Jake Mountain Loop Trail

MODERATE 29 reviews

Jake Mountain Loop Trail is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dahlonega, Georgia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1318 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

Directions from Dahlonega: Take GA Hwy. 52 west for 8.5 miles to Grizzle Store. Turn right onto Nimblewell Road and continue for 2 miles. Turn right onto Forest Service Road 28-1 and follow signs for the Bull Mountain parking area on Forest Service Road 83.

mountain biking
1 month ago

The trailhead location is accurate on this site and easy to find. It has a detailed map, parking and even a porta-potty.

The trails have a good mix of downhill sections, climbs and flowy single track. There is probably 50miles of riding out there.

I like to think I'm in good shape but haven't been on my bike in a long time. Even riding a heavier bike (trek remedy 8) I was able to ride continuously and had a good time.

I will definitely return and met some locals who say they ride there nearly every weekend without getting bored of it.

hiking
1 month ago

Great Autumn hike. The Jake Mountain Trail Loop has moderate downhills and uphills. Nothing too strenuous. We encounters two Jones Creeks crossings, One was mid shin (we removed our hiking boots to cross) and the other we used rocks to cross.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

quiet beautiful trail.

mountain biking
6 months ago

mountain biking
6 months ago

Trail well maintained overall. Had 2 spots where there were downed trees that required carrying the bikes over. Both looked quite newly fallen.
It's not as technical from a root and bump perspective as what we have in south Florida, but it's much more challenging in the cardio aspect. Definitely a lot of climbing, so if you're not in top shape, you'll likely be pushing the bikes up the hill at some points like we did. However, the downhills were awesome.
The second creek crossing (going clockwise) is quite deep, so unless you plan to carry the bike, be sure to switch into a real granny gear to get through and climb out other side.
If you're not familiar with this trail system, be sure to look at the maps for the corresponding letters to the route you want. We didn't do so, resulting in a roughly 1 mile detour onto the Beaver Pond trail before we realized and had to back track.
Overall a great trail that was a lot of fun.

hiking
6 months ago

mountain biking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

backpacking
9 months ago

9 months ago

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

Not too strenuous. Did not see much wildlife but evidence of bears everywhere--watch your step!

Thursday, September 01, 2016

hiking
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Friday, January 08, 2016

trail running
Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Trail Run: ran in clockwise direction - very nice trail, well maintained. Has some good elevation changes (ups & downs), generally less strenuous than Bull Mountain climbs. 2 wide creek crossings, didn't see a way to keep from getting wet, but only knee deep. Will definitely do this trail again. Makes me want to get back up there for some mtb'ing.

Two things to note about the trail: 1. Alltrails lists it as 7.6 miles, it is actually 10 - when following the Orange blazes. 2. The location of the trailhead is way off in the map on Alltrails. It is not located on Black Mountain Rd, it is off 52 on Nimblewill Church Rd - just west of Dahlonega.

trail running
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Great mountain trail! Ran in fall, covered with leaves but had a blast. Started on Bare Hare in counterclockwise direction, connected to Bull Mtn trail about half way around. Be ready for climbing, elevation profile is basically uphill 6 miles, then downhill 6 miles. Has a bit of everything, rocks, roots, single track, FS road, and several creeks. Now to try Jake...

hiking
Wednesday, November 18, 2015