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Pinhoti Trail: Burns Traihead to Coleman Lake

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Dugger Mountain Wilderness

Pinhoti Trail: Burns Traihead to Coleman Lake is a 10.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Fruithurst, Alabama that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 10.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,148 feet Route Type: Point to Point




nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers

1 month ago

I started at the trail head with intentions of hiking to Coleman lake but didn't make it all the way covered just over 6.5 miles. I must say there's ample opportunities for water along the first half of the trail and the trail head end is more visually interesting than the portion more toward Coleman Lake. Which I've hiked from the south end toward Coleman Lake last season. There are numerous trees down some across the trail. I think once for this trail is enough. Oh yea, there is a lot of traffic on this trail which I was on a Saturday. Enjoy.......

Few blow downs.

over grown
7 months ago

Great section of trail! Parts of it were pretty grown up and several large blow downs but it was nothing unmanageable. Maintainers are aware this section needs a little work and getting to it as soon as they can so it should be cleared up soon. It was still great hiking through there! We haven’t had much rain recently but there was plenty of water in most of the creeks we crossed so no real worries about water. Definitely recommend this section!

Burns TH to Choccolocco shelter. Bit over grown in spots. Some water in small stream. Frost will help with the overgrowth. This 1.8 miles out to the shelter is fairly easy with some small ascents.

Sun Oct 21 2018

Had a fabulous overnight out on this section of trail. Stayed at the shelter there by the dam. Beautiful area!

Fri Mar 02 2018

Did this section from North to South (actually started at FS500 Trailhead and worked my way through Duggar Wilderness to Burns Trailhead and then continued on). The Choccolocco shelter is in the SE corner of the man made lake, which for some reason is not shown on the map. I stayed there for the night and then continued on the next morning. While lacking in dramatic cliff overlooks this section of trail is actually quite pretty. The Pinhoti trail along this section offers a broad range of forrest and vegetation as well as a prolonged parallel to a beautiful stream. There is little cell service at the Coleman Trailhead so probably best to prearrange point to point pickup. For more details, including a mile to mile reference guide, then please did see:

Fri Oct 19 2018

Sat Mar 16 2013