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Monte Sano, Spanish for Mountain of Health, rises more than 1,600 feet above sea level. The mountain has attracted visitors since the mid 1820s with the establishment of the town of Viduta, a derivative of the Spanish word Vida, meaning life. Viduta was home to a sanatorium and a hotel resort, Hotel Monte Sano, which opened its doors in 1887 and closed in the early 1900s due to a declining economy.

hiking
10 days ago

16 days ago

Easy trail and has connecting trails to explore.

I definitely recommend starting at the South Plateau trail and ending on the North Plateau trail. We ended up climbing the steeper end by going that way. To me, climbing the steep rocks is easier than going down them.

backpacking
24 days ago

Not well marked but a nice challenge in an urban environment. Short, technical.

hiking
1 month ago

We enjoy this hike regularly with the family. Easy to moderate. Some areas are technical but I would say it favors the easier side.

hiking
1 month ago

Not a bad hike and all the trails are well marked for the most part. Once at the cuts its a neat place that everyone will enjoy walking through and around.

trail running
1 month ago

I started running this course while running distance for UAH. It is a staple for the northeastern Alabama running community, and I continue to run it as a "washed-up-has-been". Different loops comprise a trail system that has something for all levels of trail runners. This is a highly technical system, though, with sections demanding your utmost attention to footing. Wonderful views, quad-shredding hills, easily accessible from several trail heads...truly something for everyone. If you're a beginner stick to the red, white, and blue loops. If you're intermediate to experienced, park on the "backside" coming up Bankhead and try out The Sinks, The Goat Trail, and Warpath Ridge. Have fun!

Downhills were tougher than uphills. Wet in places but overall a great walk. I can't wait to do it again.

Much biodiversity on this trail. Wonderful rock formations.