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15.3 mile 24.7 kilometer loop


Ascent: 1,276' 389 m
Descent: -1,274' -388 m
High: 426' 130 m
Low: 201' 61 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (9°)


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A 12 mile main loop plus a 4 mile Ridge trail.

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Need to Know

There are no bail out routes on this ride. If you have a mechanical halfway around you have a 6 mile hike to get back to the trailhead (7.5 miles if you were on Five Oaks) unless you swim the lake but that will make the Ranger very unhappy. Be prepared. Take plenty of water, enough equipment to fix two flats and a mend broken chain and a cell phone. (Although you may have to climb a ridge to get a signal) Allow plenty of time to complete your ride before sunset.


This ride uses the following trails:

Lakeside Trail:

This 2-mile trail (one-way) begins at the South Trailhead and ends at the Lake Lurleen Dam. There, it connects to the much longer Tashka Trail. Lakeside Trail is an excellent option for short hikes and as an introductory ride for novice mountain bikers. It follows the lake shoreline, providing continuous, beautiful scenery. Use caution. The trail is shared by hikers, bikers and bank fishermen.

Tashka Trail:

This 9-mile segment begins where Lakeside Trail concludes, at the west end of Lake Lurleen Dam, next to the dam spillway. Use caution. Some sections are steeply graded, sandy, or covered with loose gravel. In addition, the 9 miles contain no shortcuts to either trailhead. Plan accordingly, as you'll be in a wilderness environment. Due to the prevalence of tight turns, long climbs and descents, beginning mountain bikers will find sections of Tashka very challenging.

Ridge Trail:

This 4 mile optional loop is the latest addition to the Tashka Trail System completed in June of 2012. The loop splits off from the Tashka Trail within 350 ft. of the North Trailhead and travels in a southerly direction for approximately 2.3 miles, turns back to the north for the remaining 1.7 miles, and rejoins the Tashka Trail within 150 ft. of the loop starting point. The wide trail corridor and gradual elevation changes make the loop suitable for beginners, as well as intermediate and expert riders. Day hikers and trail runners looking for easy access to a beautiful section of the Tashka Trail System will find this loop exceptional. The loop is open for use in either a counter-clockwise (described above) or clockwise direction of travel; however the beginner mountain biker will likely prefer the counterclockwise direction.


There are 1.3 miles of paved roadways that connect the South and North Trailheads.


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Sep 16, 2018
Challise Shirley
Tree down on Tashka trail 11.6mi
Jun 23, 2018
Pete Edmondson
Main trail is clear, side trails could use a brush clearing day but are very rideable, no trees across trail.
Oct 5, 2017
Jack Tomassetti
Sep 23, 2017
Heath N Rebecca Boyd
Did the trail clockwise.....climb, climb did I say climb 13.8mi
Jun 3, 2017
Carl Hancock
Mar 21, 2017
Derek Kendrick
Rode backwards 15.3mi
Jan 14, 2017
Brandon Dittman

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Zack Butler
Huntsville, AL
Zack Butler   Huntsville, AL
I did most of this loop about a year ago, and I enjoyed it. I only did the 12-mile loop (Tashka and Lakeside trails) while my then-girlfriend (now fiancee) did the Ridge Trail and the Lakeside Trail. To be honest, I found the Lakeside Trail to be more difficult than the Tashka Trail; the Tashka was slower-going due to downed trees that I had to lug my bike over, but I assume those are probably removed by now. Erosion seemed to be the cause of most of the technical difficulty on the Lakeside Trail. I would not recommend the Lakeside Trail for a novice mountain biker, but the first part of the Tashka Trail starting at the north trailhead would be a nice pleasant ride for a novice. It definitely has a backcountry feel to it, like Tsali, although the heat in an Alabama summer made it seem more strenuous. It would be worth an hour's drive from Birmingham but probably not the 3-hour drive from Huntsville unless I was already in the area. However, it is a nice trail system that shows a lot of promise. Jun 22, 2013
Anonymous User
Anonymous User  
This has some a real fun, smooth, single track groovin' down hill section. Makes the climb worth it! Jul 10, 2014

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