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Monte Sano State Park

Average Rating:    (4.59 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 17

TRAIL DIRECTIONS; From hikers parking lot go on road past park office, past two overlooks and down road 3/4 mile from second overlook. Take the trail on the right. At first intersection BARE right. Dont go right up mountain. Take a LEFT at the first switch back. If you come to a fire road go back 100 yards to the trail. After 1/4 mile go LEFT at the intersection. Go straight for about 2 miles and when you come to a Y or split in the trail BARE RIGHT.. At the next intersection where you DEAD END into another trail take a left. Go THRU next intersection and go one mile until you DEAD END at another trail. Go RIGHT and bare left 50 yards up the small hill. Go about 2 miles until two trails CROSS. Go left UP the hill. Take the FIRST RIGHT back to the road. THE STATE PARK DOES NOT ALLOW BIKING ON MUDDY TRAILS. The above ride is intermediate single track. The middle half of the ride is more technical. Biking on Monte Sano is not typical of the south east. Typically there is a lot of short climbs and many rocks and roots. You will love it or hate it.
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Latitude
34.74513890774029
Longitude
-86.51106834411621
Trail Directions
see above directions
Trail Length
12 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Huntsville
State/Territory/Province
Alabama
Zip/Postal Code
35801
Country
USA
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Review Date
November 19, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Borobiker ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
We liked it a lot. We drove all the way to the top of the plateau. Parked at a bike parking lot and rode primarily the family trail. Good easy ride, not to difficult, fast and fun. We didn't get on any of the more difficult trails. A very good ride, we enjoyed it. We did encounter lots of walkers/runners on th same trail. Keep your eyes open!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Wheeler preserve.



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Review Date
July 3, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: bamamike ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I and two of my friends drove from Birmingham to ride Monte Sano and we were very impressed. This is a mix of everything for beginners to experts. Except for the family trail these are not fast trails because the trails are very rocky so if your slow like me give yourself a couple of hours plus and plenty of liquids. If you are a first timer this trail offers alot of sharp technical turns and descents so pay attention because Monte Sano offers you plenty of oportunites to get hurt. The trail is also well marked and easy to follow. The only thing I question is the mileage. My Garmin showed more than 12 miles and I had not done all of the trails available. My other reviews include Swayback and Lake Lurleen.

Recommended Route:
No opinion

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Have not done them yet.



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Review Date
June 28, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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4.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Weekend Warrior ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I grew up in Birmingham riding Oak Mountain and love Monte Sano much more because of the variety it offers. You can tailor your ride to your preferences and ability much more so than any other trail I've ridden in Alabama (Oak Mountain, Lurleen State Park).

Recommended Route:
I like to park on Bankhead Parkway at the hairpin, ride up the abandoned road to the lookout to warm up (1.5 miles or so uphill). Then I will either take the North Plateau loop all the way around to O'Shaughnessy Point, or cut straight across the park to the South Plateau Loop.

From O'Shaughnessy Point, take either Goat (very technical) to Mountain Mist (should be named Rocky Road) or just straight down Mountain Mist (again, very rocky). From Mountain Mist I like to go down Sinks to Three benches, then on to Stone Cuts Bypass. Once you plateau on Stone Cuts Bypass, the downhill is very technical but not very steep. Stay left after Stone Cuts Bypass to Sinks and you will eventually make your way back to Mountain Mist (Rocky Road in my book).

Go right on Mountain Mist and it is a easy ride back to the abandoned road and Bankhead Parkway.

All along the way you will have the opportunity to break off on Logan Point, Goat, and Keith trails lengthening your ride and increasing the difficulty. The trails are excellently marked and have very accurate ratings like ski slopes (green, blue, black and double black diamond).

South Plateau, Bucca great for beginners and warm ups.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I just moved here last summer and haven't had the chance to make it to Land Trust trails but have heard great things. I want to hike them with my dog first to know what I am getting myself into as I have heard there are several 2+ foot drops along some of the Land Trust trails.



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Review Date
February 22, 2010

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: stringmusic24 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Where do you even begin? This is easily the best collection of trails in the state, especially if you enjoy good, technical riding. In the Spring, Summer, and Fall I ride here 2 or 3 times a week and I still haven't ridden all the trails.

Recommended Route:
If you're interested in some easy but fun singletrack riding you should defiitely hit the Family Trail and South Plateau Loop.

More advanced riders will not want to miss Sinks, Goat, Keith/Logan Point, Stone Cuts, Mountain Mist, and War Path Ridge. My favorite trail in the whole park though might be McKay Hollow/Arrowhead which begins just West of O'Shaugnessy Point and spits you out at Burritt Museum. This route gives you some super technical downhill and some rough hike-a-bike as well.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Huntsville Land Trust is a must. Bluffline Trail, High Trail, Railroad bed - all great. Wagon Trail is probably the best long, technical downhill in the area.



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Review Date
July 17, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: nitropiro ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
wide range of trail difficulties. make sure you know what your getting into when you go down sinks,or cold springs, mountain mist is always the bail out trail rather than taking sinks back up. the family trails are too smooth for me.

Recommended Route:
first cold springs down the mountain, then go toward the biker parking lot on the abandon road until you get to sinks on the left,go down it until you make it to mountain mist,on mountain mist go towards the biker parking lot, then down sinks until you get to a couple benches, go right on goat trail and don't get bitten by a black widow, don't go left at the end of goat, go right or you'll end up in doug hill, keep going up warpath, then make your way to the top of mountain mist and go down it at mach 1 until you make it to the abandon road then fill up your water bottle and your done with atleast 20 miles of trail!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
not colonial hills



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