Pinhoti Trail: Pilchers Pond to Snake Creek Gap

HARD 4 reviews

Pinhoti Trail: Pilchers Pond to Snake Creek Gap is a 11.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near La Fayette, Georgia that features a lake. The trail is rated as difficult offers a number of activity options. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
11.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,840 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

forest

lake

views

wildlife

3 months ago

This can be an in and out or a section
hike from Pilchers Pond to Snake Creek Gap.
This is not a trail with waterfalls or impressive hemlocks or one that draws crowds.
It is a trail the takes you through a beautiful hardwood forest, a grove of pines, over a several creeks, through a clearing, past a pond with a large beaver family, up Horn mountain, along the crest of the mountain revealing impressive views and through a sizeable granite boulder field. During the spring the wildflowers are abundant. It is a wonderful and very peaceful trail to hike.
One of my favorites. Fortunately I live 10 minutes away.
I would not rate this as difficult. It is moderate only because of the climb up the mountain.

trail running
4 months ago

This can be an out-and-back from either Pocket Road or Snake Creek Gap. From Pocket Road the trail is short rollers until the ascend up Horn Mountain for approx a mile. Once on the ridgeline, it's possible to catch a winter view of John's Mountain. There's exposed rock and loose scree mixed with roots in some segments but very runnable/hikeable. Overall a decent Pinhoti segment but not as scenic as John's Mountain or the North Pinhoti segment.

hiking
1 month ago