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Pinhoti - East Armuchee to Snake Creek Gap

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 4.5 (2)

A nice moderate 14.7 mile section of the Pinhoti trail.


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14.7

Miles

23.7

KM

Point to Point

1,629' 497 m

High

788' 240 m

Low

2,303' 702 m

Up

2,010' 613 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Views

Description

This portion of the Georgia Pinhoti Trail begins at a small trailhead parking lot on East Armuchee Rd. The Strawberry Mt portion lies to the west. The parking area at East Armuchee Rd has room for 3-4 cars and no facilities or fee. It's also possible to take FS 310 and park where it meets the creek.

This is a multiuse trail, so be aware of other users and know right-of-way rules. The trail is cooperatively maintained by NWGA SORBA, the Back Country Horsemen of Northwest Georgia, and the Georgia Pinhoti Trail Association.

The trail is generally very well-marked at all intersections, look for the white blaze with a turkey foot. Therefore, it's generally not necessary to give turn by turn instructions. Combining the map with trail blazes, the path is generally obvious.

The difficulty level depends a lot on the section and while some portions are admittedly easy, there are more challenging sections most commonly attributed to steep climbs or descents. The first 4 miles pass through the Dry Creek trail system where it has connections to Turkey, Dry Creek, Loblolly, and Wheat trails and are a jumble of wide, easy singletrack and doubletrack/abandoned service road. This does include a notable creek crossing at mile 2.3 (which can vary from a few inches deep to waist-high), as well as a climb of several hundred feet just after the creek.

From mile 4 to about 6.5 is all singletrack including an initial climb, with plenty of classic Pinhoti rocks and roots. Then comes a one-mile descent on gravel service road, followed by nothing but singletrack until the end. There is initially a hump over Pine Needle Hill, then a roll through the Pilcher's Pond area, then a high climb and descent over Horn Mountain with a hike along the ridgetop for part of it with wintertime views. The final descent is a little steeper than other sections of trail.

Caution as you cross paved road Ga 136 into the large parking lot.

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Brian Hard

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Ascent to Horn Mountain from Pilcher's Pond / Pocket Road
Aug 11, 2017 near Dalton, GA
The trail along East Armuchee Creek.
Aug 11, 2017 near Trion, GA
Descent from Horn Mountain to Snake Creek Gap Trailhead.
Aug 11, 2017 near Dalton, GA

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