Mardi Gras has been a tradition in Mobile, AL for over 300 years. It is a celebration marking the beginning of Lent, the day before Ash Wednesday. In 1704, Mobile held their first masked ball – 15 years before New Orleans had their first Mardi Gras celebration. The tradition of street parades started in 1711 with a cart sporting a papier-mache cow’s head. The parades, King Cakes, beads, and balls have evolved into spectacular events and definite crowd-pleasers.
With Mardi Gras having such a cult following in the coastal states, we get a week off of school. And, guess what, Mardi Gras break is FINALLY here!
Although I don’t share the excitement the same way as the masses, I do LOVE Mardi Gras! At least the break from school 😉 It gives me a chance to camp and hike. This year, I’ve decided to start section hiking the Pinhoti Trail and the Appalachian Trail. It’s always been a dream of mine to hike the AT. I’ve been trying to find a way to thru hike but it just isn’t going to happen at this point in my life, and I’m no longer willing to delay my trip.
Planning My Trip – Where to Walk
I’ve decided to begin at the southernmost terminus of the Pinhoti Trail and hike the first 5 sections (maybe 6) of the trail. The first two section of the Pinhoti have a lot of road hiking – I’m NOT really excited about these two section but I really want to start at the beginning of the trail. Here is the information about the first 6 sections of the Pinhoti according to the Pinhoti Trail Alliance.
Trail Rating: Moderate +; Road Walk Easy
Miles Location Name 0 Flagg Mountain TH 0.4 Small Campsite 0.4 Seasonal Water 1 Seasonal Water 1.8 Seasonal Water 2 Small Campsite 2.1 Large Campsite/Trail Shelter 2.1 Reliable Water 2.3 Seasonal Water 4.7 Reliable Water 6 Convenience Store 6 Reliable Water 12.6 Grocery/Convenience Store
12.6 Reliable Water 12.6 AL 21 Trailhead
Section 2 – (7.1 miles road)
Trail Rating: Road Walk Easy
Miles Location Name 12.6 AL 21 TH 12.6 Grocery/Convenience Store 12.6 Reliable Water 17 Reliable Water 17.9 Grocery/Convenience Store 17.9 Reliable Water 22.9 Trammel TH
Section 3 – (11.4 miles wooded)
Trail Rating: Moderate
Miles Location Name 22.6 Trammel TH 23.3 Seasonal Water 24 Seasonal Water 34.3 Grocery/Convenience Store 34.3 Trail Town 34.3 Bull Gap TH
Rebecca Mountain is in this section of the trail.
Trail Rating: Moderate +
Miles Location Name 34.3 Bull Gap TH 34.7 Seasonal Water 41.8 Small Campsite 41.9 Small Campsite 42.7 Large Campsite 43.5 Seasonal Water 46.1 Large Campsite 46.1 Seasonal Water 46.9 Seasonal Water 48.7 Reliable Water 48.8 Small Campsite 48.8 Large Campsite 48.8 Reliable Water 49.4 Large Campsite 49.4 Seasonal Water 49.6 Seasonal Water 49.8 Seasonal Water 50.4 Seasonal Water 51.5 Seasonal Water 52.3 Grocery/Convenience Store 52.3 Trail Town 52.3 Porter’s Gap TH
Horn Mountain is in this section of the trail.
Trail Rating: Moderate +
Miles Location Name 52.3 Porter’s Gap TH 52.3 Grocery/Convenience Store 52.3 Trail Town 55.7 Large Campsite 55.7 Reliable Water 56.4 Small Campsite 57.2 Large Campsite 57.5 Small Campsite 57.5 Seasonal Water 58.8 Seasonal Water 58.9 Seasonal Water 62 Large Campsite 64.4 Large Campsite 66.1 Small Campsite 66.1 Seasonal Water 66.2 Large Campsite 66.2 Seasonal Water 66.6 Seasonal Water 66.7 Seasonal Water 67.6 Large Campsite 67.6 Seasonal Water 67.6 Reliable Water 67.8 Adam’s Gap TH
Burgess Point is in this section of the trail.
Trail Rating: Difficult
Miles Location Name 67.8 Adam’s Gap TH 69 Seasonal Water 70.3 Seasonal Water 70.9 Large Campsite 71 Seasonal Water 72.2 Small Campsite 73.3 Seasonal Water 73.7 Seasonal Water 73.8 Large Campsite 73.8 Seasonal Water 73.9 Large Campsite 76.4 Large Campsite 76.5 Large Campsite 76.9 Small Campsite 76.9 Large Campsite 77 Small Campsite 77.4 Large Campsite 77.8 Small Campsite 78 Large Campsite 78 Seasonal Water 78.1 Trail Shelter 78.5 Large Campsite 79.1 Cheaha TH
Stairway to Heaven is in this section of the trail.
For me, this is a BIG plan. I’m really out of shape. All of the blogs and articles I’ve read say to get into shape before you leave. I don’t have time so we’re going to see how that works out 😐 I have to say I’m not worried about any of the sections except section 6 so I’m going to wait until I’m there to make the decision… I’ll also have to see how much time I have before having to return to work. 😉