High Trestle Trail

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High Trestle Trail is a 24.8 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Ankeny, Iowa that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 24.8 miles Elevation Gain: 426 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

road biking

trail running

walking

partially paved

river

views

wild flowers

trail running
4 days ago

It’s a beautiful trail, very flat and fresh to run, you can make long distances. I love it!

road biking
1 month ago

The High Trestle Trail is just an amazing biking and walking trail just outside of Des Moines. It’s a flat, all paved concrete and asphalt, and about 26+ miles overall. My recording will show more time and mileage because I made several stops along the way and rode the Heart of Iowa Nature Trail for a bit as well. This is my 3rd ride on this trail and I never get tired of it. There are rest stops along the way with water and restrooms, tire pumps and bike repair stations, and several small towns with restaurants and breweries like Slater and Madrid. Of course the Trestle bridge is the highlight and be sure to ride it during the day, and enjoy the blue LED lights at night. It was a great day for riding and depending upon which way the wind is blowing you’re sure to have a headwind or tailwind in the open stretches but just take your time and enjoy the ride!

road biking
1 month ago

Nicely paved trail. Mostly flat. Summer months you will find a headwinds when going from Woodward to Ankeny. Nice places to stop along the way (3 of them). Can easily be done, round trip, in about 3 hours.

road biking
2 months ago

Great trail for all levels. This is our favorite trail to ride

hiking
2 months ago

This isn’t a hike as much as just a trail. The bridge is the neatest part! Gets pretty busy in the warmer months.

2 months ago

Well kept, cement, enjoyable bike ride through beautiful scenery.

hiking
blowdown
3 months ago

was a cool trail, wind was bad!! but worth the drive out

9 months ago

nice ride

walking
11 months ago

We just did a short walk to the bridge. It appears to be a moderate trafficked trail. We are going to bike this trail soon!

11 months ago

Great trail!! Easy riding on a paved fairly level path and beautiful scenery! The bridge is gorgeous and we liked all of the stops with historical information.

road biking
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Just a really nice, easy ride. The half of the trail between Slater and Woodward is a better ride than Slater to Ankeny, and not just because of the bridge. It’s just more scenic and more beverage stops if you’re so inclined.

trail running
Friday, January 12, 2018

Love this spot. Loving running along the trail and watching the sunrise and coming back and see it set :)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

great ride. great bars along trail. great food also. well maintained trail

Monday, June 19, 2017

nice Scenic well-maintained concrete trail with nice bars and places to eat along the way

Sunday, May 07, 2017

My usual trail, started riding last summer, always have a great ride on this trail

walking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

easy trail with a cool bridge to see at night

Monday, July 18, 2016

Enjoyed the ride.

road biking
Sunday, May 11, 2014

Very enjoyable ride. The view @ Sunset over the bridge, then the progression into dusk as the lights come on @ bridge .. - Unbeatable .

hiking
Friday, February 21, 2014

Excellent trail! Well maintained, various entrance points and a gorgeous bridge that lights up at night! We visited in late January on a mild day and it wasn't crowded at all! Great for bikes, runners, walkers and dogs! Love it!!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The High Trestle Trail is a multi-use trail that runs from Ankeny, IA to Woodward, IA, a distance of roughly 25 miles. Nicely paved and includes Madrid and Slater as well as the beginning and ending towns. Good food and watering stops along the way. Excellent views of the Des Moines River Valley as you cross the area high above on the Trestle Trail. We enjoy biking the trail.

road biking
Sunday, July 01, 2012

Awesome trail! Great views from the High Trestle Bridge overlooking the Des Moines River Valley. Trail is fairly flat and great for both the serious cyclist AND families out on an adventure. Be sure to stop at Flat Tire Lounge for lunch and a cold beverage!

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