Philmont Introduction Hike Pine Mountain Trail January 17-18, 2016

We began gathering at WCA at 5:45am for  6am departure going south to Pine Mountain, Ga and FDR State Park.  We left with a slight drizzle that followed us south below Atlanta.  We arrived at a McDonald’s for breakfast just before daybreak.  While the Adults made final plans for the hike, the sun came up over the trees giving an indication of how the day would go.  By the time we checked in at the state park, the sky was clearing, although it was still quite cold.

We started down the trail at about 10:45am for our planned hike of around 5.5 miles.  The group moved along well and we ended up at the campsite for the day in short order.  Of course, that meant we missed a turn and had to retrace our steps just a little.  We took a nice trail around the FDR State Park campground where we stopped for lunch.  After a nice break and sitting in the sun, we continued our hike and returned to our campsite to stay just after 2pm having completed 6.4 miles.  Free time was spent gathering wood, replenishing water, and just hanging out.  Dinner time was just after 5, around a nice campfire.  The wind died as the sun disappeared behind the trees.  While it was cold, we were all prepared.

We awoke to clear skies and close to freezing temps,  but the Scouts began packing up and getting ready with just a little encouragement from the adults.  A short 1.6 mile hike back to the car and off to a stack of pancakes we went.  We returned to WCA just after 1pm.  All in all it was a great trip of 8 miles of fun backpacking.

Joseph H (SPL for the trip)
Stephen P ( navigator)
Pierce S
Tanner W
Tristan M
Drew C
Collie P

Tom W
Jeff C

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