Beautiful day to visit the top of Alabama. Very peaceful and quiet, only one or two cars arrived after I did. Pleased to find a nice fenced dog park at the top where my best buddy could have a bit of a run around. Got dripped on by water in the tower.
Drove up on Sept 1, 2020. Next day after camping at the CCC campground (had the place to myself) hiked up from Cheaha Lake. Jumped in the lake after the hike to refresh myself. Enjoyable mountain. HP#41 for me!
Took a fun road trip a couple days in front of Marco and Laura. Weather was great, and view from the top of tower was nice.
There is a USGS marker dated 1941, here. Note that it is marked "Cheehahaw", and not "Cheaha."
Completed this hike with Memphis Outdoor Adventures — good hike and good fellowship afterward in the lodge restaurant!
Hiked Hernandez Point too. Beautiful
Impressive views of huge boulders, mountains, lakes and ancient trees
Very cool bigfoot at the top
Since my company decided to shut down from Dec 25 - Jan 1 and my fiancee (unluckily for him/luckily for me) works retail, I booked a flight South to tackle 2 more highpoints. Despite the fog and rain, it was a great hike up the Lake Trail - roadwalk - Cheaha Express - Express Connector -roadwalk ‐ Highpoint Monument ‐ Leave No Trace Bigfoot Trail ‐ roadwalk - back down Lake Trail!!
The most significant part of this expedition was the fact that I had my trusty road atlas available for navigation, since cell reception is spotty in the vicinity of the park. The high point is in the midst of a nice state park with very pleasant employees who are happy to guide visitors to a parking lot right across from a lovely overlook building. Apparently there are real climbing routes available, but it was a densely foggy morning when I went and I was on my way to Georgia so I was happy to take the easy route.
Did the Drive up!
This is Alabama. I flew into Memphis. I then proceeded on a 1,955-mile road trip through the southern states to bag the highpoints in MO, AR, LA, FL, AL, and MS. Here is AL, highpoint number 22/51 for me and ranked 35/51. This is a drive-up highpoint. There is a small fee that you pay to the State Ranger. You then park at the top next to the tower that was built by the CCC funded by FDR. The USGS disc is on the left side (as you face the tower). The climb to the top of the tower was open and the views were marginal (due to the poor design of the windows). There is a small museum next door to the tower. There are plenty of primitive campsites along with a luxurious lodge whose pool has some of the best views around.
Cool summit tower and views, easy to get to by driving to it.
Wow, what a nice highpoint. Beautiful State Park. Be sure to drive around the perimeter and hike to Pulpit Rock overlook w/ outstanding views!
Turned a simple 9.6 mile hike into a 15 mile hike because we took a detour :D
Definitely accidentally took a detour 6 miles south of the mountain on the Pinhoti trail but it was a fantastic view of Adam's Gap ... ended up making the trip about 15 miles total but still made it to the top at sunset. Actually made the hike instead of taking the road, proud of my friends that supported and backed me up even though none of them are mountain climbers!
The pinhoti trail is very nice. Great views for Alabama
Climbed as a kid, no idea on date.
Climbed on a backpacking trip. The views on this part of the pinhoti trail are amazing.
Second high point after starting to travel for work nationwide. Pretty sweet gig, if you ask me.