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    Librarian B reviewed Brushy Creek Lake Trail

    7 months ago

    This trail is a little hard to follow in a few locations. Just remember, the trail essentially goes around the lake, so if you don't know which way to go, it turns out that taking the option nearest the lake is usually (but not always) going to be the correct way. I got on the wrong trail 2 times during my hike, but within 10 minutes realized I wasn't on the correct trail so quickly backtracked and was okay. Its not that the trail is hard to follow, its that at some intersections there simply are no signs so you don't know which trail to take.

    The trail itself is so-so. I liked it because it is hard to find a (hiking) trail longer than, say, 7 miles, in Iowa. The trail itself is just okay in my opinion. My dog got a bloody paw by the end of the hike. Nearly the entire trail is gravel, I think that was why it was tough on her paws. This trail is shared with equestrians, which seems to be very popular at this location judging by the many horses I saw at the part where you need to walk through the equestrian campground. On trail, however, I only saw 5 horses, 1 group of 3 and 1 couple. The vast majority of this hiking trail I was alone, except when I came across areas near parking lots, where many fisherman can be found.

    Although this is a loop around the lake, you actually do not see the lake very often. That was okay by me, as it was jam packed with fishing boats anyhow. I did enjoy the hike, but nothing all that special really popped out. I will absolutely be going back to explore some of the other hiking trails at Brushy Creek, and maybe redo this hike as well.

    Note: the maps from the Recreation Area itself refers to this trail as the Lake Trail. However, while on the trails, this name is only used in the southern portion south of the dam. For the rest of the trail, the labels/directionals on the trail refer to it as the "All Weather Trail"

    Tick Count: 7 on the dog, 3 on me... that was found

    Librarian B reviewed Lake Ahquabi State Park Loop

    7 months ago

    This is quite the popular lake, busy with partiers and boaters/fisherman. I started the trail in the primary parking lot going clockwise around the lake. I saw maybe like 20 people during my hike. The trail itself is very nice. But then I got around almost to the end and you come across the campgrounds. Where to go then? I didn't really like trudging through a busy campground very much. If I were to do this again, I'd do an almost full loop, turn around and retrace the other direction.

    Librarian B reviewed Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve Loop

    7 months ago

    Jacob Krumm offers 2 loop routes with a connector trail on the far end. This set of trails can be accessed from 2 different points, so you can choose either loop if you just want to do one. I really like these trails very much. Each loop has a different feel to it. The trails are 10-12 feet wide and primarily mowed grass.

    The west loop features a small lake. On one side it is mostly wooded and the trail leads up to a nice little overlook. A short spur trail leads up even further if one would like. The other side of the lake the trail goes up to the top of a hill, which is covered in typical Iowa prairie wildflowers.

    The short connector trail is very steep in one spot and there is a stream with a bridge and some benches near there as well. It is a nice spot to take a 5 or 10 minute break.

    The east loop is primarily Iowa prairies with a wooded section on the east half. There is a nice overlook of some picturesque corn fields and you can see pretty far, with a wind turbine and water tower way off in the distance. There is a little pond near the parking area for the eastern loop as well.

    Librarian B reviewed Heart of Iowa Nature Trail

    8 months ago

    I rode the section of trail from Maxwell to just past Cambridge (~7 miles one way) on a hybrid bike. The unpaved trail is about 90% hard surface, crushed limestone but at some road crossings it is paved for 50 or 100 yards on either side of the crossing. The other 10% is variable between slightly soft to “my legs are burning my legs are burning!” soft soft sand. One section was so bad that there is a trail starting to form in the side grass (which is supposed to be for equestrians) where many bikes couldn’t take the softness and instead switched to the grass side. The evidence is quite damning.

    This trail is primarily “open”, so in mid-summer very few shady areas. Both sides of the trail are predominantly corn fields. There are some trees and a stream or two and some boggy areas, but they aren’t attractive or picturesque in any way at all. I could possibly ride it again someday, but only because it is close to where I live. To many soft spots in combination with bad scenery make this a low priority trail in my book (for biking). However, if I want somewhere close for a walk with my dog on something that isn't paved, I may revisit it.

    Throughout my 14 mile ride (first warm day of spring, on a weekend) I encountered 1 jogger, a couple with their dog, and 1 equestrian.

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