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University of South Alabama - Full Loop

Intermediate

Trail

6.0 mile 9.6 kilometer loop
95% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 146' 45 m
Descent: -146' -44 m
High: 219' 67 m
Low: 182' 55 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (4°)

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A full ride at the USA Campus.

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Riding is only permitted on trails, don't ride on the gravel roads that surround the network. Be mindful that this is University property and be respectful or access could be lost.

Overview

One of the best rides in the Mobile area, these trails have been hidden away on the USA Campus, but SAMBA has helped make them official and open to the public. Even though it's on campus, the thick trees and forest setting will quickly help you get that "in nature" feel.

Need to Know

Pink exit signs will mark the quickest exit route. There is an emergency exit located off the Front Trail. Go around the lake towards the bleachers and ride the sidewalks to the north end of the intramural fields. Ride up the large hill and go left around the football building to get back to the parking area.

Description

This Featured Ride links up the full set of trails available at the University of South Alabama. Some sections are more advanced, but overall the trails are relatively flat and can be quite fast in areas.

The start of the loop begins right in front of the parking and is well-marked. This is the white trail loop and it begins with Bottoms Start for a short trip through dense vegetation and roots. Keep up your speed to make it up the hump near the playground and head left to the flat, fast, and smooth singletrack of Grass Lands.

After a brief battle with a patch of sand at the end of Grass Lands, riders will drop into the Front Trail for a fair share of switchbacks and a rooty good time. Up next is Red Rock which starts out fast and twisty but eventually transitions to a long, gradual climb that may slow down a few people.

After the climb, things get back to fast and twisty with Eric's Trail, which soon connects to TTT. Part way through a quick blast down the trail, take the split to the left for the Mike Thompson Loop to pedal through a ditch that leads to a cul-de-sac. Just keep going straight and you'll see the rest of the trail continuing on. This area is root-dense and technical. At the end of the twisting loop, riders will head back along the ditch to return to TTT for more fast and easy singletrack.

Enjoy the wide open corridor around TTT before it's time to tackle the twists, turns, and roots along Bottoms Long. This technical trail will return riders back to the start of the ride where you can call it a day, or take a breather before heading back in for seconds!

History & Background

The ride goes over land that used to be private (a house foundation can still be seen) and the Bottoms area used to be an old dump site. The land is now owned by the University of South Alabama.

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Aug 25, 2018
Sharif McCall
Fun cardio packed trail for beginners and intermediate riders. 8mi
Jul 24, 2018
Judson Meherg
5.3mi
Dec 23, 2017
Jay Morgan
trails are good, recently cleared 3.5mi
Oct 4, 2017
Yates Pharr
very windy and mostly smooth. some too sections. well marked. 9.8mi
Jul 2, 2017
Ryan Sansone
Jun 7, 2017
Dan Zaffuto
After several days of rain its in GREAT shape! Drains very well. Super fun trail, worth it to check it out if in the area.
Aug 14, 2016
Jeff Souder
12mi — 1h 40m
Jul 26, 2015
Kevin Adams

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  3.5 from 14 votes

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Photos

Some Painting on the Art Walk short cut
Dec 28, 2013 near Tillman…, AL
Art Walk short cut
Dec 28, 2013 near Tillman…, AL

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