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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
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
4 months ago

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

road biking
5 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
9 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.

hiking
9 months ago

Real pretty colors in fall, definitely a busy place.

road biking
11 months ago

gets very crowded during the weekends..

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Camp was great. Weather was Great. Company was great. Hikes were decent. Location for training for a Big Expedition was Astronomical. There isn't a whole lot of "events" on these loops however there is a great mixture of ups and downs, in and outs, back and forths. I recommend this area to any beginning backpacker looking to train and condition for something bigger. Saw a few bottles and trash in the "Lost Lake" area .5 miles south before the road turns to gravel, make a left and follow the signs. It's a nice unwind. Not Spectacular but definitely not a place to pass up for a nice overnighter. The energy is great in this park.

Outstanding Hike

There are LOTS of stairs...be prepared! Great views and scenery throughout. This has been the best hike my wife and I have been on since we got back from Colorado. If hiking on the weekends, I would suggest heading out early to get decent parking and avoid the crowds. Lots of trail options...some unmarked. The maps provided at the trail heads are a bit confusing...and may not be to scale...its hard to tell with all the stairs.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Great for riding fun to all.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Amazing views for such an easy short trail!

Great day for a hike

hiking
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Beautiful Hike!

hiking
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Beautiful Hike!

hiking
Friday, May 12, 2017

Beautiful and peaceful in the spring. A lot of opportunities to go off the main trail and explore.

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