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Pine Mountain (near Cartersville) East and West Loops - Last Minute

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Pine Mountain   Hike: Pine Mountain (near Cartersville) East and West Loops - Last Minute  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Mon, Mar 28 2022  10:00 am >> Mon, Mar 28 2022 12:30 pm
Registration Opens: Sun, Mar 27 2022 2:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Mar 28 2022 8:00 am
Event Duration:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:5.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Holt Ward
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Let’s hike Pine Mountain near Cartersville, doing both the West and East loops.  This hike packs a lot into its 5.5 miles including some very interesting trail and some spectacular views from the summit of Pine Mountain. Our pace will be moderate and we will take our time on the climbs, making sure we are all together at the top.  This is a solid D3 hike with over 1400 feet of elevation gain so it is not recommended for beginner hikers.  

We will start by attacking the West Loop first, doing the loop in a clockwise direction.  This gets the steepest portion of the hike out of the way first including a pass through Fatman's Squeeze.  We will reach the summit of Pine Mountain at an elevation of nearly 1600 feet.  The views of Lake Allatoona and the nearby mountains in the background is spectacular.  After a short break to enjoy the views, we will begin the descent down the East Loop, again hiking the loop in a clockwise direction.  

After reaching the bottom, we will again begin heading up to reach the Pine Mountain summit a second time.  After a quick break at the David Archer overlook, we will begin heading down the remaining portion of the West Loop and the end of our hike.  

This is a Bartow County park so parking is free.     

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How to Get There:
Event Directions:
  • Take I-75 north towards Cartersville
  • Take exit 288, Main Street Cartersville
  • At top of ramp, turn right onto Main Street
  • Proceed approximately 100 yards to end of road and turn right onto Komatsu Drive
  • In approximately 100 yards, the parking lot and trailhead for the West Loop is located on your left.
  • Make sure you park in the parking lot itself as parking along the road and driveway to the parking lot is prohibited.

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