Dugger Mountain via Pinhoti Trail

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Dugger Mountain via Pinhoti Trail is a 8.3 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Piedmont, Alabama that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1430 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

backpacking

hiking

trail running

forest

views

backpacking
3 days ago

Great Hike...I also hiked on and crossed Oakey Mtn. Solo 3/2. Both Dugger and Oakey are good tests. Not for everyone. I tent camped. However both Dugger and Oakey shelters are nice and located at a water source. Trail was in good shape. Easy to follow (even in the snow). There were blowdowns but not too many. It snowed hard during my hike so I would expect to see more trees down. This hike is a great example of hidden treasures to be found in the Great State of Alabama. I will definitely do this hike again. Fabulous views. I saw one person in 3 days who, by the way, was hiking all the way to Flagg Mtn.

20 days ago

Hard! Lots of blowdowns! Lots of solitude, seen no-one today.

backpacking
1 month ago

Trail in horrible shape.. Trail hard to find in places.... But decent challenge

backpacking
7 months ago

This is also known as Section 11 of the Pinhoti Trail. I did the trail from North to South ...and the climb out was a doozy - but this enabled a relative downhill hike to the Burns Trailhead. Note that there is very little reliable water outside of the trailhead, so you will have to pack it in if it had not rained within the last day or two.

Google Maps has the northern trailhead as: North FS500 Trailhead Pinhoti Trail, Creek 500, Piedmont, AL. There is parking for 4 to 5 cars there.

8 months ago

Hiked this trail a couple of years ago. Strenuous for sure. We also saw a rattlesnake on the trail like another poster below, so be aware of those guys. FYI, Google Maps recognizes Burns Trailhead and can give directions.

9 months ago

I could not find the trail head. Does anyone have any specific details? We used the directions link but never found it.

hiking
Sunday, August 23, 2015

Parked at burns trail head, clear signage and trail. Only a few bushy areas. Hiked out a little over 3.5 mi and back. Considered this portion only slightly difficult. Ran across rattle snake sunning on trail on way back to considerable effort to scare him off. Good hike beautiful scenery. Plan on finishing whole trail soon.

hiking
Thursday, April 30, 2015

JONES BRANCH LOOP HIKE
EVERYTHING HERE: (COPY & PASTE LINK INTO URL ADDRESS BOX)
https://www.facebook.com/NALOutdoorsRecreation/photos/a.228444860571531.54372.166636590085692/739183289497683/?type=3&theater

a small LOOP HIKE can add 2.8 to 5.6 miles to get to 10 for BSA HIKING MB
or just do the loop by itself for the BSA 2nd class hike requirement.

AL Dugger Mtn Wilderness South Loop: Jones Branch / Pinhoti Trail
@ PINHOTI TRAIL ALLIANCE snailtrail page by Hugh T. Hickman
http://www.pinhotitrailalliance.org/loop---jones-pin..html

hiking
Thursday, April 30, 2015

(CONTINUED FROM BELOW)


PINHOTI SECTION 11 TRAIL DATA
AL Pinhoti Trail Section 11 e-trail page by Hugh T. Hickman (HIGHLIGHT & PRINT SELECTION 11 to get HIKE - Section 11 is 8.8 miles
http://www.pinhotitrailalliance.org/al-pocket-guides..html

hiking
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Dugger Mountain GPS coordinates: N33.83788° W85.64607°

WARNING: TRAIL BLAZES REMOVED WINTER-SPRING 2015
PAY ATTENTION & WATCH FOR SHARP TURNS & SWITCHBACKS
NO MORE MARKINGS ACROSS ROCKY AREAS & BOULDER FIELDS

ATTN: Starting 19 Feb 2015, the trail blazes may now be gone! The Forest Service is going to be removing the blazing from the Pinhoti Trail sections that cross through both Dugger Mountain and Cheaha Wilderness Areas, per its email to the PTA Feb 19 - scroll down to see the FS email here:
http://www.pinhotitrailalliance.org/turkey-track-~-2-19.html
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Cheaha and Dugger Wilderness Facebook Group - Kim Waites, Admin.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cheahaandduggerwilderness/

Dugger Mtn is the 2nd highest peak in AL with an elevation of 2,140
http://listsofjohn.com/PeakStats/search.php?Elev=2&State=AL&r=y

CONTACT:
located in the Talladega National Forest, Shoal Creek Ranger District,
45 HWY 281, HEFLIN, AL 36264 - Ph: 256-463-2272

ICE: Shoal Creek Ranger Station 256-463-2272

About: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dugger_Mountain_Wilderness

USGS LOCATION / MAP DATA
http://geonames.usgs.gov/apex/f?p=gnispq:3:0::NO::P3_FID:2035109

@ Wilderness.net
http://www.wilderness.net/index.cfm?fuse=NWPS&sec=wildView&WID=166&tab=General

WILDERNESS AREA PROHIBITIONS & REGULATIONS
http://www.wilderness.net/NWPS/wildView?WID=166&tab=Area%20Management#regs

7 Principles of "LEAVE NO TRACE" (LNT) OUTDOOR ETHICS
https://lnt.org/learn/7-principles

DESCRIPTION
Dugger Mtn Wilderness by M Lee Van Horn (2000) Last Updated: April 2003
http://www.alabamatrail.org/hikingAL/Cross/DuggerMt/DuggerMt.htm

USDA National Forest Service Overview @ Recreation.gov
http://www.recreation.gov/recAreaDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&recAreaId=13009&agencyCode=131

area MAP: Dugger Mtn Wilderness Area by M Lee Van Horn
The advatage of this particular map is for DRIVING to the traiheads, as it clearly shows all theCounty Roads AROUND the wilderness area.
http://www.alabamatrail.org/hikingAL/Cross/DuggerMt/DMap.htm

an ELEVATION Profile
Please note that this profile is vertically exaggerated, since the horizontal scale is calibrated in miles and the vertical scale in feet.
https://www.facebook.com/download/1514483002132719/Dugger%20Profile.jpg

Free color TOPO MAP
https://www.facebook.com/download/557250571075185/Dugger%20Pinhoti%20Topo.jpg

Alabama's 3rd National Wilderness Area is also Section 11 of the PINHOTI National Trail.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS from N AL:
US 278 E to Piedmont;
Right/South on AL 9;
10.2 mi to Flashing Yellow caution light (past mile marker 241);
LEFT / EAST on (SIGN:) "RabbitTown Road"
(its "RabbitTown Road" in Calhoun Co; becomes CoRd 55 later in Cleburne Co);
4 miles to Burns Trailhead on left. Park close to trees. -

Park at the BURNS Trailhead to start a day hike thru the Dugger Mtn Wilderness Area.

Shuttle a vehicle to the Northern terminus of Pinhoti Section 11 at FS 500 Trailhead.

Driving Directions to FS 500 Trailhead from the Burns Trailhead:
Go 4.6 miles EAST on RabbitTown Rd / Cleburne CoRd 55 to FS 500 (Forest Service Rd 500); Turn LEFT / NORTH on FS 500. The PTS site says, "There is a black mailbox on the right at this turn with the address-20346." But I never saw any mailbox. The most visible landmark is a large barren section of land that has been logged - clean cut - on the left / north side of RabbotTown Rd just before the gravel FS500 road (There is NO SIGN designating it, so BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR ODOMETER BEFORE LEAVING THE BURNS TRAILHEAD & COUNT 4.6 MILES TO THIS GRAVEL ROAD AFTER THE LOGGED AREA.

After the left turn onto the gravel road you must simply trust to be FS500,
Go 2.0 miles to the North FS 500 Trailhead parking area, a small pull off on the left.
Its easy to miss - watch for a creek going under the road just before the pull-off. If you find yourself going uphill after the creek crosing, you've missed it. There used to be a sign, but its hardly noticable - you won't see it till you'vealready parked, but that will be confirmation if its still there.

If you start at this north / east end, hiking to the Burns Trailhead, after about a quarter mile on the trail, which crosses that creek several times, you will be hiking uphill, gaining about 1100 feet of elevation over about the next mile & a half (this is the steep end of Section 11).
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Please note the the driving direction's on the page linked BELOW are coming from the SOUTH & EAST. If coming from the North & West, use the directions earlier ABOVE.
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PINHOTI SECTION 11 TRAIL DATA
AL Pinhoti Trail Section 11 e-trail page by Hugh T. Hickman (HIGHLIGHT & PRINT SELECTION 11 to get HIKE - Section 11 is 8.8 miles
http://www.pinhotitrailalliance.org/al-pocket-guides..html

hiking
Thursday, September 06, 2012

This is a beautiful hike, steep trails. I rate it difficult for sure. There are two shelters on the Pinhoti trail which goes over Dugger mountain, the Dugger Mountain shelter and Oakley Mountain shelter. They are about 7 miles apart. I recommend starting at Pinkey Burns Trailhead, stay the first night at Dugger mountain shelter (the only water source is 1/10th mile from the shelter) and you can do another 7 to the Oakley Mountain shelter or hike on another two miles to Chief Ladaga bicycle trail where we left our exit vechicle. We try not to backtrack.

7 months ago