Pinhoti Trail Mtce., Jan. 2,3,5,7-10, 2014. Clairmont Gap to US77, Scott Lake,Horn
On Thursday, Jan. 2, I finished clearing 0.9 mile of trail north of Scott Lake. Todd Henderson had used a weed eater near the lake so I just cleared the woody growth. On Friday, Jan. 10, I drove up FS 600-1 for 2.8 miles, parked on the side road, and started down the switchbacks towards Scott Lake. It was a misty, cloudy, “drippy” day. Todd had also used a weed eater on this part as well and there was very little woody growth, so I turned back after about a half mile. I headed south, next, and cleared the woody growth all the way to “Wormy’s Pulpit” (This overlook should now be re-named “Painted Pyro Party Pulpit. Ever visit we make here we collect loads of trash. Not only have vandal visitors spray painted the boulders here but someone has discharged a lot of brown foam. It is a beautiful overlook; too bad there’s no way to protect it.) In summary, the Pinhoti Trail from US Hwy 77 to this lookout is now in very good condition (Todd had also mentioned that he’d used a weed eater from this overlook southwards to the gap north of Horn Mt. tower back in early Nov. 2013. Also, as a note, I was able to drive my Toyota Corolla up FS 600-1 and park 2.8 miles in. The road is in very good condition for the first 1.4 miles but gets a little rough after that with some rocks and small ditches on the steeper slopes.).
On the other 5 work trips, I cleared 5.3 miles from Clairmont Gap south to where the trail briefly joins FS 600-2 near Chandler Springs and the 3.2 miles from Skyline Drive south to US Hwy 77 at Porter Gap Trail-head. There are about 9 car tires and other garbage on the slope below the dirt road where the trail joins FS600-2 north of Talladega Creek (Chandler Springs). I had to deal with some very cold temperatures on two of these trips; one day as I got out of my car it was 11 degrees and another it was 19 degrees f. I had an icy “beard sickle” hanging down one day. I also would recommend using a mechanized brush cutter and not “hand operated” loppers on the first 2.4 miles south of Clairmont Gap (Guntertown Road). Also, as a note, the FS road 600-2 going north from Talladega Creek to the power line just south of Clairmont Gap is in really bad shape with VERY DEEP ruts. I would not even consider taking my “high clearance” truck on this road. In summary, The 23.5 mile section from Adams Gap south to Horn Mt. should now be in very good condition. Total time = 56 hours, drive time = 15 hours, 783 miles, 10.8 miles of trail cleared, 7 trips.
Trail Building in Weogufka, Alabama
Side hilling went great this past weekend on the new section of the Pinhoti in Weogufka, Alabama. We had nine volunteers this time so we have accomplish 1/2 mile at this point but trail work will continue over the next few months including the trail work week March 17-22. It’s coming along slow but steady. Feel free to contact me at 256-786-0894 for future trail work days.