Our Trails Committee have selected a priority list of trail projects that need some love in Monte Sano State Park. Got some great ideas for projects? Send us an email; projects will be assessed by SORBA-Huntsville trail coordinators and presented to the board prior to implementation. You are invited to participate in improving our trails. Trail Work Days will be announced at facebook.com/sorbahuntsville and on our calendar page.
These projects were on our short list and have been completed:
1) Logan’s Point: Section of Logan’s Point Trail where it drops down to the Flat Rock Connector trail (no motor vehicle sign). This section of trail is steep, and the water runs straight down it. Each year it gets worse and worse, is no longer sustainable, and is becoming increasing dangerous for riders. A reroute is required and recommend this section be closed for rehabilitation. COMPLETED
2) Sinks: Top section of the Sinks trail from the mountain biker’s parking lot. Each year this section of trails gets further and further eroded as the water runs straight down this section of trail. Recommend a reroute of this top section of the trail. COMPLETED
3) Mountain Mist: Address water bar section of Mountain Mist Trail just past Sinks intersection (heading toward O’Shaughnessy) COMPLETED (Trail School Project)
4) Keith’s Trail: About a quarter mile past Chestnut traveling in the counter clockwise direction, there is a short 100-foot section of trail that is steep, very rocky and eroded that needs rerouting so it does not keep getting worse.
These projects are under consideration:
4) Cold Springs: Develop a section of trail that connects Cold Springs Trail to Bankhead Parkway not far from Dummy Line trail. This will help keep bikers from having to travel on a busy road as far as they currently do to connect the two trails.
5) Dummy Line: Improve the short connector trail near the top of the Dummy Line Trail to the Tollgate Trail (Rocky Road) to ensure sustainability.
6) Mountain Mist: 100-foot section of trail just above the Goat connector trail is extremely eroded and rocky. Many riders walk it and several riders have gotten hurt on that section of trail. Recommend some sort of fix or reroute to improve its rideability and sustainability.
Bankhead Trail: Trail is completed and rideable; improvements continue to be made with the addition of a bridge courtesy of a grant by the Huntsville Track Club and Polaris Industries. A trailhead kiosk is planned for 2017.
North Plateau Trail: This trail was destroyed in the December 2016 tornado that hit Monte Sano State Park. SORBA Huntsville mobilized almost 200 members and community volunteers to remove trees, root balls and debris, fill holes, create reroutes when needed and rebuild the trail, which is now open. Some issues may continue to need addressing.
Cold Springs Trail: The upper portion of this trail sustained damage in the December 2016 tornado. Volunteers cleared and rebuilt this portion of trail that is currently rideable.