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Pine Torch Loop

Average Rating:    (3.93 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 29

Lots of fun stuff here. Lots of berms for air. Lots of creeks and waterfalls. Lots of bluffs. Lots of horse poo. The trail reminds me of Tsali, only better. The trails could be maintained better though, since the horses tear it up a bit.
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Latitude
34.36044263880677
Longitude
-87.31667518615723
Trail Directions
From N. Alabama: Take Alt. US-72 into Decatur. Once across river, turn right and con't. on Alt. US-72. Turn left onto AL-67 (The Beltway). Go west on AL-24 (left turn). After ~18 miles, turn left into Moulton at AL-33. Follow AL-33 through town, then past AL-36. Go 5.4 miles past AL-36 to Pine Torch Church Historic Site sign, turn left onto County-70/USFS-246/Pine Torch Rd. Look for gravel parking lot on left.

From S. Alabama: Take AL-36 through Hartselle from I-65. Turn left onto AL-33. Go 5.4 miles to Pine Torch Church Historic Site sign, turn left onto County-70/USFS-246/Pine Torch Rd. Look for gravel parking lot on left.
Trail Length
11 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Addison
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Review Date
July 30, 2012

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Horseback Rider ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The Pine Torch trail (as well as the blue and orange trails at Bankhead) is a horse trail and it is posted that bicycles are not allowed. My friend and our daughters were riding our horses on the trail and a group on bikes rode up on us. The ponies the girls were riding got spooked and ran the other direction with our girls in tow. Luckily no one was hurt, but PLEASE, PLEASE read the rules of the trail before riding your bikes on horse trails. This could have been a horrible tragedy.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Trails that are marked for bikers.



Comments
rothnic (11/26/2012)
This review makes a false claim. I made sure by sending an email to the Bankhead National Forest's park ranger asking about it. They responded that Pine Torch Loop is Horse, Mountain Biking, and Hiking.
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Review Date
June 14, 2012

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: rothnic ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Went on the recommendations provided. However, the trail was extremely sandy. Portions of it were like riding on the beach depth of sand and many portions were still several inches deep. This caused the ride to be extremely tiring and slow in those sections.

The portions that were not sandy were great, very flowy and fast and fun downhill sections. I would definitely go back if they dealt with the sand issue, but won't go back until then.

Strava reported ~13 miles, 1400 ft of elevation change, which includes the yellow loop and the connector to the parking lot.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Monte Sano Trails



Comments
bamamike (02/27/2017)
I agree rothnic I road this trail twice with friends on bikes and trails with horses are a mess not so much for the poop but some of the washed out ruts are impassable. If you are going to ride this trail do it during the week days when there is little or no horse traffic.
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Review Date
November 22, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Ckidd ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The trail is located in Zone B of the Black Warrior Wildlife Management Area. Recent changes now allow permit hunting in this area on select dates. Check hunting dates for the Black Warrior WMA before making the trip.



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Review Date
June 7, 2009

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: jwestmartin ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Sandy and muddy in spots, but overall, a good ride.

Recommended Route:
YELLOW - DIFINITELY
BLUE - IF ADVENTUROUS
ORANGE - TOO MUDDY, STAY AWAY

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Oak Mountain, Lake Lurleen and Swayback Bridge



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Review Date
February 28, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Cooter ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
While the mud holes are muddier due to the horses the rest of the trail is in fine shape. Lots of rolly jumps & berms. Creek crossings are passable and I saw more horses than horse crap. Watch out for them, dismount, get out of the way & say hi. All of the equestrians I've encountered on the trail have been very nice so don't muck it up. They are more than willing to share & since the trail was originally created with them in mind I think they're owed the courtesy. It gets pretty sandy on the Brushy Loop & the Key Mill loop (blue & orange flashes) and the terrain gets more technical but nothing out of hand. Good times & good mileage for the area. Bring water. Be prepared for chain suck.

Recommended Route:
Park at the Pine Torch Trailhead parking lot, go right on the yellow loop (Pine Torch Loop), right on the blue loop (Brushy Loop), cross Owl Creek & take the orange(Key Mill Loop) which exits the clearing on the right. basically stay counterclockwise on the perimeter & you'll get a 25 mile loop. For a little extra mileage go past the first blue turn (yellow & blue share trail for a bit) take the seacond blue right then "figure eight" your way around, you'll end up riding the yellow/blue shared connector twice but I think it would be worth it. Link to map: http://www.lightinside.org/bike/blackwarrior_trailmap.htm

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Monte Sano, Cheaha, Oak Mountain....



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