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Pine Mountain Overlook Loop

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A great workout up to the summit, followed by a fast descent.


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2.7

Miles

4.4

KM

100%

Singletrack

1,545' 471 m

High

886' 270 m

Low

713' 217 m

Up

713' 217 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

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Bikes are only allowed on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and only on the the East Loop and the Summit Overlook Trail that's accessed from the East Loop. The West Loop is foot traffic only, no bikes allowed.

Overview

A Wednesday or Saturday only tour on some of the steepest trails near Atlanta that lead to a great view from the Summit Overlook. Although steep, this route is fairly short which makes it a great a cardio challenge without committing for a full day.

Need to Know

  • Wednesday: go counter-clockwise (CCW) or "to the right."
  • Saturday: go clockwise (CW) or "to the left."
  • Other days: no biker access.

Description

The difficulty rating given is primarily due to the steep climbing and certain switchbacks that most riders will need to dismount for in the uphill direction as mapped.

In the CCW direction, you'll go through a few minor, undulating ups and downs to reach a small rocky creek crossing before beginning the climb to the top. In the CW direction, you'll pretty much just be climbing from the start.

In either direction you'll have the option to go to the Summit Overlook when you near the top. The little extra bit of climbing is well worth the great views! From the overlook, on the clearest of days, you can see some of the Atlanta skyline 35 miles southeast of here (as the crow flies).

It seems that the trail was originally designed for hiking, so it has some very tight and rather technical switchbacks on the way up, and these makes for some brake-grabbing on the way down. But in between the switchbacks and turns, you can build some serious downhill speed.

It's a great, relatively quick workout that's lap-able. You can also combine it with the Pine Mountain Connector Trail and ride down to the Cooper's Furnace Trail area for some variety and extra mileage.

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Matt Newman

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Pine Mountain eastside downhill
Jul 25, 2018 near Emerson, GA
Part of what is a panoramic view at the Summit Overlook. Lake Allatoona down below.
Sep 28, 2016 near Emerson, GA
This is just a few hundred feet after the trail entrance and is where the Wed/Sat directional split for bikes comes into play. On Wed, go right. On Sat, go left.
Jun 29, 2017 near Emerson, GA
One of the many switchbacks you'll encounter on the East Loop.
Jun 29, 2017 near Emerson, GA
Panorama from the overlook on an overcast day. Lake Allatoona is on the left. The city of Cartersville on the right, and Kennesaw Mountain can often be seen off to the middle left.
Jun 29, 2017 near Emerson, GA
On your way up to the overlook, the views begin to open up more and you'll pass this stone pile.
Jun 29, 2017 near Emerson, GA

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