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East Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (3)

A fun loop trail that climbs up toward the Summit Overlook Trail before dropping back.


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Map Key

2.2

Miles

3.5

KM

Singletrack

1,352' 412 m

High

888' 271 m

Low

512' 156 m

Up

499' 152 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

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.

Description

The East Loop is open to bikers to in the counter-clockwise direction on Wednesdays, clockwise direction on Saturdays, and closed to bikers on all other days. The trail is on the steeper side and gets most of its difficulty rating due to some challenging switchbacks found along the climb. Many riders will need to dismount on the way up.

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 to enjoy some great views.

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

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Shared By:

Matt Newman

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 3 votes

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  4.0 from 3 votes
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#179

in Georgia

#9,220

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Pine Mountain eastside downhill
Jul 25, 2018 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
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
Entrance to the trail. Hang a right after this sign to get on the East Loop. It'll be bidirectional for 200-300 feet, then it will split again.
Jun 29, 2017 near Emerson, GA
The tight, step-up-style switchbacks continue throughout the loop.
Jun 29, 2017 near Emerson, GA

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