Pinhoti Trail: P1 / Bear Creek Pinhoti

4.64 out of 5
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↑ 6,900 ft
↓ 7,000 ft
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
This section of singletrack connects from the Bear Creek trail to Wilderness
Road. Locals commonly refer to it as P1, and it can make a great ride all by
itself. This is classic Pinhoti, so expect some challenging climbs, fast
descents, and luxurious singletrack! Some of the trail lies on a very old
gravel road grade which has reverted back to nature, and some of it lies on
narrow singletrack bench.
-description by Greg Heil
added by ckdakeDoubletrack
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (21)


July 27, 2018
Review: When I rode this as part of the Singletracks Brutal Loop, the initial climb hit our little group of four hard. That said, it was after 2,000 feet of climbing up to Mountaintown. Even without the extra climbing, P1's climb will test your meddle. I only rested once near the top and still have no idea how I only stopped once. Maybe it was the group aspect of the ride. Anyways, that climb will be painful.

The descent off the other side is a worthy reward. The fast, flowing trail interrupted by the occasional root web will have you smiling for miles to come. Lay off the brakes, shift back, and get ready to rip.

Similar Trail: P2

Granny Gear

August 14, 2017
troutin Granny Gear  
Review: Very confused about all the positive reviews. There is a chance I just rode this wrong, but would definitely not put it at the top of any list of best trails in the southeast...or even GA for that matter. Parking at the trailhead, I rode both ways. Both straight up bear creek and dipping off to the right and crossing the stream. Both start with a long climb. Either way was a bit disappointing. If you go straight up bear creek, passing the famous tree, you have a very long accent up singletrack. It's beautiful scenery for sure and was hoping to be rewarded by a killer decent. NOPE! when you get to the top it a very dull ride down an old overgrown service road. I'm not sure why all the positive reviews. If I were to do it again, I would just turn around and ride what I climbed. Definitely many other awesome options in north GA. Now...I did dip off and ride pinhoti 2 and 3. Those were much better with great climbs and decents. For reference, my favorite places to ride are bull/Jake and Chicopee.

Granny Gear

May 19, 2017
RNSqueezy Granny Gear  
Review: Awesome trail with lots of climbing! The view at the Bear Creek trail head makes the miles of climbing up a dirt / stone road all worth it.


September 5, 2015
LeighS68 Singletrack  
Review: Great ride


December 14, 2014
Review: Awesome Ride. If you are in Ellijay or even if your not, head here, hit the lift and get going downhill with this ride. It is a do not miss. Literally, one of the best trails in Georgia. It's remoteness allows you to be out there getting busy all by yourself. Great Ride


June 26, 2014
Peresite70 Singletrack  
Review: Put on your climbing boots, because P1 definitely has that! Has a few fun downs also and is a trail worth riding if your in the area!!


June 16, 2014
Review: Okay, take my review with a grain of salt. Perhaps I was having an off day or had certain expectations. The folks at Cartecay Bike Shop were great with directions and a free map, so it is worth a stop there.

I rode Bear Creek Trail and Loop, Pinhoti 2, and part of Pinhoti 1 or 3; I'm not sure. The area is stunning, and I had gone a couple days after significant rain (this past Saturday). I was surprised how dry it was.

Things were marked, but I didn't see any numbers myself. I was confused as to where I was because there were multiple spots I could've been when the sign simply said Bear Creek Loop or Pinhoti. That may just be me, and I found my way out. :)

I enjoyed the climb up Bear Creek Trail. I found it to be manageable but a nice workout. However, I was a little disappointed after that. I didn't find any single track, and I spent too much time on Forest service road. Maybe I just made a wrong turn, but I don't think so.

I took one Pinhoti Trail but wasn't sure which one. Quite pretty back there. However, it was overgrown with several downed trees too. My arms are all scratched up from riding through brush. I finally found the single track though, so I was determined to stick it out. I finally turned trounce after 2 miles. I was sick of getting off my bike to get past a fallen tree. It really seemed like very few people had been riding through there recently. Bummer, as it would've been stunning if cleared. Def not a beginner ride.

I was sort of disappointed and finally headed back to my car after less than 10 miles. I had planned to get in 20 . I took Pinhoti 2 on my way back, and I'm glad I did. Nice workout for sure. Intermediate single track. I think many would like this section. My personal preference is consistent up and down, so I'm always working. This was up, up, up, then down, down, down.

Soooo, it may have been a different experience if it were a bit more dry, and I hadn't already been sort of let down by my expectations. I say take my review with a grain of salt. I wouldn't mind returning another time. Bear a Creek Trail was a little too wide for me, and I like flowier trails. For reference, Chicopee Woods might be my favorite place to ride.



July 23, 2014
Review: Hey bro...I am pretty sure you got turned around, albeit the signage is not always inherently clear. The way you should have done it based on what you rode was to drive/climb the FS road until the start of the Bear Creek Trail (P1), which is a long fast descent. There is no climbing there at all. Depending on recent weather, you'll cross 1-2 streams, then see a sign for the largest Poplar. After this another larger stream crossing, then a shorter rocky downhill to a sign that should have directed you to the right, which starts a long smooth singletrack climb. If you go left there, it's a short rocky ride back to the FS road. You'll spend several miles climbing and descending on this section, P2, then cross a dirt road to access P3, which has a lot more open forest and a lot of switchbacks on climbs. When you come to a highway, you can continue onto P4, or turn around and head back to that dirt road, take a left, and that will take you to Mulberry Gap after 3-4 miles. Hope this helps. It is very easy to get turned around out there. BTW...I actually climb the Bear Creek P1 section instead of taking the FS road if I don't have a shuttle...I'd rather climb singletrack than road, but then you just turn around and descend what you've ridden.


June 9, 2014
Peresite70 Singletrack  
Review: Great trail system!! I suggest staying at the Mulberry Gap and while staying there, sign up for their meals since they are excellent each day. While riding here we hit Bear Creek into P1 and then P2 and headed back down the gravel road to the Mulberry Gap. Such a super fun sick trail to ride. A lot of fast downs and a lot of grueling ups. In my top 10 trails for sure.


April 8, 2014
nohyphens Gramcounter  
Review: Very technical North GA mountain trail system. Be careful where you're riding because you could easily ride off the edge. Nice switchbacks to build skill and amazing downhill payoff after tough climbs.


August 3, 2012
Review: Awesome trail! Can be done as a loop or shuttle up from bear creek.
If you are riding this trail system, check out mulberry gap, they are a camp ground dedicated to mountain bikers and provide maps and shuttle service as well!

Trails are well maintained, screaming downhills that are a great pay off for the climbs.

Pinhoti Trail: P1 / Bear Creek Pinhoti MTB Trail 4.64 out of 5 based on 21 ratings. 21 user reviews.
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