Pine Log WMA Loop #2
ElevationAscent: 1,441' 439 m
Descent: -1,437' -438 m
High: 1,899' 579 m
Low: 991' 302 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)
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“A challenging loop with long climbs and steep downhills.”— Thom Cerny
You'll need a GA hunting or fishing license to use the property at any time, even if you're not hunting. Any license or permit can be purchased here.
Unless you are a cardiovascular mutant AND possess world-class climbing/technical skills, be prepared to hike-a-bike. Trying to ride this loop in reverse will greatly increase the probability that you'll be "bike hiking".
Please know your limits. Medical help is a long ways off. Check your GPS or the MTB Project mobile app often, as the trail is not well marked and it's easy to miss a turn, especially in the rock gardens. There's no telling where you might end up if you miss one. Maintenance is minimal. Downed trees regularly fall across the trail. Consider stopping to push some aside (it's a great excuse to catch your breath.)
Head northeast from the parking area up Grassy Hollow Road to Donahue Road. Turn left. Immediately after crossing Stamp Creek, look for the Baby Heads Trail on your right on the back side of the primitive camping area. Baby Heads Trail is a great gauge to determine if riders should continue. If you are at all uncomfortable riding this section, turn back, as it is by far the easiest portion of the ride.
Upon exiting Baby Heads Trail, ride through the campsites and back up to Donahue Road. Make a right turn, ride past the Hanging Mountain Logging Road exit and make a left onto Ridgeline Trail.
Once you turn onto Ridgeline Trail, it's a long, steady climb to the top of Hanging Mountain. An early rock garden will challenge you technically and can make the trail hard to follow. This is good practice for later. Once on the ridge, ride past the Hanging Mountain Eastside Downhill Run (stay on the ridge) to the top of Hanging Mountain and prepare to drop your seatpost. The section from Hanging Mountain down to the Ridgeline Trail - Pine Log Gap Road Downhill is steep and rocky. Turn left onto the Ridgeline Trail - Pine Log Gap Road Downhill and hang on. This section is even more technical than the one you just came down.
The Ridgeline Trail - Pine Log Gap Road Downhill will end in an corn field. Follow the treeline to the left and out to Pine Log Gap Road. Once at Pine Log Gap Road, turn left and take Pine Log Gap Road back to the parking area.
Have fun, and be safe.
Land Manager: Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division - Pine Log WMA