Sinks and North Plateau Loop

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Monte Sano State Park

Sinks and North Plateau Loop is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Huntsville, Alabama that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.2 miles Elevation Gain: 393 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

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nature trips

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Acess to stone cuts trail, Lovely Views of the NE side of the mountain This is a beautiful trail in of itself but one of its most important functions is to serve as an access trail to many of the trails in the Monte Sano System including Stone Cut Trail, Stone cut bypass trail, Logan point trail and Mountain mist trail. The trail gives a look at some of the nicer hardwood stands in the park. The trail does have some elevation change, and is rated moderate by the local guide.

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5 months ago

Perfect day-after-Thanksgiving workout. We saw a family of deer going about their deer business. We'd have missed the spot where you go from the Sinks trail to the North Plateau had the pupper not stopped to investigate some smells. The squirrels and chipmunks are very cheeky, and we saw some beautiful rock formations---a good time was had by all.

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11 months ago

Trail does get a little narrow at the end and it’s slightly rocky so wear closed toed shoes

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Mon Nov 07 2016

Nice trail with secluded feel.

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Sun Oct 09 2016

Rustic, quiet trail through the woods that is modestly challenging. I encountered a few mountain bikers and other occasional hikers. There are good trail markers along the way.

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Mon Sep 19 2016

I think this is a great trail for anyone looking to just get outdoors for a couple of hours. There are some steep areas but it isn't too complicated. Definitely keep an eye out for the trail signs so that you stay on the correct trail. There are several that intersect and/or break off from each other. We had no trouble seeing them though so as long as you're paying attention they are easy to spot. I really enjoyed this trail and will definitely be back!

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Fri Feb 12 2016

Nice walk added to the North Plateau Loop. Lots of crossing of other trails so you could definitely add some miles if you wanted to. Not a flat trail, but not a very strenuous climb back out. Took my geology majoring sister and she found a lot of rocks and geodes so she enjoyed it. Very few people on the trail when we went so it was nice!

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Thu Jan 07 2016

Run or walk Sinks along with one of the connecting trails for a bit more aggressive run or hike.

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Sun Jul 28 2013

Really good hike. Started and finished on this trail as we broke off and took the Stone Cut trail and the Panther Knob trail. All together it was about three miles. Nice wide trail that is also used for mountain bikes.

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Sat Jun 01 2013

Decline/ incline on both entrances. Dips into the valley and hikes along a creek bed (which was dry when we hiked it.). Goes by where the part of the hill caved and sank into its self (karst land area). Overall the landscape and sights were pretty, lots of flowers bloom a long the trail in the spring and summer. It's a short hike but the trail is rocky on the first so it feels longer. Very shaded, when it's warm, it gets humid on the trail. Less bugs on the north and south plateau loops, but sinks trail is a good hike to experience

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