Pinhoti Trail East Dugger Mountain to High Point

Piedmont, Alabama

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This trail segment encompasses some of the newer sections of the Pinhoti, as it makes its way north to the end of the national forest and currently the most northerly-located public parking access. Most of the hiking is on ridgetops, broken by descents to valleys, followed by another climb to a ridgeline. Leave a quiet valley at the eastern foot of Dugger Mountain and climb an unnamed mountain, only to drop back to Terrapin Watershed Lake. The northeast end of the ridge becomes a little confusing before the PT drops to Lanie Gap, circles around the east side of Wolf Ridge, and begins an extended descent along the slopes of Rock Quarry Mountain to make Lanie Hollow. Squeeze through the lower portion of Lanie Hollow as it narrows into a tight valley before opening near High Point and the end of the segment on the highway. The ridges on this section are generally rocky, making the going slow. The ups and downs can wear down a heavily loaded backpacker. Water is virtually nonexistent up high—you must plan your watering holes and camping locales more carefully than the previous trail segments. However, this more challenging trek offers increased solitude.
Long Trails of the Southeast

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Long Trails of the Southeast

by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)

This trail segment encompasses some of the newer sections of the Pinhoti, as it makes its way north to the end of the national forest and currently the most northerly-located public parking access. Most of the hiking is on ridgetops, broken by descents to valleys, followed by another climb to a ridgeline. Leave a quiet valley at the eastern foot of Dugger Mountain and climb an unnamed mountain, only to drop back to Terrapin Watershed Lake.

The northeast end of the ridge becomes a little confusing before the PT drops to Lanie Gap, circles around the east side of Wolf Ridge, and begins an extended descent along the slopes of Rock Quarry Mountain to make Lanie Hollow. Squeeze through the lower portion of Lanie Hollow as it narrows into a tight valley before opening near High Point and the end of the segment on the highway. The ridges on this section are generally rocky, making the going slow. The ups and downs can wear down a heavily loaded backpacker. Water is virtually nonexistent up high—you must plan your watering holes and camping locales more carefully than the previous trail segments. However, this more challenging trek offers increased solitude.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Piedmont
Distance: 15.3
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Spring, fall, and winter
Trailhead Elevation: 900 feet
Top Elevation: 1,900 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Pinhoti Trail: East Dugger Mountain to High Point

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May 2018