Rainbow Mountain Loop Trail

MODERATE 146 reviews

Rainbow Mountain Loop Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Madison, Alabama that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
406 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

1 day ago

This is a decent trail run. The Rainbow Mountain Loop itself is pretty well marked. I've found the best run starts in the parking lot by the big water tower, so you're running in a counter-clockwise direction if looking down in the trail from above. The run down the mountain is tricky in spots, but that's what it's all about, right?? Once you start up, there are two distinct sections that will challenge you. The run lasts anywhere from 40 to 50 minutes at a slow to moderate pace.

hiking
3 days ago

Coming from WA this was very different. Every layer up the mountain has a different sound. Every layer had different underbush as well. The neddles disappeared after a short time. We took a off beaten pathway straight to the top and listened to the creek to find our way back down. The dog was right, we should have listened to him. Stopped and picked up some good local moonshine at Mad County Distillery off Castle and Slaughter on the way back. There's obviously some Aholes that think is ok to pollute by throwing their water bottles. Don't let me catch u. Pack it in, pack it out.

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Rock formations along the western portion of the trail are an added bonus.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

This trail is good when you don't have much time but want to break a sweat. There are a few steeper parts but I think anyone should be able to handle it. I did see a snake there once and it was about 4 feet long so that freaked me out.

2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Scenic and challenging. Just the right length for a good workout, but you can also make it longer adding the Jamooka ? Trail?
No real water features, just trickles.

2 months ago

2 months ago

Fun but it's easy to get if trail of you're not careful!!

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail for after work quick workout, enough incline to raise your heart rate, enough flat to enjoy scenery.