUL and do not fall on the roks at the look overs!
Chek be for you doodoo so you will not doodoo on the trale like I done by axadent (some times ther is leafs on the trale and they look like the woods).
Do not be skeerd if you heer "yip yip yeeeeeeeee!" cuz it is jest coyotas and not the Skeery Woof Bare.”
“Dude I had herd that is a very good trail to backpack if you are going to be going there 2scoops please let me know.
“I started to do the northern half in Dec and then decided I wanted an easy going type of trip. If it's 120 miles then I might be interested in doing this 4 days if I got in shape for it. You'd want to do this in Spring or Winter, and I'm tied up this season. Maybe next I'll do this in a big, fast hike.”
“Its that easy?????
“must be no hills!”
“The Hiking Alabama website shows trail profiles.
I couldn't do that kind of mileage now, but if I jogged regularly for about 2 months I feel like I could do it on the Pinhoti.”
“Hey Mike, we need to do part of the Quehanna Trail in Pennsylvania. That was, if I may, "PIMP!"”
“I am thinking about a thru hike on the Pinhoti in early April. The biggest drawback to that plan is what appears to be a lack of water.
How dry is this trail?”
chili, this site has a lot of info.”
please tell me thats a funny name for a rock formation or something”
“Some months ago I stumbled upon a guy's journal of his backpack of the entire Pinhoti Trail. I don't recall that he mentioned having any problems finding water. It was a neat little journal that I read all the way through. I didn't bookmark the site, though.”
“Chili...dayhiker and I live near this trail. I've heard a lot of concerns about the lack of water along the trail. Make sure you do your research and know where it is. John may be able to give you some info about this issue. Good Luck!”
“That second link I posted above lists each water source.
“man i wanna go hike this now”
Some photo's from last weeks backpack of a section
“I think you'll be fine in April. There are long dry stretches, but you won't need much then. The links should give specifics. A guy named Solo is the expert on it. Monday I'll pass along a link to a message board on the Pinhoti.”
“stovey, you gotta little dirt on your chin. and have you lost some weight?”
“I made a point of sucking in my belly gut before each pix! LOL
I have a poor beard nowadays.”
goatees are for....goats ;-)”
“Thanks dayhiker. Looks like water can be found, but several days will involve packing it along. Sort of like a desert hike, I suppose.
I am getting a week of "comp" time in April seeing as how I have worked every day this month. I was hoping to hike this in 10 or 12 days so I only have to burn a week of vacation. I will know by mid February if it is a go or not.”
“Here are some more pictures from FA500 hiking towards the state park store.
“Nice pics, deoredx. Thanks. I am still in the planning stage,but I am getting the maps on this.”
“Are there no road crossings where good TT friends can meet the hikers with some water?”
“chili, if you do this we'll have to meet up for a pre or post hike meal. The starting point is maybe 1 hr south of me and the finish is maybe 1:30 northeast of me.
I haven't read all of the profile listed in the link above but I suspect any water source listed as seasonal will be available in April.
The message board I mentioned is here: http://alabamatrail.org/forum/”
My further griping about the ATA
“If they're building new shelters, why the heck aren't they building Nantahala-style shelters?”
“Hey guys I'm heading out with a friend from the other side (Mississippi Rob) to the Pinhoti Sunday. I wonder what the snow is like up there. It didn't stick here because it was too warm. It would be nice if some of it hung around in shady areas to that water collection would be easy.”
“There should be a little. I'm about 1 hr west of the Pinhoti. What section are you doing?”
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