This is a rocky course - rocky all the way! It includes the famed Waterline Trail
Features: Cave — River/Creek — Waterfall — Wildflowers — Wildlife
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.
Much of this course is based on the old Monte Sano Railway route, inspiring the train theme of the race.