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Nice hike. Steep rocky downhill at first, then gradual the rest of the way. Beautiful forest especially down at the bottom.

hiking
16 days ago

Would hike in the fall when the leaves are changing. I took North Plateau to McKay Hollow to Fire Tower route and it was a more gradual elevation change coming back up.

hiking
16 days ago

The stone cuts you get to walk through are as cool as you'd imagine!

We made a loop out of this trail so it would be easier on our knees for the way back up. We parked in the lot and took north platuea to the trail head. It starts out with steep boulders but the trail is very well marked. At the bottom there is a nice flat area to catch your breath before the gentle trek up. The end of the trail meets with the South plateau loop which we took to the fire trail to get back to the car. Overall an amazing hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for a hike/run. I did the McKay Hollow Trail to the Southern Plateau Trail to make a loop out of it. The start of the trail (coming in by small pavilion and water fall) is quite steep, lots of rocks, boulders, and roots.

The long, flat section in the hollow makes for a great section to run. Ascending up out of the hollow to the South Plateau Trail is a fairly easy gradual ascent.

Once you make it up to the South Plateau Trail, you’re home free with a flat, easy trail to finish up with a run. Great workout that took me approximately two hours to complete.

Saw two bucks, both had nice racks, and three does. They didn’t give much of an opportunity for pictures. I did get a great shot of a doe eating grass on the side of the road while driving back home, though! Ha! But of course!

I was with a group of 5 when we decided to try this trail. We started off on another trail, the white, I believe, to get to this one. That one prior was a quick three mile and pretty flat; we started there because we parked at the main pavilion (first parking on right).

As soon as we started on the McKay Hollows Trail it quickly got rocky. Starting from where we were, it first went down the mountain, great scenery and not terrible. Going uphill, was another story. The trail is hard to follow since you are walking on just rocks and tree roots. Sometimes the rocks were color coded for the trail.

For the 4.4 mile trail, it took us about two hours, perhaps under. The last 30 minutes it was getting dark so we had to slow down just a bit.

Overall a good trail, dogs would love it, go in the morning or at a time where you can have a good slow pace.

walking
1 month ago

Not so much a hike but a nice walk in the woods, a few good views.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Tough at some parts, but that’s the point! Lots of fun and plenty of resting parts/shelters.

Pretty easy. What I’ve come to find on these trails is A: don’t take the bypass, and B: check your AllTrails map at junctions. Id most defiantly take 5+ year old on this trail as the rocks portion is cool with small “caves” to go through.

hiking
5 months ago

Really beautiful trail
The stones are a hidden gem
Good little workout ascending out and up

beautiful!

hiking
8 months ago

Trail is very well marked as are all trails in Monte Sano Park. The cuts are beautiful, lots of i cycles when we hiked it a couple of weeks ago. Also saw three whitetail deer as an added bonus. Trail has some vertical to it but overall leans towards the easy side. Great hike!

Great

hiking
9 months ago

One of my favorite trails on Monte Sano, because of the climb back to the North Plateau trail at the end (though the older I get, the slower I go here). The good thing about this loop is that you can tailor it to your desires depending on which way you go -- the descent /ascent at the South Plateau trail is long and steady; the descent / ascent at the North Plateau is steep and rocky.

hiking
9 months ago

Really fun trail!

great hike, my daughter's had a blast

hiking
10 months ago

Great Trail. You have to access the Stone Cuts trail via the Sinks Trail, which I did not understand prior to embarking. I spent my childhood in the woods riding four wheelers and camping; but only recently began hiking as a hobby. The Stone Cuts were really awesome and not that difficult for my 60 year old parents, my nearly 3 year old daughter, and myself to navigate and "conquer." Next time I travel back home to Huntsville, I believe it will be a lot of fun to embark on the other trails on Monte Sano and the surrounding area. And thank you to all the reviewers who provided information on the trail(s).

hiking
10 months ago

A nice 2 mile easy/moderate walk. We did NOT do the entire loop. After walking through Stone Cuts Trail (main section of cool rocks/ledge) we returned looped back around by taking the Stone Cuts Bypass.

Tip:
Stark at parking lot.
Head north east on the Sinks Trail.
Pass the Mountain Mist Trail crossing.
At the next intersection (three benches) take a left (away from Goat Trail). You will see the sign for Stone Cut Trail about 20 yards away.

hiking
11 months ago

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Had a little bit of everything. Moderate workout. Despite holiday weekend we only saw one other hiker. And.. it has caves. Coolness.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

One of my favorites within this great state park!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Cool rock formations

Sunday, August 20, 2017

A pleasant surprise given the relative tameness of Monte Sano. Walking though the caves and along the bottom the cliffs is what every adventurer lives for. If you find this trail, you'll spread the word and tell your friends.
Rock climbing here is a challenge, as there are some opportunities for some good climbing, but be warned. There are many loose rocks, and a lot of vegetation. I spent about 6 hours here one day climbing from the bottom of the cliff, and found dozens of places to test my limits. No ropes required, but it is high enough that you'll be badly injured if you fall.
This will give you an idea of the kind of area it is. I went out for a weekend hike here, and when I arrived at about 11 in the morning, there was a small group of 20-somethings getting high up on top of one of the cave roofs.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

A nice hike and the bugs weren't bad at all. Wish I would have brought my trail runners because the trail network is perfect for running. Good hike!

hiking
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

I was surprised that there was a $5 parking fee so i don't know I'll go back to do this hike. As cool as the Stone Cuts portion of the hike was, there are so many other awesome trails around I can use at no cost.

Two portions of Stone Cuts actually take you through darkish tunnels which I call Hell No Holes 1 and 2. I'd have enjoyed that portion of the hike better if I wasn't hiking alone.

I also hiked Panther Knob Trail to Keith Trail. A lot of Panther Knob Trail was over grown and I had to guess my way a couple of times but having the app was helpful in making sure I didn't get lost.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Easy trail and has connecting trails to explore.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

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.

hiking
Saturday, April 22, 2017

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

Saturday, April 15, 2017

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.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

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

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