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Devils Racetrack aka. Wade Mountain

Average Rating:    (3.7 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

single track. clime to top of mountain. some rocky spots. has some rest benches. nice loop at the top of the mountain. short but very smooth. great view
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Latitude
34.80956
Longitude
-86.5911
Trail Directions
from huntsville alabama go north on 431/231. turn left on spragins hollow road nw. follow sign to wade mountain turn right on hollow road nw. follow road to parking lot on right (about 1 mile)
Trail Length
3 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Huntsville
   


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Review Date
May 23, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: nafaught ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Some friends and I rode this trail over the weekend and had a blast. All of us are in pretty good aerobic shape so it was a decent workout for us.
Going up the mountain has some pretty technical spots where you can come off the bike easily. Lots of big slick rocks and the trail can be tricky going up the mtn. Going up the mountain to the devil's racetrack is around 1-1.5 miles and then you can go around that track which is fairly flat and enjoyable for basically any rider. If you choose to not stop at the devil's racetrack you can keep going up the mountain, which is basically alot of the same type of obstacles and trails you will have encountered to this point. Going down the mountain is a walk in the park, just maintain good speed control and make smart choices of what to try and what not to try :-)

We spent about 3 hours just having fun and riding. We will definitely be going back to the trail soon.

Recommended Route:
Going up the mountain is all about the same. A couple of variations of the path exist but they are pretty apparent which is the more difficult path once it presents itself.
The devil's racetrack is a loop at the top of the mountain and it is fairly flat and fun to ride. Any riders could go around the racetrack.
Coming down the mountain is quick and fun. Maintain speed control and make sure to avoid some big drop off's...unless you like that.



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Review Date
April 23, 2004

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: rob_co2 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The trail head was in the middle of nowhere, but not that hard to find. There were no maps of the trails, only a vague description which really didn't help me much. However, once on the trails, they were marked well with little square signs on trees, so you always know what trail you are on, but not where it goes.
The Devils race track trail starts from the trail head and goes up about 1.5 - 2 miles, makes a short (aprox 1/8 mile) loop at the top and then you take it back down. Its a descent trail, kinda challenging to climb with all of the rocks but fun to come down.
On the way up there are 2 trails that branch off to the left (Rockwall and something else). On the way back down I took the first right and followed that trail for maybe 25 mins. It starts with a lot of extremely slow and difficult rocks to climb, almost like climbing stairs in some places. If you can ride up this without stopping, your part goat. Finally you get to the top and start going down where its basically the same thing, lots of big rocks to go off and manuver around, still extremely slow and difficult. It sounds like a fun challenge, but overall this trail was so incredibly slow it just took the funout of it. This would be good if you want skills training or trials practice, but I was looking for more of a fun trail while on vacation so I wasn't that pleased with it. That trail finally came to another 2 way trail, I took a right it, which brought me back to Rockwall trail and a left on it took me back to devils race track. I would have had more fun coming back down all of DRT but that would have made a really short ride.
Oh yeah, there were quite a few hikers out that day, and I noticed some horse tracks on some of the other trails, so be careful.



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Review Date
May 4, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mark Meadows , from Toney

Summary:
A pretty good trail with people who are intermediate at biking. I only got to the 1 mile point, but it just keeps going. I hate the Devil's Racetrack though, because some people have know to get lost in that area because it is round in shape. When you approach the 1 mile point, there will a whole lot of rocks going uphill and is kind of hard for beginners. When you get in the parking lot, just study the map good or else you maybe end up lost. Happy trail Riding! Mark

Recommended Route:
Just keep your speed at a minimum at the downhill areas with a few rocks or else you will get hurt. The fastest I went was about 13 mph, but I was careful.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None that I think of.



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Review Date
May 4, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mark Meadows , from Toney

Summary:
A pretty good trail with people who are intermediate at biking. I only got to the 1 mile point, but it just keeps going. I the Devil's Racetrack though, because some people have know to get lost in that area because it is round in shape. When you approach the 1 mile point, there will a whole lot of rocks going uphill and is kind of hard for beginners. When you get in the parking lot, just study the map good or else you maybe end up lost. Happy trail Riding! Mark

Recommended Route:
Just keep your speed at a minimum at the downhill areas with a few rocks or else you will get hurt. The fastest I went was about 13 mph, but I was careful.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None that I think of.



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Review Date
April 30, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: rob feature , from decatur, al

Summary:
I've only ridden this trail once...last weekend...and it's much longer than 3 miles. And we didn't even do the racetrack part! We did closer to 10 miles and there was still plenty of singletrack left to be explored. This is a fairly technical trail...more so than most of Monte Sano (excluding Land Trust). Eat your wheaties before this one. And don't forget that helment. This trail downed every rider that was with me. The rocks are slick and the climbs are grueling...don't let the carpety-smooth compost stuff at the beginning of the trail fool you. When we got back to the cars, there were roughly ten folks getting ready to ride it. They all had knee and elbow pads on. This is a pretty fun ride. There's plenty here to satisfy the appetites of the most demanding riders. This trail also accommodates horses...or at least there were plenty of land mines on the trail. Keep in mind that it is easy to get lost up there if you aren't familiar with the territory.
happy riding!!!!!!

Recommended Route:
the map at the trailhead only gives info on part of the trails. Take a gps/compass or a good sense of direction and explore well over 10 miles here.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Monte Sano, Colonial Hills, Oak Mtn., Bankhead



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