Pine Mountain Trail - West and East
ElevationAscent: 1,243' 379 m
Descent: -1,244' -379 m
High: 1,545' 471 m
Low: 907' 276 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)
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“Hike one or both trails with parking at each end, and a beautiful view from Archer Overlook.”— Don Coltrane
The West Loop is approx. 1.75 miles, and the East Loop is approx. 2.5 miles. It is an additional 0.4 miles to and from Archer Overlook. Both sides begin with about 800' of elevation and Archer Overlook is about 1400'.
There is about as much uphill as downhill since both trails meet at the high point. The maximum slope is 20 deg. and the minimum slope is -17 deg.
This is a perfect hike for a new hiker getting into shape or an experienced hiker with just a few hours of free time who is looking for a nearby hike. My wife is not a hiker (I begged her), and I am just coming back from foot surgery, but we still spent less than 2.5 hours on the trail. It made for a great morning.
At the top of the ridge (~0.75 miles), we took the side trail to Archer Overlook. This is a rocky area with a great view of Lake Alatoona on one side, and the town of Euharlee on the other side. It is a good place to visit, catch your breath and decide if you want to return or hike the East Loop. We chose to hike the East Loop also, so we set off after a short break.
On the approach trail to the East Loop, we went by a small Indian mound, and what must have been a very old hardwood tree. We stopped for some pictures as they were both interesting sights.
When we intersected the East Loop, we went to the right (counterclockwise) as that is the shortest, and therefore the steepest part of the East Trail.
We went about one mile to the East parking lot (which has room for about 10 vehicles) so my map would be complete. Then we started back up the other side of the East Loop. There are a couple of wooden bridges on this part of the trail, as there are several small creeks on this side.
At the top of this trail, we intersected the approach trail between East and West Trails and returned to the parking lot for the trip home.
As I said earlier, my wife is not a hiker, but this trail was not too hard for her, and I hope to be able to take her on another outing soon. It was a beautiful day for a hike, and with the leaves off the trees, there was a little more view than is usual in the summer.
Give these trails a try. You won't be disappointed.
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