Several long trail runs and family hikes over the weekend on the Pinhoti Trail between Dugger Mountain and Oakey Mountain, near the Chief Ladega trail in Piedmont, AL.
Out-and-back family hike from North Trailhead to Eagle’s Nest Overlook, followed by a short run along the yellow trail to meet up with everyone at the BMX Track.
From Thompson trailhead, family hike on trail 206 before family headed back and I continued for a longer out-and-back run (past the waterfall) with the creek on one side and canyon walls on the other.
From Cheaha trailhead, family hike south on Pinhoti Trail before family headed back and I continued, running the loop back to the trailhead via Cave Creek Trail.
First visit to Little River Canyon National Preserve, which appears to have plenty of backcountry roads and trails worth exploring in the future.
First visit to the local national forest: From highway 82, Lake Payne Rd / 726 (past Shiloh Methodist Church) to forest service roads 738, 707 / 710 / 705 / S. Sandy Rd, and then back to 82 – mostly driving with a few foot excursions at spots that looked promising.
Last family hike in Virginia before the move: Horse Nettle Trail and a few of the unmarked trails just off the forest service road by our house.
Paced Henry during the Brush Mountain Breakdown 5k in the Jefferson National Forest, where he was one of the top fifteen finishers in 36.17.
Five-mile family hike to Dragon’s Tooth–just off the Appalachian Trail–including a bit of scrambling at the top.