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Grand Viduta, Stg 1 Official

Very Difficult


13.0 mile 20.9 kilometer point to point
95% Runnable
Very Difficult


Ascent: 1,183' 360 m
Descent: -1,200' -366 m
High: 1,439' 439 m
Low: 741' 226 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)


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Trail shared by Brandon Mader

Stage 1 (Friday) course of the Grand Viduta Stage Race.

Brandon Mader

Features Cave · River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife


This is a rocky course - rocky all the way! It includes the famed Waterline Trail.

Need to Know

Some sections are extremely rocky and may be treacherous in wet weather.


Starting from the Land Trust of North Alabama: Monte Sano parking lot, head southeast toward the pavilion, moving onto the trails as you bear right. Trail climbs slightly for a rocky 1.5 miles before you turn onto Annandale, then descend the lower half of Waterline Trail.

Turn right at Three Caves and head northwest toward Bankhead Parkway, meeting the first aid station. A very runnable two miles brings you through wildflowers and creek crossings, back to Annandale. Climb upper Waterline Trail then bear left onto High Trail for a flat few miles of lesser technical grind.

A right on Toll Gate Trail, climbs to Bankhead Parkway and the second aid station at the trailhead to Dummy Line Trail. Descend Dummy Line Trail and Bankhead Trail back to the bottom of the Land Trust through a technically challenging flume. Finish by grinding out Railroad Bed Trail back to the Land Trust parking lot.

History & Background

Much of this course is based on the old Monte Sano Railway route, inspiring the train theme of the race.

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Land Manager: Land Trust of North AL

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The old embankment for the 175 foot trestle that use to cross Fagan Creek. The old stone footings are not used to support a trail bridge.
Oct 27, 2015 near Huntsville, AL
Three Caves, formerly known as Hermitage Quarry.
Feb 4, 2016 near Huntsville, AL
Dry Falls
Oct 27, 2015 near Huntsville, AL
A well constructed stone section of the Dummy Line Trail over a creek bed.
Jul 28, 2015 near Huntsville, AL
Rocky terrain
Oct 15, 2019 near Huntsville, AL
Dry Falls
Dec 27, 2019 near Huntsville, AL

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