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blueBlack Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail: Highland Section

Trail

16.4 mile 26.4 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 3,370' 1,027 m
Descent: -3,607' -1,100 m
High: 3,298' 1,005 m
Low: 2,364' 721 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)

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A portion of the Pine Mountain Trail, with scenic mountain top views and beautiful forest.

April French

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife

Description

From the southern trailhead, cross 119 and enter into the forest. You'll start your outing by heading up a steep stair case. Watch your step, as the stairs are uneven in height. This is the steepest climb of the day; however, it is not the last hard climb.

Once in the forest, the trail is clearly marked with bright yellow blazes. The terrain through the rest of the trail is rolling, with some smaller climbs and descents along the way. There are lots of opportunities for breaks at scenic overlooks. One of the most notable, the Lemon Squeeze is a bit of a tight fit, but you can ride your pack over the ledge and slide right through.

You'll follow along a number of shared ATV paths along the way and pass through a number of well marked gaps. The southern half had plenty of water available, but contrary to maps of the trail, we couldn't find any water available in the northern half, so be sure to fill up when you can!

Flora & Fauna

The trail travels through a forested mountain area, and there was plenty of evidence of bear activity, so beware!

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Mar 30, 2019
Ryan Moore
6mi
Apr 1, 2018
Melissa West
I went from the trailhead at US23 and back again as a backpacking trip. http://melissa.hiddenmoonfarm.com/?p=229 29mi
Jul 21, 2017
Scott Reedy
Sep 3, 2016
April French
16.5mi

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