May 6, 2015
If you do this trail as an out-and-back from Mulberry Gap it'll be right around 10 miles and 2,300 feet of climbing.
As pretty much every review mentions, the trail is steep and the toughest bits are the switchbacks. Even if you shuttle it from Highway 52, you will have to do some climbing.
One of my favorite loops is: Mulberry Gap > Bear Creek > P1 > P2. If I have enough energy, I'll ride P3 as well. I probably skip it half the time, but every time I ride P3 I'm glad that I did.
As a bonus, the view from the Cohutta Overlook at the top is pretty amazing.
Pinhoti 1, Pinhoti 2