Mountain Mist Trail

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Rank: #10 in the Monte Sano State Park area
#112 in AL, #6,845 Overall
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Trail in the area near Huntsville,
“The classic Monte Sano technical trail.”
Zack Butler on May 18, 2013
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2.84.6 milesKilometers 127’39 m Ascent 1,557’474 m High 3% Avg Grade (1°)
Singletrack Type -264’-80 m Descent 1,398’426 m Low 17% Max Grade (9°)
Closed when wet. This trail is not as susceptible to erosion as others on Monte Sano but can become slippery after rain.
This trail can be done in either direction, but it is recommended for sanity's sake that you begin at its upper end near O'Shaughnessy Point off of the South Plateau Loop. It starts by taking a technical descent towards the Warrior Connector/Goat Trail with a badly eroded section just before reaching the Warrior Connector.

The next 1.4 miles is also technical, but mostly because of exposed rocks, roots, and steep drop-offs on the downhill side of the trail. It is NOT recommended that you attempt this section clipped in unless you are familiar with this trail, lest you tumble down the mountain and sustain painful injuries. The southern segment of the trail, however, is very scenic even if the average cyclist may wind up hiking his or her bike for portions of it. There are two bail points up the mountain back to the South Plateau Loop if it becomes too much for you; however, you'll have to hike your bike up those connectors if you choose to bail.

The trail becomes much easier north of the first intersection with the Sinks Trail. There is one brief section with rock armoring that can be hiked if needed, but the northern half of the Mountain Mist Trail is less technical than the southern half but bumpy in a few spots. The steep drop-offs are not present on the northern half. The trail crosses the Sinks Trail twice before ending at the Bankhead Parkway Trail.
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A fun and scenic ride with stunning views of the valleys surrounding Monte Sa...
near Huntsville, AL
4.7 (3)
An easy lollipop loop out to O'Shaughnessy Point and back.
near Huntsville, AL
4.3 (3)
A tour combining the best flow and scenery in Monte Sano State Park.
near Huntsville, AL

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  3.5 from 4 votes
Limestone formations along Mountain Mist trail. (Huntsville, AL)
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