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Pine Mountain Trail

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A former Appalachian Trail route over Pine Mountain.


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Map Key

2.1

Miles

3.3

KM

Point to Point

5,395' 1,644 m

High

4,960' 1,512 m

Low

135' 41 m

Up

565' 172 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

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Description

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Thomas Birch

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Photos

The view from the summit.
Sep 30, 2015 near Adwolf, VA
Look back down the AT into the great open wilderness of the Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area.
Jul 3, 2017 near Adwolf, VA
Cute!
Jan 25, 2016 near Adwolf, VA
AT trail just before the scales.
Apr 5, 2018 near Marion, VA

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Jul 27, 2019
Stacy Smith
Great views, had a nice breeze making this a great hike.
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