West Lake Trail
ElevationAscent: 321' 98 m
Descent: -193' -59 m
High: 1,213' 370 m
Low: 999' 305 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
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“The longer and more challenging of the two trails running along Backbone Lake.”— Kenny Slocum
You can park either just after you cross the dam and follow the shore of the lake to the trailhead, or park at the info area and head towards the lake to find the trail.
The route travels immediately into the woods, where it rolls quite a bit for the first mile or so. After that it begins to level out, heading through some lowland forest with soft but extremely pleasant tread following ancient floodplains.
In the last third, the trail becomes a bit more rugged before arriving at the park road near the climbing area. The last part of the trail becomes a bit overgrown, but generally follows the meander of the stream.
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Photos, Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Dogs Allowed
Land Manager: Iowa DNR