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Brutal Loop 2

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A highlight reel of some of the most rugged terrain in North Georgia.


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Map Key

34.7

Miles

55.9

KM

60%

Singletrack

3,623' 1,104 m

High

864' 263 m

Low

4,514' 1,376 m

Up

4,517' 1,377 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

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Overview

This ride climbs the classic Pinhoti and Bear Creek trails that are usually descended from the Bear Creek overlook. After ten miles of singletrack, ride some great gravel along the southern edge of the Cohutta Wilderness to bomb down the technical Windy Gap Trail #154 back to some more awesome gravel back to the Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-A-Way for food and beer.

Need to Know

Mulberry Gap has lodging, food, beer, and repair equipment. Day riders are welcome for a small charge ($5 most recently) but that also gives you access to showers and bike wash afterwards. Since the first three trails are commonly descended, start early and be on the lookout for fast descenders. The Windy Gap Trail #154 is an off-road motorcycle trail so be aware. It's not heavily traveled most of the time. Bring water treatment systems or be prepared to carry all the water you'll need.

Description

The ride starts and finishes at the Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-a-Way. From there, you'll ride Pinhoti 2, Pinhoti 1, and Bear Creek Trail mostly uphill (though there are some really fun descents to provide some small reprieves) all the way to the Bear Creek Overlook. Snap a photo of the panoramic views of the westernmost edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, then keep climbing!

After reaching the top of Potato Patch Mountain, you'll turn left and head towards Lake Conasauga - the highest lake in Georgia. This would be a great place to camp if you wanted to do a quick overnight bikepack. After the lake, turn left down the Windy Gap Trail #154. This off-road motorcycle trail starts out very technical and singletrack heavy for the first mile or two. After negotiating all the rock gardens, it becomes more open doubletrack.

Bomb down the rest of the trail to the parking area, proceed straight through, then keep riding downhill on Muskrat Creek Road #218 towards CCC Camp Road. Turn left on the paved road and ride about three miles until the road turns to gravel again. The final five miles are mostly gradual climbing with great scenery along Emery Creek. When the road forks, bear right and head back to the barn at Mulberry Gap for amazing food and beer!

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Photos

That's one big Tree!
May 22, 2013 near Ellijay, GA
Rewarding view after the long climb up the forest service road.
Jul 11, 2016 near Chatsworth, GA
From the trailhead of bear creek we had some fun playing in the snow.
Jan 26, 2015 near Chatsworth, GA
This creek crossing is at the very top of Bear Creek. You may skip the technical singletrack above it by entering the trail at the yellow gate, if you prefer.
May 14, 2014 near Chatsworth, GA
The lowermost portion of the Bear Creek Trail includes several small creek crossings.
May 14, 2014 near Ellijay, GA
Great Overlook to rest the legs for a picture.
May 22, 2013 near Chatsworth, GA

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May 10, 2020
Roel Liekens
33.6mi — 4h 29m
Apr 11, 2020
sarahoh
Apr 20, 2019
Timothy Parrish
Brutal indeed. 20% grade in several places. Climbing elevation is closer to 6000 ft, not 4500. Descending Windy Gap is worth the climb. 34.7mi — 4h 57m
Oct 12, 2018
Rick Haughey
Jul 17, 2018
Larry Justice