hiking
11 days ago

An easy stroll that takes you through forests and along the edges of tallgrass prairie. I encountered two other hikers on a Tuesday afternoon, one of whom had her dogs with her. The trail is wide enough to easily drive an ATV through (presumably how they maintain it) and never particularly steep. Birds, butterflies, and squirrels abound. The forested sections had mosquitoes swarms which forced you to keep moving.

Unfortunately the trail does not take you to any scenic views of the river. But it is still pleasant.

From the lower parking lot up to the monument is a fine climb through forest along the edge of steep hills. The trail is wide and easy to walk, so all the difficulty comes in the vertical climb. The worst parts have stairs.

The view at the top is spectacular, but there is a parking lot at the top so don't expect an isolated pinnacle. Two large families were there when I hiked up, so the beautiful view had a commotion next to it.

Beautiful view from Julien monument but watch out on the roads down below for the water treatment plants that are a bit smelly if you get stuck walking around them.

hiking
5 months ago

People put their kayaks in here and it is a lovely trail by the creek but it can be a little buggy, of course.

hiking
7 months ago

Trail also continues down north side of ridge down to Riprow Vallay. great view from the JD Monument.

Great birding trail. Savannas, Catfish Creek, upland and lowland forest. Unique ferns.

hiking
10 months ago

Saturday, June 25, 2016

hiking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

This is a short trail that climbs from the parking area to the monument. You could always drive up to the monument, but where is the fun in that? From the lower parking area you first climb some metal stairs, and then continue to climb up the ravine to the upper parking area. From there it is a short walk down a paved path to the small "castle" monument. You cannot go inside the castle, but the view of the river and of Dubuque from the monument is spectacular.

hiking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

The straighter, creekside portion of the loop is a wide and flat path. The other side of the loop consists of some brisk climbing up and then down the ridge on stair paths. When we hiked the blackberries were in bloom and were plentiful.