loop ~ jones-pin.

dugger wilderness.


trail data.

Trails Covered ~ Jones Branch Road, Pinhoti Trail

Hike Location ~ South Dugger Wilderness
Hike Direction ~ Clockwise
Hike Distance ~ 5.6 miles
Start / Finish Hike ~ Burns Trailhead
Terrain / Moderate ~ Rocky Sections, Small Climbs, Water Crossings

abbreviations.
CS ~ Convenience Store / Nice Mom and Pop stores ~ x
TT ~ Trail Town / Large enough for McDonald's ~ x
SC ~ Small Campsite / At least one tent site ~ 2.8
LC ~ Large Campsite / At least three tent sites ~ x
TS ~ Trail Shelter / Three sided, open front ~ x
SW ~ Seasonal Water / Needs rain in the past week ~ 0.6 thru 2.8 ~ 8 Spring Crossings
RW ~ Reliable Water / Always available ~ 0.2, 0.6, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1

trail description.
This 5.6 mile clockwise loop begins at the southern boundary of the Dugger Mountain Wilderness at the Burns Trailhead. The loop begins beside the Dugger Wilderness Dedication Plaque at the rear of the parking area. Go left from the plaque along the treeline about 150'. The short connector trail to Jones Branch Road is on the right. Go 2.8 miles to the Jones Branch Road / Pinhoti Trail Intersection and turn right. Follow the Pinhoti Trail south 2.7 miles to the Burns Trailhead Connector Trail and turn right. Go 0.1 miles to the Burns Trailhead.

There are many water crossings along the first half of the hike as you follow Jones Branch up to its source. This is a very popular Spring Wildflower viewing area. The Appalachian Trail Club of Alabama, Alabama Outdoor Association and the Little River Canyon Field School sponsor guided hikes on this loop in early April.

trail marking.

Wilderness Standards do not allow trail blazing in protected areas ~ mile 2.8 thru 5.6.

There are no blazes on Jones Branch Road but the road bed is very well defined ~ mile 0.0 thru 2.8.

time vs distance.
To help you judge the time needed to travel from point A to point B,
consider that the average hiking pace is 2 mph:
60 minutes = 2 miles
30 minutes = 1 mile
15 minutes = 1/2 mile

driving directions.
0.0 ~ BURNS TRAILHEAD
Exit I ~ 20 at US 431, east of Oxford.
Go north 0.3 miles to US 78. Turn right.
Go 3.9 miles to AL 9. Turn left.
Go 10.9 miles to CR 55, at the yellow flashing light. Turn right.
Go 4.2 miles to the trailhead, on the left, at Pink's old log cabin.

trail guide.

0.0 ~ BURNS TRAILHEAD
The loop begins beside the Dugger Wilderness Dedication Plaque at the rear of the 
parking area. Go left from the plaque along the treeline about 150'. The short 
connector trail to Jones Branch Road is on the right. The connector trail may be grown up.
0.1 ~ JONES BRANCH ROAD
Turn right on the road bed. From here up to the Pinhoti Trail Intersection, you are 
walking along the bottom of a gorge formed by the Dugger Mountain Ridge on your 
left and the Red Mountain Ridge on your right.

Dugger Mountain 2140' / 2nd highest mountain in Alabama.

Red Mountain 1510' / #97th highest named summit in Alabama.
0.2 ~ CREEKSIDE ~ RW
0.3 ~ SOUTH HOLLOW (begin)

This is the first narrow passage between Dugger and Red Mountains.
0.4 ~ SOUTH HOLLOW (end)
0.5 ~ NORTH HOLLOW (begin)

This is the second narrow passage between Dugger and Red Mountains.
0.6 ~ CREEK CROSSING ~ RW

FORDING HAZARD: Use extreme caution after heavy rains
There are 4 creek crossings and 8 spring crossings between here and the Pinhoti 
Trail Intersection.
0.7 ~ NORTH HOLLOW (end)
1.2 ~ CREEK CROSSING ~ RW
1.3 ~ CREEK CROSSING ~ RW
2.1 ~ CREEK CROSSING ~ RW
2.8 ~ PINHOTI TRAIL / JONES BRANCH ROAD INTERSECTION ~ LC, SW

Here you will turn right on the Pinhoti and go south along the west side of the Red 
Mountain Ridge. This gap is where northbound Pinhoti Trail hikers make the 
transition from Red Mountain over to Dugger Mountain.
LC, SW ~ Go straight across at the Pinhoti Intersection on Jones Branch Road and 
go downhill for 0.1 miles. There is a good spring that crosses the road with several 
good flat areas nearby.
3.6 ~ DUGGER VIEW
All along through here there are great views on your right of the southern end of 
the Dugger Mountain Ridge.
4.6 ~ GAP CROSSING
At the gap, the trail crosses over to the east side of the Red Mountain Ridge and 
remains there for the rest of the hike.
5.3 ~ ROAD BED CROSSING
The trail goes straight across the road bed.
5.5 ~ BURNS TRAILHEAD CONNECTOR
Turn right here at the Burns Trailhead sign.
5.6 ~ BURNS TRAILHEAD



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