Julien Dubuque Monument Foot Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews

Julien Dubuque Monument Foot Trail is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dubuque, Iowa that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

0.7 miles
137 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


The trail is short but steep. From the lower parking area you begin with a section of metal stairs that are well kept. The path then continues uphill. After a rain the path may be difficult and slick. When you reach the top, a short traverse along a parking area will take you to the paved path that leads to the monument. You then reverse course to return to the parking area.

8 months ago

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.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

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.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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

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.

1 hour ago

11 months ago

Tuesday, January 03, 2017