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Tue Feb 12 2019

very nice

Tue Feb 12 2019

nice trail easy

hiking
Thu Feb 07 2019

One of my favorite spots for eagle watching in the winter months.

hiking
Thu Feb 07 2019

Nothing no to exciting and very buggy.

hiking
Sat Feb 02 2019

Snowshoes would’ve been great out here today. I did the lakeside loop. Really beautiful place. I’ll be back.

hiking
Sat Feb 02 2019

Nice hike and views of Saylorville. Easy to follow path, even in the winter when you can follow snowmobile tracks.

hiking
snow
Sat Jan 26 2019

washed out
Sat Jan 26 2019

Nic loop rail for running and fitness with exercise stations along the route. Trail can be impassable during flooding.

hiking
off trail
snow
Fri Jan 18 2019

Went to this trail on 1/15/19 in the snow and spotted four bald eagles, tons of different types of woodpeckers. In the snow there was a wide variety of paw prints from local animals. Extremely peaceful.

hiking
bridge out
muddy
Wed Jan 16 2019

cross country skiing
Wed Jan 16 2019

snowshoeing
Sun Jan 13 2019

Did a nice out and back on the trail today with snowshoes. Not quite enough snow but still a great trip. The snow was pretty, the birds were singing and the creek was lovely. Bonus, I meet a very nice dog :)

hiking
Sun Jan 13 2019

Went beginning of January, on an unseasonably warm day. We got there midmorning, and only met one person. The trail itself was easy and generally well-marked. Our only wish was that the mounds were marked - we initially weren't sure if we had stumbled on them or if they were just small hills. Otherwise, a scenic and quiet hike.

running
Thu Jan 10 2019

Fast and smooth trail great for getting a quick run in while in the city.

running
Thu Jan 10 2019

Fun loop with lots of up and down hill. I run this trail year round. It can be muddy if it has rained or a warm winter day. The horse tracks make some sections fairly technical. There are a few water crossings that will get your feet wet.

Tue Jan 08 2019

The trails are completely overgrown. When you hike even with trail maps you're cutting your own way. I would not recommend this trail.

running
Tue Jan 08 2019

This loop isn’t near as worn in as the other loop on the west side of the road where parking is. Fall and winter months can be a little more difficult to see the trail with all the leaves on the ground. I prefer to run the trails in Whitebreast and Lucas Units. They are more technical and scenic.

running
Tue Jan 08 2019

I run or bike it several times a week. It’s rail to trail so it’s straight and flat. Surface is fine rock/dirt that stays smooth most of the time. It can be very muddy after rain and during warm winter days. I haven’t been west of Derby since there isn’t much of a trail left. There are quite a few bridges and a nice covered bridge just over 6 miles from Chariton and Derby is about 10 miles out. Watch out for raised nails on some of the bridges.

road biking
Tue Jan 08 2019

Paved, long and straight.

running
Tue Jan 08 2019

It’s just over 4 miles if you loop the lake without getting away from it on the other trails. I’ve only ran this in the winter, when no one else is around. It’s mostly dirt and can be muddy.

running
Tue Jan 08 2019

Great trail to run with all different types of terrain and a few moderate hills.

hiking
Mon Jan 07 2019

Starts on a field edge but once you get to the acutal trailhead, it's easy to follow. The entire trail follows a ridge line so there are some beautiful views. Just a note: This is not in the Mondamin Unit of the forest. It's in the Preparation Canyon Unit of the forest.

hiking
Mon Jan 07 2019

Very pretty moderate hike. Icicles hanging from the caverns made for a beautiful views. Worth doing in the winter - fewer leaves means better views of the bluffs.

Sun Jan 06 2019

Very well maintained trails and gorgeous fields of Iowa Sunflowers!

Sun Dec 30 2018

We started at the west side of the park and had a really great hike. The trail was wide, very well marked, even with distance walked information. We went in just over two miles and turned around, looking forward to going back and entering from another location to see what we missed. Winter time, so no tick trouble but with all the great timber, they should be expected during warm weather. Great for dogs as well, we had our two with us. :)

Wed Dec 19 2018

For an infrequent biker, this has been challenging for many years. I’ve done the entire trail only twice. Wish it could have continued into Missouri.

running
Tue Dec 11 2018

Great trail! Will definitely do it again. Wish it had route markings or maps at the forks - I get turned around easily.

bird watching
Mon Dec 10 2018

Lots and lots of eagles on December 8, 2018. Also Canada geese and American mergansers.

hiking
Fri Dec 07 2018

Brisk 25 degrees weather. Ground is frozen and the lake has a cover of ice on it. Good hike, the foot bridges need some TLC.

hiking
Thu Nov 22 2018

Spent Thanksgiving afternoon hiking this loop. Initial ascent from visitors center may be steep for some but rest of hike is flat and scenic. A bald eagle soared above us at Third Scenic View. Definitely do the Fire Pointe loop (not shown on this map).

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