Pinhoti Trail Coleman Lake to East Dugger Mountain

Piedmont, Alabama

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This trail segment features the federally designated Dugger Mountain Wilderness. The path begins innocently enough in low pine hills before dropping into the attractive upper Choccolocco Creek watershed. The walking remains easy as the PT passes Choccolocco Lake. Then things change. Enter the Dugger Mountain Wilderness and ascend Red Mountain. Great views await of Dugger Mountain and the Jones Branch watershed. Keep climbing to reach the crest of Dugger Mountain, Alabama’s second highest peak. Plenty of views open up among the trees and rocks. Descend off the mountain to reach a quiet stream, now in the Terrapin Creek watershed, and reach the road. Dugger Mountain was named for Thomas Dugger, a Civil War veteran who moved here from Tennessee, and homesteaded at the foot of the mountain. The mountain was later purchased by the Forest Service, which managed Dugger Mountain as a wilderness study area. Finally, in late 1999, Congress declared the 9,200-acre area a federally designated wilderness.

Pinhoti Trail: Coleman Lake to East Dugger Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"This trail segment features the federally designated Dugger Mountain Wilderness. The path begins innocently enough in low pine hills before dropping into the attractive upper Choccolocco Creek watershed. The walking remains easy as the PT passes Choccolocco Lake. Then things change. Enter the Dugger Mountain Wilderness and ascend Red Mountain. Great views await of Dugger Mountain and the Jones Branch watershed. Keep climbing to reach the crest of Dugger Mountain, Alabama’s second highest peak.

Plenty of views open up among the trees and rocks. Descend off the mountain to reach a quiet stream, now in the Terrapin Creek watershed, and reach the road. Dugger Mountain was named for Thomas Dugger, a Civil War veteran who moved here from Tennessee, and homesteaded at the foot of the mountain. The mountain was later purchased by the Forest Service, which managed Dugger Mountain as a wilderness study area. Finally, in late 1999, Congress declared the 9,200-acre area a federally designated wilderness."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Piedmont
Distance: 15.3
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Spring, fall, and winter
Trailhead Elevation: 1,200 feet
Top Elevation: 2,000 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Pinhoti Trail: Coleman Lake to East Dugger Mountain

Recent Trail Reviews

5/10/2016
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5/5/2016
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We hiked from the trail head on North FS500, near Piedmont and hiked up and over Dugger Mountain. The wilderness area has seen some serious loss of trees and you have to climb over, under and go around many of them. We lost the trail, while dealing with all these fallen trees but thankfully the only hiker we saw that day was there with a GPS unit and found the trail going in the opposite direction from where we we searching. Thank goodness for the lone hiker...his help was and is greatly appreciated. It is a moderate but intense climb and the few views that we got through the canopy was spectacular. We spent the night at the Choccolocco shelter and hiked to Coleman the next day. The total miles is between 15 and 17 miles. A good two day backpacking trip.


10/16/2009
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Trail well marked but some sections prior to FS 540 needs some trail maintenance. Overall a great trip from FS 540 to East Dugger. There is alot of stream crossings and some rugged terrain. There is an undocumented shelter located at Chocolocco Lake which was a great surprise! It is not shown on the trail.com map



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