Bear Creek -> Pinhoti 1 -> Pinhoti 2

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An epic ride on some of the best singletrack North Georgia has to offer.

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
34 km
Ascent
1.1 km
Descent
1.1 km
Duration
3-4 hrs
Low Point
465 m
High Point
869 m
Gradient
Bear Creek -> Pinhoti 1 -> Pinhoti 2 Map

Bear Creek is one of the original, iconic North Georgia mountain bike rides. This old school singletrack trail meanders along the banks of a rushing mountain stream beneath a deep forest canopy.

Description

If riding Bear Creek alone isn’t enough, adding in the Pinhoti 1 and 2 sections (known as P1 and P2) will turn this ride into a much longer and more epic adventure in the North Georgia mountains.

After grinding up Potato Patch Road from Mulberry Gap, the ride starts getting fun at the top of the Bear Creek descent. The rock gardens, roots, and baby heads on Bear Creek aren’t too difficult at slow speeds, but the obstacles progressively harder as your rate of descending increases.

Along with the chunk are numerous water bars for drainage, which provide excellent opportunities for catching some serious air! Ride heads up for other trail users and oncoming trail traffic, but if you have the singletrack all to yourself, this all-out downhill rip is a shot of adrenaline to the veins!

Before finishing the entire Bear Creek trail, look for the right turn onto the Pinhoti Trail. The Pinhoti has been around for some time but isn’t quite as old school as Bear Creek, meaning the singletrack here is generally narrower and better-built, making for absolutely superb mountain biking! The descents are flowy and smooth overall on well-benched trails.

Advanced riders can descend the Pinhoti trail at vision-blurring speeds—just stay alert for regular sharp switchbacks (which obviously weren’t built with mountain bikers in mind) and other trails users.

Once back at Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Getaway, be sure to enjoy one of their delicious home cooked meals and a cold brew as you reflect on your epic North Georgia mountain bike excursion!

Difficulty

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Flow
  • Technical
  • Road sections
  • Roots
  • Rock Gardens

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