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Prairie Loop

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

3.2 mile 5.2 kilometer loop
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 162' 49 m
Descent: -157' -48 m
High: 981' 299 m
Low: 935' 285 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)

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Trail shared by Robert Nack

Easy trail along the edge of and through rolling prairies.

Robert Nack

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

From the north connector, head to the north along a trail that gently inclines and sweeps around to the west. You'll be in the middle of wildflowers and grasses, so take some deep breaths.

The trail passes various connectors and alternate routes. For a bit of a workout and a change of scenery consider taking the Trout Brook Loop. Staying on the trail, though, you'll pass along the edge of the prairie down until you get to some pretty good views of Afton Alps. From there head east and then back north for the home stretch.

Flora & Fauna

All through the summer various prairie wildflowers are in bloom among the tall grasses. The milkweed draws in my types of butterflies, but especially monarchs. Expect to see blue jays and other smaller songbirds darting in and out of the grass as they feast on bugs.

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Sep 2, 2019
Heidi Eyestone
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