Pinhoti Trail: Snake Creek Gap To Dug Gap

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↑ 4,300 ft
↓ 4,000 ft
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
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About this trail
This is one of the most challenging singetrack sections of the Pinhoti Trail. Mostly singletrack, from the parking lot it goes straight up for about 3 miles. Then a technical ridgeline with some more climging. This is the first 16 miles of the 32 mile "Snake Creek Gap 6 Mountain Time Trial Series" held annually by NWGA SORBA. It's very challenging with total climbing of 2388 feet in 8 miles and total descending of 2732 feet in 8 miles. In this section you will ride over 4 mountains with minim elevation of about 1000 feet and max elevation of about 1800 feet. Be prepared to be on the trail around 3 hours if you are an average rider. Bring more water and gells than you think you need, it's a tough one. Roots, rocks, big rocks, little rocks and roots. I reccommend trying this one with someone who knows the trail first. You can check out NWGA SORBA Forum(, there'ss always peole who are posting rides to the "Snake" and would be glad to take first-timers. You can do this ride as a semi out and back by riding the road back (which makes total ride about 24 miles), you can do this as a shuttle ride back(takes 2 cars obviously), or if you are a bad-a$$, you can ride the actual trail out-and-back for 32 miles of some serious trail riding. Good Luck. You can print a map from this site:
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  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Bunny Hop

January 12, 2019
Greg Wrenn Bunny Hop  
Review: Trail was a blast except it ate my lunch.

Similar Trail: Nothing comparable.

Bunny Hop

April 6, 2016
Review: Rode it as an out-and-back ,started at the Red Roof Inn Dalton. The paved road climb is a great warm-up for what is about to come. Physically very challenging like everyone says lots of rocks, roots and elevation. Plan on around 5 plus hours. Carrie plenty of nutrition and water as you'll need it. There is no opportunity to refuel only a bathroom at the turnaround. my GPS showed about 36 miles round trip. Also don't forget to carry extra tubes, odds of getting a flat high due to rocks. Bottom line is super fun trail if you like to get beat up.


June 25, 2014
theschwag Trailblazer  
Review: Lots of rocks and lots of big roots on the trail. Be prepared to climb alot.


December 10, 2012
brcjacks Trailblazer  
Review: This part of the Pinhito is not like the Armuchee To Snake Creek Gap leg. This one will kick your ass. You better be in shape for this one and not mind walking your bike through about a dozen rock gardens on the ridge. These sections may be ride-able but you will be quite by the time you get to them. Even seasoned racers respect this trail. Bring lots of lightweight food and water.
It's a fun trail and paired with the Armuchee To Snake Creek Gap leg it's an intense workout. When you get to "rock hell" you're almost to the big descent, 1 mile of dirt road and 1 mile of pavement to the convention center parking lot.

Similar Trail: nothing I've riden


December 9, 2012
Review: Rocks, roots and climbing. This section is challenging. Have plenty of water and trail goodies as you are completely isolated out here. Now get out and ride!

Similar Trail: Pisgah NC


April 30, 2012
jkey6 Gnarly  
Review: So there is a lot of climbing. And then you climb some more. I only did about half of this section as an out-and-back for a total of around 15 miles. Took me an hour to get to where I turned around at the top on the ridge and about 20 minutes to get back to the parking lot. There are rock gardens galore which can be pretty discouraging on the way up but quite rewarding when you bomb back down. Physically, this ride is very difficult. The technical parts are moderately difficult. I personally was not a fan of the extensive uphill stretch but maybe after some conditioning it could be more enjoyable.

World Champ

March 12, 2012
Greg Heil World Champ  
Review: This truly is the most difficult XC trail in North Georgia! The top of the ridgeline is an absolute maze of rocks. Most of it is rideable in at least one (if not both) directions, but it takes real talent and control of the bike. I rode this at the end of the 34 mile Snake Creek Gap Time Trial route and it wasn't pretty... I want to come back and try these rock gardens again with a fresh set of legs. If you like rocky, technical singletrack, come ride this trail!

Similar Trail: Pisgah


June 27, 2011
GoKite5 Gramcounter  
Review: Fantastic trail. It has a little bit of everything. The first two miles near Dug Gap are difficult. The trail is full of rocks that present constant moderate technical challenge. Never something extremely difficult, but rock after rock requiring an extremely good line to keep going. Did it as an out and back from Dug Gap, one of the most difficult trails I've done. Loved it.

World Champ

January 31, 2011
Review: Yes, portions of this trail are rocky and difficult to clean on a mountain bike but don't let that deter you! The singletrack leading down to the stream in the middle of the ride is spectacular and most of the climbs aren't too bad. A few sketchy, steeper sections gravity riders will enjoy as well.

Similar Trail: Cheaha State Park in AL.


September 1, 2010
Review: This section of the Pinhoti trail was a real eye opener. 4+ hours for a 17 mile ride and I'm still exhausted a day later. Loose goat heads EVERYWHERE. Nothing about this trail is easy. Even the downhills leave you clenching your teeth and puckering the old rump. I can't imagine the type of sadistic person who would actually enjoy racing out here on a Single Speed. Those of you who do choose to willingly race this place are Gods on bikes! Everyone who consideres themselves to be an avid mtb rider needs to experience this trail at least once.

* Review edited 9/22/2010

Similar Trail: Fort Mountain will put you through the wringer with more aerobic challenge but only a little less technical challenge.

Pinhoti Trail: Snake Creek Gap To Dug Gap MTB Trail 3.95 out of 5 based on 21 ratings. 21 user reviews.
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