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backpacking
26 days ago

Started out from Adams Gap headed counter-clockwise on Saturday around noon. We hiked around 8 miles on Saturday and Sunday and finished the hike early Monday.

There are several pools around Cheha Falls for swimming. Devil's Den was pretty crowded and there was a good amount of trash (mainly beer cans...). The Skyway trail could be marked better. The connection to the trail was tough to find and we completely lost the trail around the Hubbard Creek crossing. Nice hike though, moderately difficult in certain areas.

backpacking
1 month ago

Hiked the Pin-Chin-Sky loop with a friend, started out on the Pinhoti from the Adams Gap TH - too late on a rainy Friday afternoon - and just made it to the base of the Stairway in the dark, in the rain. Glad we had fresh legs the next morning (first trip of the season) for the Stairway! Beautiful trails, especially the last portion of Chinnabee that parallels the creek. Overnighted near Devil's Den and finished with Skyway on the next day. Overall a very good hike, some scrambling, and yes we missed the sign for the Chin-Sky connection and turned around at Lake Chinnabee, LOL! I get it with "no blazes in the wilderness", but there were places on the Pinhoti that really should be marked better, i.e, especially in the rock gardens.

Awesome waterfalls as you start and nice camp spots with great views later along the trail.

Great hike. Lots to see along this trail. The church & cemetery were a fantastic surprise. Saw baby rabbit, many lizards, butterflies, one small snake, many birds. Ticks were really bad at Laurel Shelter. Don't get the lyme. Not all waterways were bridged but our feet managed to stay 90% dry. Use of prescribed fire for wildlife management in this area is frequent and makes for a diverse experience. This is a Wildlife Management Area so be aware of hunting seasons.

I just happened to stumble across HighFalls while heading to Cheaha, and I am so glad I did. I enjoyed a bit of rock climbing before making my way to the falls, each climb took me to an even more beautiful view. I climbed across a fallen tree that stretched out in front of one of the falls and jumped right in. I didn't do the entire loop though. I just hiked to the highest falls and then turned around to come back the same way. This ended up being my favorite stop on my trip through Talladega National Forest. I would definitely wait on this one until after significant rain though. It's my understanding that the experience can differ significantly depending on the flow of the waterfalls.

hiking
2 months ago

This is also known as Section 11 of the Pinhoti Trail. I did the trail from North to South ...and the climb out was a doozy - but this enabled a relative downhill hike to the Burns Trailhead. Note that there is very little reliable water outside of the trailhead, so you will have to pack it in if it had not rained within the last day or two.

Google Maps has the northern trailhead as: North FS500 Trailhead Pinhoti Trail, Creek 500, Piedmont, AL. There is parking for 4 to 5 cars there.

I did it with two friends in December and it rained half the day. I still had a great time; several nice views and alot of whats great about Alabama. I would do it again. Certain parts have blazes too far apart and they require some searching.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Fantastic trail system!! Nowhere else in the East can you be rewarded so well with Epic Downhills for only moderate climbs!
Walkers and Hikers are welcome, but please follow the instructions on the kiosks and walk/hike in the opposite direction of bike traffic.
Enjoy this gem!!!

Conquered a small part of this trail. My older two girls loved it! The views were amazing!

Well maintained trail. Didn't see anyone. Very peaceful.