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I went last weekend. the pond is drained and there is a significant amount of work being done around the trail. the paths are mostly closed as of 9/2018. I'm sure they will be open and great in the future but it was a disappointment for now.

Great hike. Gorgeous and nice elevation challenge. I threw in the exercise stations to up the difficulty . Nice touch

closed due to earlier flooding.

trail running
1 month ago

Beautiful, fun trail, but due to recent flooding couldn’t stay on the trail - lots of debris. But still enjoyed the area!

The path is very poorly marked. But when you figure out where you’re going, it’s a great trail. Nice to be near the water, there were several look out areas with seating. The paths varied in width and incline, which was a nice mix. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves.

Easy walk around the lake on a wide paved path. Dogs on leash, but had fun in the lake.

Beautiful trail. Would have been 5 stars if it was marked better with signs, etc.

Great run off trails good views of DSM and West Des Moines from the Dam, just wish it was a loop. Highway miles at the end to complete.

off road driving
4 months ago

Drive through some grass trails that I believe were for hiking. Oh well! The lake is dry due to reconstruction.

4 months ago

As of June 2018, much of the park is under construction.

trail running
5 months ago

Nice trail for a run. Makes you feel far away from the hustle and bustle. Had to make some detours due to a small area of flooding, but that made it even more scenic.

Relatively flat and wide so not very interesting for hiking, but it's quiet and the trail is long so there's plenty of time for reflection in nature.

Perfect weather and no loose dogs today.

I used to come fishing here quite a bit.. sad to see the lake is gone. There are some other smaller ponds around the trails I noticed. In terms of hiking, the trails are pretty and variable, though can be tricky to spot at times off the gravel paths / roadways.

I love taking the dog out here to get some air. Sometimes we run it and other times we just walk it and enjoy the sunset. It's got a beautiful view of the city. Very dog friendly. I've only been here in the winter but we love it.

10 months ago

trail running
10 months ago

Long trail, fairly flat, with tall grasses and water views along the way. I appreciated the drive as much as the run. Really felt like I was getting away from it all.

Great trail! Scenery was nice with winding paths, bridges, rock formations and the large body of water visible throughout most of the trail. Looking forward to hiking this trail again! Great trail for Hawkeyes to visit when they need a few hours of relaxation!

One of the best trails for trail running with a canine companion - trails are wide enough for both of us and we love the trees and lookout points over the water. So pretty!

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Loved the rolling hills and dense forest. Nice unpaved trails for hiking and well marked. Loved the views of the lake from bluffs above. Close to Iowa City. Will definitely come back when in town next.

Nice pet friendly trail. Plenty of tree cover most of the way. Can be a busy trail.

Monday, July 31, 2017

nice scenic trail, wooded areas but also opens up. Easy walk and hardly any hills.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

No lake there, which was sad. Otherwise, super pretty field and tons of flat trail to hike.

Great views of the river. Saturday late morning hike was fairly busy.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Busy but very dog friendly

It's a really good trail that I would do again very soon. Easy

Sunday, May 21, 2017

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