Explore Iowa Trails - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Iowa Trails Map
VIEW FULL MAP
1 month ago

Nice trail, watch your footing for rocks and roots.

West Lake Trail is one of my favorites in this part of Iowa. Very scenic hike along the low bluff under a canopy of maples and oaks.

road biking
1 month ago

Very scenic trail. Crushed limestone makes the trail easy on the body. Must-do for bikers is the Taco Ride on Thursday nights.

Great trail and fantastic views. Amazing in the fall. The stairs can get slick if it’s rainy, but worth the time to hike.

hiking
1 month ago

This is an easy, somewhat short trail that is well marked and features a wide path (about 6 feet across) and a few short, rocky ledges to stair step up (no scrambles where you would have to use your hands to climb). However, please know that at some points there is a sheer drop of over 100 ft on either side of the path. There have been more than a few cases of people getting too close to the edge for whatever reason and falling to their death. Too many times it was a child who died because they stray too far from mom or dad and just don't realize the risks they take. Don't get me wrong. The trail is very safe and easy to hike. But if you take kids with then make sure they exercise some caution just the same. The trail is short but takes longer to hike than you might think due to the frequent overlooks and interesting rock features along the way.

Unless you plan to hold their hands the whole time, do not take littles on this trail. There are cliffs on either side of the bottleneck. That being said, the same cliffs offer stunning views of the Maquoketa River on either side. It is a nice, easy, short hike if you are in the area.

I’m gonna argue with the easy rating -those steps are rough! But a fun quick hike. Def busy

It was fun my dad and I had a great time

Lots of frequent elevation change (600 ft is a net change), very poorly marked trail with markers only at trailhead or when it crossed a campground. There were no trail markers or distance markers, lots of lose rock and frequent forks to lose you way and your footing. On the plus side, some fantastic views and scenery along the way, just watch the transition from West Lake trail to East Lake trail. You have to find it yourself.

One of the best views in Iowa!

My favorite place to do my long runs! Friendly people. Lots of bicyclists. Well mannered users. There is a port-a-potty at the start and at mile 6. Not sure beyond that. Lots of benches to stop along the way. Love this place!

Pretty but got to watch out for the roots, rocks, and steep climb on the trails.

paddle sports
4 months ago

Water skied on this lake years ago. Pleasant lake that used to be a bend on the Missouri river.

on Backbone Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail with lots of spots to breakaway from the trail to explore further

Awesome app! Would not be able to find best trailheads without it. It really got our family out into nature

Bring your water and bug spray! Quick, scenic and enjoyable short hike.

Little close to the highway for my liking.

Great trail by Iowa’s standards! Compared to Colorado yah no

hiking
8 months ago

if your at backbone go ahead and hit this trail. great views and easy 40 min hike

road biking
8 months ago

Did the taco ride so only about 11 miles of it but its always a beautiful ride. The trees look very beautiful in the fall.

Beautiful hike, even in mid-February!

Interesting history, well maintained, great views, trail well laid out. No camping but it is available just a few miles south at Pike's peak SP.

I feel like this special place is a one time thing for me. Steep in the beginning but gets easier as you walk on. The mounds are interesting and you get to see lots of them. Also has a great scenic view of the Mississippi River. The trail is good to see this historic site and what it's all about.

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

hiking
Friday, November 03, 2017

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.

hiking
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Real pretty colors in fall, definitely a busy place.

road biking
Saturday, September 09, 2017

gets very crowded during the weekends..

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Load More