First Sumitted Cheeseburger in Southeast – Flagpole Mountain, AL

January 13, 2009 at 3:30 pm 5 comments


CacheBurns' first summited Cheeseburger

ParrGolf’s and David’s first summited cheeseburger

Summiting cheeseburgers has been an idea tossed around in North Alabama for a few months now.    (I think Rick618 was the first to bring the idea up…)   That’s right, alot of talk and no action.   About a month ago, I decided it was time to take action and bring this great idea to the heart of the southeast, where some of the most beautiful summits set.    I started a plan for a group hike to the summit of Wade Mountain in Madison County, AL for the end for the 31st of January (2009).    I seem to be getting a lot of good and fun feedback on the idea.   Folks are looking at the web site here, and think this is pretty cool.   I suppose we’ll see how that turns out in a couple of weeks!

 The Pinhoti Trail runs from Flagg Mountain, near Sylacauga, AL just Southwest of the Talladega Nation Forrest, to the Benton MacKaye Trail in North Georgia.   (For those interested, this hooks into the AT and northward.)   This trail runs across a number of summits along the way.   A couple of my buddies who enjoy hiking and geocaching decided to enjoy both activities this past Saturday (January 11, 2009) and hike a good portion of the ATA section of the Pinhoti Trail on Flagpole Mountain.   (That would be me, David, and ParrGolf.)   We parked our cars on Cherokee County Road 8 and headed northward on the trail.   Along the way, we saw a small amount of wildlife, including turkey, evidence of old Civil War era iron furnaces, and sweeping views of the surround valley, mountains and hills.   

 David has taken a particular liking to this summiting cheeseburgers idea that I was advertising.   Along the way, he told me that he has been looking this web site over and thinks this is cool.   He claims to be planning to take cheeseburgers to all future summits he visits….. I can’t wait to see the logs.    Once we reached the summit of Flagpole Mountain, we looked at view, the USGS benchmarks, and the old campsite there.    David could barely hold his glee, telling us he had a little surprise.     David is a fairly reserved fellow, so I was wondering what was up.    He informs us that he has brought each of us a cheeseburger to enjoy on this summit!    Well, we got those cheeseburgers out and gobbled them up.   A couple of local hikers passed us while we were shooting the pictures; and based on their faces, they were convinced something was wrong with us.    Who knows, maybe they’ll see the light one day.

From the summit, we proceed another mile to the Georgia State line, where we took the opportunity to touch GA dirt and make a few pictures, then we returned to our car.   In all the hike was exactly 11 miles, starting at an elevation of about 850′ and hitting the summit at an elevation of 1962′.   As far these southern Appalacians go, this is a decent size mountain in AL.    This particular trail generally rode the ridge-line, with a minimum of switchbacks.      The Pinhoti Trail Alliance is doing a great job maintaining and improving this trail.    This was a fantastic day hike, despite the little bit of rain.

Woot!  First Summited in the Cherokee County, Alabama, and the Southeast!



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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. WIMPY  |  January 13, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Congratulations and welcome to an elite club,

    Truly and excellent post. I look forward to seeing more.


  • 2. Rick618  |  January 13, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    That’s great! When I first saw the site I thought it was a fun idea. Looks like I might get to find out towrads the end of the month.

  • 3. kd4adc  |  January 16, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Nice writeup, Jamie. I would also add that Flagpole Mountain is unique in that it has no fire tower or cell towers, and that it is accessible via trail open to the public. Many of the summits in North Alabama are on private land. That was a great time; looking forward to more.


  • 4. wayne_etc  |  January 29, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    This is one of the coolest things I’ve ever heard of.
    My wife is questioning my sanity.
    Looking forward to hitting Wade Mtn.

  • 5. john edwards  |  August 9, 2010 at 12:27 pm



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