Pinhoti Trail Mtce., Jan. 16,20,& 21, 2014 Rebecca Mt south of Sage Gap comm. Tower
I spent 3 days cutting woody growth and knocking off loose limbs from the west comm. tower (Sage Gap) to where the trail joins FS Rd 675 I also picked up a lot of trash near the abandoned comm.Tower. Other team members had already cleared most of the blackberry vines and grass with a weed eater I believe.
Pinhoti Map review meeting at Heflin USFS office, Thurs., 01/23/14 w/ Tara Prizito, Gloria Nielson, Lesley Hodge, & John N Calhoun 10am-1230pm. I was 30 minutes late but stayed until after lunch until about 1pm. The 1st meeting was Feb.21,2013. Total Time = 5 hrs., drive time=2.5 hrs., 130 miles.
Pinhoti Trail building Trip with AHTS , Sat., 01/25/2014. New trail between Weogufka & Flag Mt.
First we hauled the long creosote timber and installed it over the creek (in the 1st mile
of trail south of Co Rd 41), then started side hill digging along the side of the ridge after the trail leaves the logging road. We had 6 volunteers – Callie Thornton, Joe Jones, Mark & Barbara Murchison, Edwin Martin, & me. I was the first to leave the crew about 130pm and walked back to my car at the fork. We dug out at about ¼ mile of new trail or more. My total time = 7 hrs., drive time = 2 hrs., 10 min., distance = 109 miles, 0.25 miles of trail built.
I went back the next day, Sunday, Jan. 26, and blazed the trail from the gate to where it joins the log road. I also cut some woody growth and cleared the new route at the new bridge. There were several blazes already north of the creek but I added some at turns in the trail. Total time = 7.25 hrs., drive time = 2 hrs., 8 min., 109 miles. approx. 1 mile of trail blazed.
Pinhoti Trail Mtce. Sat., 02/01/2014, Horn Mt. Section around the peak.
I met Hayward Warren at the Walmart in Chelsea. He drove his all wheel drive Subaru to US 77 below Porter Gap and slowly up FS600-1. We parked a few hundred yards past “Wormy’s Pulpit” then hiked down to where the very obscure side trail leaves the Pinhoti and follows the ridgeline up to the tower site. We cleared the Pinhoti starting at the place where it comes very close to FS600-1 just north of Horn Mt. Peak all the way south to Sherman Cliffs. Mainly we just loppered the woody growth but we did pull 2 fallen trees off as we hiked through. On the way back we detoured up to the Picnic pavilion and took pictures of the foreign cane patch, Eastern White pines, fire tower, and privies. The spur trail down to the Pinhoti was not even noticeable except for the original dark blue flagging tape that was placed on a few trees on June 3, 2006 (and very few degraded white blazes). I think most visitors are using the power line ROW or just following the muddy road up . Also, there was a lot of garbage below the overlook at Sherman Cliffs and a concrete memorial cross has been placed near a rock on the next overlook to the north.