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Hike the Land Trust Challenge: Monte Sano – Bluff Line
July 23, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
NOTE: Because of forecasted weather conditions, this hike route has been changed to avoid climbing hills during the heat of the day. The length is now approximately 3 miles and we aim to finish in a little over 2 hours. We’ll still start at the Bankhead Trailhead, but now we’re going down the Alms House Trail until we get to the Wagon Trail. We’ll take the Wagon Trail to Bluff Line, and then take Bluff Line back to the parking lot. This route takes out the Young-Kennedy section as well as part of the Wagon Trail. If we can, we’ll reschedule this hike in its entirety this fall. -Tim G
(Moderate / 3.5 hours / 5.6 miles) Follow our series of guided hikes throughout the entire year as we cover all of the Land Trust’s public trails! We’ll start with the easiest routes and increase our difficulty and distance along the way. Beginning from Bankhead Trailhead, we’ll hike up a short piece of Tollgate Trail to the beginning of Bluff Line Trail and follow that for about 1.6 miles until you reach Wagon Trail. After about 1.5 miles heading south, Wagon Trail ends at Young-Kennedy, which turns you back heading the opposite direction across the preserve. In about 1.3 miles, you’ll reach Wagon Trail again, though this is a different section. Then start your return to the trailhead with some trail hopping from Wildflower to Fagan Spring and finally Alms House. It’s a winding route but you’ll see the bulk of the central portion of Monte Sano Nature Preserve along the way!
Location: Monte Sano Nature Preserve (Bankhead) – 2442 Bankhead Pkwy NE, Huntsville, AL 35801