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greenBlue Pine Mountain Trail

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2.1 mile 3.3 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 135' 41 m
Descent: -565' -172 m
High: 5,395' 1,644 m
Low: 4,960' 1,512 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Trail shared by Thomas Birch

A former Appalachian Trail route over Pine Mountain.

Thomas Birch

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This is the former Appalachian Trail (AT) route over Pine Mountain. This blue blazed trail connects the Appalachian Trail at Rhododendron Gap back to itself at Pine Mountain allowing for long distance loop hikes.

The trail begins at Rhododendron Gap. There is a major trail junction here with the Crest Trail and the Appalachian Trail (AT). The Pine Mountain Trail exits to the north of the clearing at the trail junction just to the right of the large boulder where there on a singletrack path. The trail enters a large catawba rhododendron heath and winds through it for 0.4 miles before emerging back onto the balds of Pine Mountain.

The trail then continues through mixed clearings and patches of spruce-fir forest and rhododendrons. At 1.1 miles a trail junction with the Lewis Fork Trail is reached. There are fine views to be seen to the south of this trail junction. The trail enters a mixed deciduous forest for the remainder of the hike until the trail junction with the Appalachian Trail (AT) is reached.

Flora & Fauna

Catawba rhododendron. Wild ponies.

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May 20, 2018
Gus Green
Aug 4, 2017
Donovan Fitzgerald
A better alternative to the Crest Trail. Hiking through fields of Rhododendrons and a rock outcropping to climb for fantastic views. 2.1mi
May 15, 2016
Tom Sunderhaus
Looped from massie on AT towards Thomas knobb, across back to AT and out to massie 12mi

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