Pinhoti Trail: P3

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6.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 900 ft
↓ 600 ft
1,610
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
The P3 section of the Pinhoti runs about 5-6 miles from the Cohutta
Wilderness Overlook on Highway 52 west of Ellijay down to old CCC camp
road. This is a great trail to ride as a shuttle, but can be fun as an out-and-
back as well. This trail features one nice, LONG downhill, a few stiff climbs,
and some gorgeous switchbacks and exposed bench-cut singletrack.

The construction of this section of trail is stellar!
added by Greg HeilWorld Champ
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (11)
 

Granny Gear

April 18, 2017
BartNunley Granny Gear  
 
Review: Rode this trail this weekend with my 11 and 14 year olds. Trail was perfect. It was well marked and perfectly groomed. The steepness freaked the boys out a little, but the quality of the trail made it extremely enjoyable for all 3 of us. Shuttled to the top and bombed down to Bear Creek. Ride as an out and back if you're a glutton for punishment. Shuttle for a great day in the woods!

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Gramcounter

November 11, 2016
kay oh Gramcounter  
 
Review: Expect to suffer. The climbs here are brutal. I had a beautiful ride.

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Bunny Hop

December 9, 2015
dheslep Bunny Hop  
 
Review: I rode this trail as an out and back after 2 rounds on P2 and 1 round on P1. This trail has a tough climb at the beginning and some challenging switch backs mixed in. The return trip was a little faster and more fun. Overall, the switch backs are technically tough but most of the trail is sweet single track. The P1-P3 trails are great.

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Singletrack


May 6, 2015
 
Review: 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.

Similar Trail: Pinhoti 1, Pinhoti 2

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Bunny Hop

May 25, 2014
bw020752 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: OMG great trail, I road up from mulberry gap and man it kicked my butt. I can't wait to come back! Best trail I have ridden in the past year!

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Trailblazer

April 23, 2014
mtndew24 Trailblazer  
 
Review: Awesome!! If you got the legs for it otherwise...not. The grade is good enough to stay on the bike the whole time; its sort of like pinhoti 1 except with switchbacks which is what really gets to you because you are climbing while making a sharp turn. Yet the more I rode this trail the better my cornering skills became. This is also a less traversed trail so it gives you the feeling that you are alone out here as I didn't see anyone else past the entrance. Don't be afraid to ride this after doing p1, p2 and bear creek. Anyways if you get too tired you can always turn your bike around and come screaming down back to the trailhead, but the view at the top of the highway is totally worth making it all the way up.

Similar Trail: Pinhoti 1 with switchbacks

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Trailblazer

September 29, 2013
MTI Trailblazer  
 
Review: Some sadistic person designed this trail. I like to climb. I really do but man did this kill me. Maybe because it was at the end of the day and I was tired but wow! I think the previous reviews called these some stiff climbs? Not! This was some of the steepest singletrack I have been on and Gregg's switchbacks were above my skill level. I managed a couple but they were difficult. The downhills were great but the switchbacks kind of broke up the flow but that is mountain biking. I will make a point to ride this trail first next time.

Similar Trail: Other Pinhonti but this was the most difficult

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Gnarly


September 14, 2013
RJen Gnarly  
 
Review: The previous reviewers nailed it. This is a sweet trail that I prefer riding E to W (downhill switch backs). You can make this a loop ride by parking on Gates Chaple road and riding up 1.5 miles to the Bear Creek trail head. Then the Pinhoti is a short distance up on your left. When the Pinhoti dumps you out on a forest road, you're a short downhill ride to your parked vehicle.

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Bunny Hop

September 5, 2011
 
Review: I started this trail at the bottom just near Mulberry Gap instead of getting dropped of near Highway 52. This was a challenging climb, but rewarding on the way down. I meant to do P2 but did not venture far enough down the FS 18.

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Granny Gear

June 1, 2011
dgjessee Granny Gear  
 
Review: This section of trail is as close as you might get to the buff wilderness rides of Oregon and Colorado on the East Coast. The trail surface is super smooth and rocks/roots are the exception to the rule. You can really get some awesome speed going down from Hwy 52, but be careful - the only technical part of this ride is the super sharp switchbacks. Awesome flow with good exposure and enough woop-di-woops, rocks, and turns to keep it nice and interesting. As opposed to P2, this section has much less doubletrack or the kind of singletrack that is just a defined path on a large defunct road grade. Almost all of P3 is honest singletrack cut into the hillside. The remoteness of the entire trail gives you a really hardcore feeling for even being on it, too.

Similar Trail: Pinhoti 1 and 2

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Pinhoti Trail: P3 MTB Trail 4.91 out of 5 based on 11 ratings. 11 user reviews.
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