Oak Mountain 20 Miler
ElevationAscent: 1,855' 565 m
Descent: -1,410' -430 m
High: 1,311' 400 m
Low: 622' 190 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“Trails used: Yellow Trail, Blue Trail, White Trail, Orange Trail, Red Trail.”— Steve Wilhelm
The route starts off on the Foothills Trail with a lot of small up and downs. None of the elevation changes are terribly difficult on their own, but taken back to back and repeated several times will wear you out! I have added pictures of the spillway and views of Tranquility Lake, and slowing your journey here is well worth while. This is a very scenic part of the journey, and if time permits do take photos.
When you leave the North Trailhead, you'll want to get on the Blue Trail. There is a pretty good clime to the ridge where you'll spend about five (5) miles. When you get to Peavine Falls on the Blue Trail, you'll be traveling along the edge of a bluff where the falls are, but often there's not much time for observation if you are going to complete the 20 miles in one fell swoop. There are several stream and small creek crossing but most of them have bridges.
After you leave the falls area on the White Trail, you follow the creek upstream a ways. When you get to the Red Road, cross over and continue on the White Trail which you'll continue to follow for a little over a mile until you get to the Orange Connector.
At this point, take a right turn and head back to the Red Road. The Red Road is a wide service road/fire break and is not too difficult for tired runners to navigate. By the time you get on the Red Road, you'll have gone approximately 17 miles.
Around mile 19, you'll come across a Green Trail that you can take back to your parking area. The Green Trail is steep downhill and very difficult after you have already negotiated 19 miles. We opted this year to continue on to the overlook on the Red Trail and have transportation available at that location to return us to our vehicle.
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Land Manager: Alabama State Parks - Oak Mountain State Park