ElevationAscent: 415' 127 m
Descent: -304' -93 m
High: 929' 283 m
Low: 789' 240 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)
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“A good combination of contouring around hollows and rolling creekside sections.”— Brian Hard
The route as posted is based on a Figure 8 loop. For the purposes of general description, if you're beginning at the northeastern end, the entire "upper" portion is generally 2.5 miles of nice trail following the contours of the hollows in and out of the ridgeside. There are numerous short climbs and descents, often into a rocky stream crossings. The trail surface itself is rockier than most of the trails in this system.
The "lower" section, that is the west half if the topo is not obvious, has a completely different complexion. It tends to be wider, smoother, and the ups and downs are less steep but longer in scale.
As for connections, the two northern ends are separated by 0.2 miles and 100 feet elevation diffference by a portion of forest service road 310, along which co-rides the Pinhoti Trail connecting the Dry Creek complex to onward segments of the Pinhoti continuing around the north end of Johns Mountain. At the southern end of Wheat Trail, there are connections directly onto the East Armuchee trail as well as Forest Service Road 226C which connects 0.4 miles later onto the other end of the East Armuchee trail.
The Wheat Trail is part of the 26+ mile Dry Creek trail complex, a collaborative effort between the mountain biking and equestrian communities. This trail is also commonly known as the "purple" (or blue) trail from the trail map posted at the main parking lot and available on the NW Georgia SORBA website. The trail markings are waist-high slender signs with a color code and the number 239.
Please yield to equestrians, be friendly and note that this area is USFS land open to hunting in the fall and early winter, so exercise appropriate caution. There is a $5 per car per day parking fee for the main parking area at the center of the complex or alternate parking areas including the Pinhoti trailhead at the intersection with East Armuchee Rd.
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Land Manager: USFS - Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest