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Huntsville Land Trust

Average Rating:    (4.63 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

The trail is mainly technical singletrack. There's some wider stuff too, but it's fairly technical as well. If you're just gonna be in Huntsville for a day and you want the most technical ride you can find...this one's for you
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Latitude
34.74471574661928
Longitude
-86.54351234436035
Trail Directions
From I-565 East, take the Washington/Jefferson exit downtown. Take a left at the intersection and then immediately take a right onto Pratt Avenue. Follow Pratt through a little shopping district and through a neighborhood and the road will start uphill. A mile or so up the road, there will be a parking lot on the right with 2 large stone pillars on either side of the drive...that's you. There are some signs before the turn-in too. There are maps on the board.
Trail Length
10 ish total
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Huntsville
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Review Date
January 6, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: RollingThunder ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The Land Trust is pretty good for technical riding. You can print off some good maps here to help plan your ride:
www.briartech.com/msmap.htm
I rode these trails on the first nice day after several consecutive days of rain. Things were pretty sloppy and muddy which kind of made it miserable and kind of made it fun. Lots of stuff to keep you on your toes (or on your back) here. I ended up on my back at one of the creek crossings because I didn't realize how slick the rock slab at the bottom of the creek was. I walked them all after that. Definitely not a good place to take someone on their first mountain bike ride (unless you want them to be scared out of their mind). Seems like I remember Alms House Trial between the parking lot and 3 Caves being particularly techy. If you live in the Huntsville area you should definitely be riding these trails!

Recommended Route:
It all looked pretty good to me. Take a map and make any number of loops you want to out of any of the trails and you should have a good time.



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Review Date
May 19, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: TeamMinion ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
For a beginning rider, avoid this trail. The land trust is difficult depending upon which route you take, and be prepared to break, and do some intense inclines. It's definitely a technicians paradise but for those who simply want to enjoy the ride, you may find this to be a bit more then you want.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Monte Sano



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Review Date
October 18, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: 1titus ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Land Trust Toll Gate trail and Bluff line. Very difficult. If you have great bike handleing skills you will love this trail. It is most fun to ride it clock wise. If you feel very strong and insane go for it in the opposite direction after you finished it clock wise. Why not this is if you are feeling strong and cocky or insane rather.

Recommended Route:
One of my favorite rides on Monte Sano would be From Owens drive in Blossomwood to toll gate trail (1st left),stay on this trail crossing a couple of other intersections (beware this is very techy) cross the land trust parking lot and continue up the toll gate trail (this part of the TGT is just an uphill rock garden) until you come to the trail marker to the high trail. At the high trail/bluffline intersection turn right for a very technical descent. Not for beginners whatsoever. Stay left until you come to a bench then continue straight thru a creek bed. About 200yd past the creek turn left and cross another creek and keep on climbing all the way back up to the land trust parking lot and ride the toll gate trail back down. This is a difficult ride that can be done faily quickly if you are familiar w/ the trails.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Arrowhead trail combined with the above trail makes for a killer mini epic. Take food, tubes, water and other necessary biking supplies.



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Review Date
October 20, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: SamAdams ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
these trails are extremely technical and that makes them seem longer then they are. if you enjoy a technical ride for fun w/good ups and downs, these are for you. you can't ride when the trails are wet

Recommended Route:
1. get a map 2. park at the hikers parking lot on tolgate 3. head up the mountain on the tolgate trail which is a gravel uphill w/ switchbacks (hardest climb) 4. go right a junction w/high trail 5. follow the high trail all the way and turn right onto bluffline 6. after a short distance take a left onto the wagon (make sure to stay on trail) 7. stay on the wagon trail (not the alms wagon) until you get to trail intersection w/a bench 8. take a right onto the alms house and follow that until a trail intersection w/the railroad bed 9. go across the creek and then on the railroad bed 10. when you get to the bottom of the tolgate trail go right and start climbing and stay on the single track 11. you'll end up at the hikers parking lot

Other recommended trails in the same area:
montesano trails on top are fun



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Review Date
June 19, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Drew Porter , from Huntsville AL

Summary:
The Land Trust's main trail is not even a quarter mile from my house so it shouldn't be any surprise that I ride these trails every weekend. Each trail has its own easy and hard points, and all trails in the land trust vary in rider experience from very easy to extremely technical. But no matter how pro you are, you will find that each trail has its own fun parts, even for intermediate freeriders at the waterfall. I highly recommend this trail to anyone near the north Alabama area who wants to have a good time.

Recommended Route:
Railroad Trail, Alms House Trail (extremely technical), Wagon Trail, High Trail

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Monte Sano, just be sure that youve got permission from the ranger.



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