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blue North Snowmobile Trail

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1.7 mile 2.8 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 250' 76 m
Descent: -209' -64 m
High: 874' 266 m
Low: 762' 232 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

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A mile and a half of hilly terrain, wooded trail and sometimes pretty thick ground cover.

chris kilgore

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This trail is designed with snowmobilers in mind, so the biggest drawback is that it's not really maintained in the summer months, and it can become pretty overgrown with nettles and poison ivy, among other things. If you cover your legs, then it's one of the better stretches of trail in the area in that it's all singletrack, and that the both the up and downs of the hills are pretty badass for this area.

The trail itself is situated in an area of the park where most visitors don't go, so you're likely to have this trail entirely to yourself, save for the deer, turkeys, and other woodland creatures. It's a good segue between the North Shore Trail and either the Beach to Dam Trail or a spillway crossing to the McBride Nature Recreation Area (MNRA) trails.

Flora & Fauna

The Iowa fauna is pretty abundant in this short section of trail, likely due to the minimal presence of humans.

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Land Manager: Iowa DNR

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