Chinquapin Ridge Trail
ElevationAscent: 439' 134 m
Descent: -102' -31 m
High: 1,106' 337 m
Low: 734' 224 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
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“A beautiful traverse with river views and abundant shade.”— Kenny Slocum
A "false summit" of sorts appears as the trail levels out for a few tenths of a mile, before making one last steep climb to gain the ridge properly. From there, gently rolling hills with minimal technical difficulty allow hikers to pick up the pace. The trail follows right on the edge of the bluff, allowing spectacular views of the Mississippi to dominate the first half of this trail before the ridge meanders perpendicular to the Big River. The "overlook" portions are also dotted with mounds built by prehistoric Native Americans.
A few junctions with the Bluebird and Weeping Rock trails allow visitors to shorten or lengthen looped routes, respectively. Ignoring those junctions, the trail ends at the Homestead parking area.
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Land Manager: Iowa DNR