Sprouts Run – Pine Mountain Trail Loop
10 miles; Strenuous; 20 miles from Roanoke; $1 Carpool Fee
This hike will combine most of the Sprouts Run Trail (approximately 3 miles), a bushwhack from Sprouts Run to the Pine Mountain Trail (unmaintained) and about 1 mile on a gravel road back to the starting point. Pine Mountain is the mountain opposite Wilson Mountain which we usually do as part of a loop when hiking Sprouts Run. In addition to the normal creekside walking on the Sprouts Run Trail, the Pine Mountain Trail is actually a closed Forest Service Road which is grassy in places and wooded in others. It contains some good views of mountains to the east and west and also has about four game ponds built by the Forest Service. The bushwhack portion of this hike entails walking on an old logging road for a little way, then climbing up the mountainside a little way and then hitting a grassy road which will then lead to the Pine Mountain Trail.