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Beautiful hike, even in mid-February!

Absolutely beautiful

The views of the Mississippi are amazing and the Indian Burial Mounds are breathtaking! It truly a beautiful path and peaceful trail.

4 months ago

This trail in Pikes Peak offers some of the best views of the Mississippi in Northeast Iowa. It's a very wooded covered trail that incorporates about 1/2 a mile of wooden steps up to a large rock and small waterfall called Bridal Veil Falls at the start of the hike. If you have bad knees or cannot climb stairs I would not do this trail. The rest of trail is beautiful and offers amazing quite views of the river and Indian Burial Mounds. On several occasions we have seen many deer and wildlife here.

4 months ago

Real pretty colors in fall, definitely a busy place.

Very beautiful! Especially in the fall. Lots of caves to explore, both big and small. Be prepared for some good cardio, lots of stairs and hills. To hike all the trails took us approximately 3 hours. Would definitely go back!⭐️

Love! My absolute favorite!

I hiked Sentinal loop with my dog. It was 1.5 miles with lots of ups and downs. There have been a lot of storms this summer so many trees were down across the path. It was a bit of a workout.

lots of fun up and down with plenty of caves to look into

7 months ago

The centerpiece of the Mines of Spain area, which altogether is a fantastic series of trails. They are all wide and easy to follow, alternating between forests and tallgrass prairies.

The main bluff trail doesn't take you quite all the way to the top of the bluffs, but it takes you in between them and right along side for some great views of the rock faces. I recommend taking the loop counter-clockwise from the parking lot. You'll pass a small wetlands conservation areas before turning into the bluffs, then climbing up several tiers to reach the observation area. The walk to the parking lot is short after that.

Great trail for an easy walk. Travel the loop counter clockwise and camp at the last camp. It's an awesome little open grass field with great shade trees and a good creek for collecting water. I did this trail in a few hours with my 14 year old son...so needless to say it's a pretty easy walk. Very enjoyable and I would do it again.

The trails were really easy for our family with young children and there were a lot of cool caves to explore. It was fairly clean and nice facilities.

Very easy, but actually quite a variety and an adventure!

Great place to hike and explore!

Awesome trail. Lots of caves to explore including a huge walk through one. This map helped alot to keep us in the right path. The trails aren't well marked. This 1.7 mile path took us about 3 hours which included plenty of water breaks. We will definitely go again to explore more of the trails.

14 caves and 6.6 miles

Kids of 8 and 5 had no problem handling the trail. Great views and short enough for the kids to thoroughly enjoy.

Great short hike if you avoid this trail map. The trail on the map takes you west of the bluff. However it's possible to get on top and of the bluff itself. True top has well worn trails and amazing views of the river. If you start taking a right on the trail from the parking lot as you approach the bluff you will see a side trail to the right that will take you straight up. If you start to the left you will see a rock cropping just past the binoculars you can climb right up. Really cool.

We backpacked the Aspen trail in the north section of the park and stayed at primitive site A. This trip included me, my best friend and two of our daughters. We arrived on a Saturday morning and all 3 primitive sites were available. I suspect that the sites are pretty much always open. This was a shakedown backpacking trip for us so we wanted a short trail. The Aspen trail at 1.1 miles fit the bill. The trail is wide but mostly uphill. You come to an intersection with a pit toilet and signs to the primitive sites. Each site has a fire ring with a grill and a picnic table. Plenty of flat area to pitch two tents. After we set up our site, we hiked the Bittersweet trail back to the main campground to retrieve bug spray from our car. The bugs were pretty bad. We drove down to the south part of the park and hiked half of the Sunset trail. The part we went on was not on the bluffs but had very challenging ups and downs.
It was very hot out and buggy but we had a great time. Good place to test out your backpack equipment.

The trails are wide and easy. The man made waterfall at the dam spillway is cool to see, and the lake is beautiful.

Love coming out here during the summer. This is probably one of my favorite places to camp close to Madison and I love the trails. When your up on the bluffs you have great views of the campsite and creek below. The "bluff trail" being my favorite as you can find delicious chanterelles up there (and angry wasps too haha) if you know what your looking for... They pop up all long the trail. Just save some for me please! Speaking of, this area is a hot bed for fungi hunters, found a nice chicken of the woods and a few other random edibles while out. Lots of good memories out here with my dog and my girlfriend hiking the bluffs.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Pretty Falls, lots of stairs, short and steep, you won't be alone there.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Stunning views of the rivers but pretty crowded, you won't be alone there. Steps to the Falls are pretty. Stop in town of McGregor for lunch and shopping.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Beautiful view, you feel like you are in Colorado. Be sure to do the horseshoe part, many people just don't know that it's there at the Mines of Spain and miss out on it.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Some of Iowa's best hiking trails. Amazing views of the Mississippi River. Well-maintained trails that are well marked. there are two sections of trails. The north section starts at the visitor center. the trailhead for the South section is a short drive down the road from The Visitor Center. a nice Visitor Center that is staffed with a park ranger. It's a small Museum that gives the history of the Indian mounds. There are nice indoor bathrooms and a fountain for filling up water bottles inside the visitor center. it's a moderately strenuous hike up the bluff to get to the Indian mounds on either section. Pets are allowed but must be leashed. I would definitely go again.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Great view from north end. Great example of limestone cliffs. Look for owls,

Beautiful sunset and not much hiking to find

Great time hiking Pikes Peak area. Nice scenery including the waterfall, rock outcrook and the view over the river. Saw several deer as wellZ.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Very nice out and back trail with incredible veiws of the mississippi river. The trails we just starting to get busy as we finished up at noon on Sunday.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Had a great weekend at yellow river. We hiked about 15 mi Saturday and only saw one other person out trail running the whole time and the weather was fantastic. We did see a few horse riders. The trails are very easy most are set up for horses. The Bluff view trail had gret views of the river and big paint camp ground. There was alot of water in the streams we forded the river twice in almost knee deep fast moving water which was fun. Camp ground was nice and well kept. Primitive toilets and no running water, not a problem for us but thought other might want to know.

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