Family and I walked the northern part of this trail started from 277th St. Shaded easy to walk trails, most of it well shaded, full of butterflies, kids had a blast

nice " rugged trails" and most of the path is shaded, however lots of mosquitos compared to other trails I have been to so just bring extra mosquito spray for the walk . My 9 and 5 year old were not happy about lots of mosquitos

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blowdown
bridge out
bugs
flooded
muddy
off trail
1 day ago

Worst trail I have ever been on. Mud and water everywhere. DO NOT GO ON THIS TRAIL.

Great ride after work. Shade for most. DSMto Cummings smooth, after that more worn and bumpy.

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private property
2 days ago

Took my two dogs on leash on this section of the trail that’s passed the campgrounds, caves and other sections. Some Forest, a small pond with a pier, open grassland area with mowed trails, very beautiful. Lots of path ways to intersect and make the hike original.

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muddy
3 days ago

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bugs
muddy
4 days ago

it’s also a horse trail so there were quite a few droppings. no shade until you reach the forest. in the forest there are a lot of bugs. it was really humid so the dogs were tired but there are nice water spots on the side for them to cool off.

Fun trail! Kid friendly, flat. We took the little trail to the water which was a hidden gem!!

June 20, 2020 hiked. Was very beautiful, lush forest with a variety of dirt, rock and steep trails. The park maps don’t call out the loop name so it was confusing looking for that trail name on their map after finding it on here. Definitely download the map before you go as you don’t get service there and some of the intersections don’t have signs.

Such a gorgeous trail! I did Pine Trail and Prairie Trail! I don’t know why it made me select the Loop. I’m posting photos and updates about trails on my Instagram jackiefetteriowa!

With packs

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11 days ago

best trail at Jester Park. very well maintained.

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13 days ago

There is live wire fence. Don’t make the mistake we did and bump into it. Nice little jolt through your body.

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bugs
no shade
13 days ago

Easy, well maintained trail. We took the loop counterclockwise and hit the wooded area quickly. Then end of the trail was open and not shaded. Since we went the day after rain there were swarms of mosquitoes and gnats in the wooded area but it was manageable. Suggest not doing this trail in the heat of day due to the lack of shade. All in all a nice trail for a family hike!!

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muddy
14 days ago

The trail itself was very fun and scenic, not too difficult except for a few short but fairly steep hills. However, the trail sign was confusing as it appeared that the longest trail was 2 miles, but to get the total distance you need to add up multiple distances shown on the map. Be cautious coming here after rain. I came here after some light rain the day before, but parts of the trail were muddy and the mosquitoes were terrible. Definitely bring bug spray because this trail has some of the worst mosquitoes I’ve seen.

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bugs
muddy
17 days ago

Great short hike, with tons of foliage and shade. There were a few muddy spots, but they were easy to maneuver around. No ticks, and the trail is very well maintained. But the mosquitoes were horrible. I wore 40% deet spray (to prevent getting ticks) and they were even attacking me through that. 10+ at a time for about have the trail. Two other hikers even turned around due to how bad they were. If you are going to hike it around now, I would recommend tons of high deet, and maybe a long sleeved shirt and pants.

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off trail
over grown
18 days ago

This was awful. The trail didn’t make any sense. It didn’t follow the paved trail barely at all, but went through random grass patches and called it a “trail.” Terrible experience.

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bugs
no shade
over grown
18 days ago

This trail isn’t for beginners. Wear long pants or the nettles will make you wish you had. There are growing trees, nettles, grasses, you name it that are waist high. It is SO worth it! There are off trails that you can go on as well. Love love love this place

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