hiking
7 days ago

Super fun hike with lots of shifts in topography. My nine year old and I started at the church and ended at the parking lot on Cecil Ashburn. The trip was roughly 2.5 miles and took us a little over an hour. My wife dropped us off and picked us up.

Make sure you have excellent lugs on your shoes especially in wet conditions. In fact, I would deem this trail very hazardous when wet. You have to do some rock hopping (slippery when wet) and the ground gets muddy very quickly from rain.

The trail bends around the east side of the mountain and is well covered with trees. So, it's nice to do even in the heat of the summer evenings. We started at 4 PM. We saw lots of wildlife including a deer. My son had a bunch of tinny ticks on him by the end. I must not have used enough spray on him.

Well marked trail with great overlooks of the city. Went to this trail on 4th of July to watch fireworks all over Huntsville. Amazing experience.

Lots of rocky hills to walk up. Challenging and gets the heart pumping!

We walked sugar tree down and smokerise back up to the car. Nice walk!

hiking
6 months ago

Overall a good trail with a great climb at the beginning, but toward the end there's a long section that's filled with small rocks that are easy to stumble / twist an ankle on, especially this time of year when they're hidden in the leaves.

Sunset is amazing here. Sunrise is also impressive.

Started hike at the Sugar Tree dead end. Went Sugar tree to Smoke Rise, then cut back across to Sugar Tree on the Lowry Trail. then back to Sugar Tree start. Weather was low 40's high 30's during the hike. Disappointed this is not a listed trail option on All Trails. I submitted the option so hopefully it will be reviewed and approved.

Easy trail with a couple of good views. The beginning climb is fairly easy, then a pretty walk along a ridge line before you get to a couple of good view points. Trails are marked and cleared, also a couple of park benches. The first bench is at the top of the beginning climb. Great trail for a fall hike with the kiddos.

Great trail. Probably some of the best views of any trail in Huntsville at the top. Highly recommend for all skill levels.

After breaking away from the other trail heads his hike is STEEP. Not the easy hike I was looking for. After gaining the altitude at the beginning the hike becomes easy but that first part was a steady climb. On the way back I took the West Bluff Trail which gave the best views off the hill.

hiking
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

My first time on this trail I discovered that the loop is not idiot proof and I ended up coming out back at my car but in the neighborhood at the top of Weatherly Rd but the second time I hiked it I successfully made it back to my car but I also came across deer twice on Smokerise Trail. This will definitely become one of my favorite go to hikes. The uphill portions felt like a good workout for my cardio.

This trail is nice. Not too many people and it's peaceful. There are several little streams where my dog can drink so that's nice. Not too many bugs other than grandaddy long legs. Sometime you can see a doe with fawns on sugar tree.

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

This trail is a good one that I do on a regular basis. There are several good lookouts, especially near the power line. Good trees for eno hammocks and I see people relaxing up there pretty frequently. My dog likes this trail a lot too.

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

I like the view on this trail. You have to take Certain Trail to get to it. I take it on my way up to the radio tower and then take Vernadoe back down which makes a loop between 4 and 5 miles. Once I saw a black widow on west bluff but it left me completely alone. They're very non aggressive so I wouldn't worry about them.

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Loved it. Great scenery and its a good way to exercise.

Hiked the Sugar Tree/Smokerise trail a few weeks ago. I started o the Sugar Tree, and hiked back up through Smokerise to the trailhead. Sugar Tree is very, very rocky and requires a lot of coordination. Sugartree kind of gave me the creeps, but Smokerise had a lot of good creeks and what not. I also noticed a lot of damage to the area, I assume it is from a tornado that touched down. All in all a good hike. Would like to do it sometime in the fall. The abandoned car is kinda creepy.

hiking
Friday, April 14, 2017

Hiked the trail this week. The upper/southern end of the trail on the map (the part that angles around the 1476ft peak) is no longer accessible. A new privacy fence has been installed adjacent to the cellphone tower. This fence eliminates about 3/10 of a mile from the trail.

good trail. heads up. small path near connection of sugar tree and smoke ride on back of path....leads to be neighborhood.

trail running
Monday, March 20, 2017

Steep in the beginning but a very easy path for trail running, well maintained!

hiking
Monday, March 06, 2017

Very well maintained and heavily used trail. One incline at the beginning but smooth after getting to the ridge. We hiked to the tower and then down Varnedoe back to the trailhead. Great trip for us.

hiking
Monday, March 06, 2017

Nice easy trail with a slight but steady incline. It was a perfect afternoon trip for me, my wife, 6 year old son and our old dog. Had a ton of rock outcroppings sand a small stream for the dog to grab a drink.

Monday, January 16, 2017

a great run, less crowded than the West side of the trails

Monday, January 16, 2017

Nice steady incline! Loved going up, but not so much going down with how rocky it is you have to slow down. Don't expect any views though, this ends at a cliff on Cecil Ashburn over looking the parking lot of Blevins Gap.

hiking
Wednesday, January 04, 2017

I love this trail, especially at night when you reach the clearing. You are able to look the beautiful sight of the lights of Huntsville and little bit of Madison. There is also a small rock that you have to climb/jump onto where it is a great spot to Stargaze.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

although I'm rather new to hiking, this has become one of my favorite places to go. It's a bit rocky, but the scenery makes up for it

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

this trail starts out a bit difficult, but if you stay the course it levels off. then it's just a stoll in the woods. there are great views to be seen once you reach the bluffs

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