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University of South Alabama - Full Loop

 3.6 (10)

6.0 Miles 9.6 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

146' 45 m

Ascent

-146' -44 m

Descent

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (4°)

219' 67 m

High

182' 55 m

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Shared By Judson Meherg

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A full ride at the USA Campus.

Judson Meherg

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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.
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.

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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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
Jul 25, 2015
Kevin Adams
Jun 22, 2015
Kevin Adams

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  3.6 from 10 votes

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Ran the White Trail Route on recommendation of a local runner... disappointed with the amount of trash and broken glass in several areas of the route. Could be dangerous for anyone falling in those areas. Not too sure the distance was as advertised as my GPS was short on miles when I finished. Jul 17, 2016

 
Delivered my daughter at USA and rode the next morning. Nice trails on campus! Great workout if ridden hard. Well marked. Nice mix of roots and sand keeps you thinking. Tight enough that you can never really relax your mind or body. Wet roots will always challenge your cornering skills. I'm guessing when the trail is dry, the roots are easy and the sand is difficult. When the trail is wet, the sand packs but the roots are crazy slick. What fun! Aug 15, 2016

 
Great place to mountain bike. I thought it was pretty well marked and the pink exit signs are great! Can't wait to bring my husband to try this. So few places around Mobile to ride a bicycle. Just a great workout!! Sep 9, 2016

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