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2.3 mile 3.7 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 432' 132 m
Descent: -461' -140 m
High: 1,141' 348 m
Low: 753' 230 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)


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Trail shared by Luke Brisk

A rocky and hilly loop around Rainbow Mountain.

Luke Brisk

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


Rainbow Mountain is located in the heart of Madison Alabama but as soon as you step foot on the trail you can feel miles away from civilization.


From the gravel parking lot you take the Rainbow Loop Trail past the balance rock, this part is pretty easy. At a 1/2 mile, things get much rockier and more technical as you start to descend to the lowest part of the trail where it opens up to reveal a creek bed and intersects with Spring Trail.

From there you start to good and rocky climb up the hill to Ja Moo Koo Loop Trail which you'll reach just after a mile. This loop is just short of a mile long and has some very large rocks. Some of which can obscure the route so keep your eyes peeled around mile 1.5.

At two miles the Ja Moo Koo Loop Trail meets back up with the Rainbow Loop Trail which you take west toward the exit. There is an exit sign that will inform you of the correct direction to travel. The trail here is still very rocky, so be careful.

From here you only have 1/3 of a mile to go. In this last section, you'll go past the top of Spring Trail and Jakes Trail. From Spring Trail to where the hike ends at the old playground, the rocks start to clear out and this section of trail is quite easy.

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

Flora & Fauna

There is an abundance of squirrels and chipmunks. You could possibly see a snake or a some weird bugs.


Land Manager: Land Trust of North AL

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Apr 21, 2019
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Mar 10, 2019
John Spellman
Jan 7, 2019
Brittany Beddingfield
Apr 20, 2018
Kayla Sosa
Too rocky for Jo to walk, need carrier. Very rugged terrain. 1.9mi
Jan 23, 2018
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David Neal
David Neal   Athens
I have hiked this trail dozens of times, and it never gets any easier. This trail starts with a hike along the mountain ridge line, then it descends down to nearly the base. After a pause at the small spring crossing, it is all uphill from there. This is a strenuous climb that gets the heart pumping. There are some neat rock features along the ridge as well as some nice views. May 23, 2017

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