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A short but difficult loop that features a cool balanced rock.


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1.5

Miles

2.5

KM

Point to Point

1,140' 348 m

High

751' 229 m

Low

365' 111 m

Up

390' 119 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

26%

Max Grade (14°)

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Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Rainbow Loop Trial can be started from two different spots that are relatively close to one another. One is right off the main parking area through an old playground with equipment that's way past its prime. Another entrance, where this description begins, is from the old gravel parking lot next to the water reservoir.

From the gravel parking lot, you'll start hiking south. it's relatively easy at this point and within the first 1/4 of a mile you reach most recognizable feature that the Rainbow Loop Trail has to offer, the balanced rock.

From the balanced rock, you continue a southern trajectory. At the 1/2 mile mark, the trail starts to get rocky as it descends and turns northward. Around 3/4 of a mile, you reach the lowest point of the trail at its intersection with Spring Trail. From there you start to make your way up towards Ja Moo Koo Loop Trail. This loop can be accessed at two points along the Rainbow Loop Trail, the first entry is around 1 mile and the 2nd at ~1-1/8 miles.

After these intersections the Rainbow Loop Trail turns southeast, shortly it passes the top of Spring Trail and the top of Wild Trail at 1-1/4 miles before continuing on past the old playground.

I have written an article about Rainbow Mountain if you would like to learn more about this property, please visit my website HuntsvilleOutdoors.com.

Contacts

Land Manager: Land Trust of North AL

Shared By:

Luke Brisk

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Photos

The Balance Rock without a tree on top of it.
May 11, 2015 near Madison, AL
This and several of these beauties (Red Spotted Purple Admirals) were fluttering about on the trail.
Nov 19, 2019 near Madison, AL
Rock Table
Nov 6, 2019 near Madison, AL
Rock formations on Rainbow Loop Trail
May 11, 2015 near Madison, AL
A rock wall near balanced rock.
Nov 19, 2019 near Madison, AL
Abundant rocks on the Rainbow Loop
May 11, 2015 near Madison, AL

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Oct 16, 2022
Orlando Lopez
1.6mi — 1h 30m
Mar 12, 2021
Steven Boyer
2.2mi — 1h 45m
Oct 27, 2020
Melody Valerio
1h 00m
Oct 6, 2019
Steve Vacula Jr
2.7mi
Apr 8, 2018
Greg Miller
Trail was pretty wet, but not that hard except where the rocks were wet and worn smooth. 1.5mi — 1h 10m
Jan 21, 2018
Jesse Winn
Dec 16, 2017
Chris Conrad
Jul 10, 2017
Casey Jones

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