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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.

hiking
21 days ago

People put their kayaks in here and it is a lovely trail by the creek but it can be a little buggy, of course.

Beautiful view, you feel like you are in Colorado. Be sure to do the horseshoe part, many people just don't know that it's there at the Mines of Spain and miss out on it.

hiking
2 months ago

Great view from north end. Great example of limestone cliffs. Look for owls,

Great birding trail. Savannas, Catfish Creek, upland and lowland forest. Unique ferns.

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

hiking
5 months ago

good views of the Mississippi. It's a great little hike if you're looking to get outside for and hour or so.

This trail has heavy foot traffic but was still very clean. The trail winds through an area with steep bluffs on each side. From there you can choose to climb to the second and third level trails. It is not a long trail, but the sights are unique for this part of the world.

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.

hiking
8 months ago

The straighter, creekside portion of the loop is a wide and flat path. The other side of the loop consists of some brisk climbing up and then down the ridge on stair paths. When we hiked the blackberries were in bloom and were plentiful.

Was ok.