Prairie Oaks Loop
ElevationAscent: 110' 34 m
Descent: -110' -34 m
High: 908' 277 m
Low: 866' 264 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 8% (4°)
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“A fun, easy 5-mile hike though Prairie Oaks Metro Park with views of the river and some stream crossings.”— Nick Kiger
This trail crosses the Bridle Trail several times, but it is clearly marked so you'll have no trouble staying on the right trail. Towards the end, you'll come to a point where you take the Bridle Trail out of this loop back to the Greenway Trail where you'll cross a bridge and immediately find the Alder Trail to the right. Take this connector to the Sycamore Plains Trail and take the first right.
At this loop, you'll find singletrack and a few stream crossings. You'll come to a point where the trail splits. Head right to follow the sign to parking. This will take you up a short hill to some open prairie hiking. Follow this trail, keeping left until you come to the parking lot. Here, you'll stay left and continue to complete the loop taking you back to the Alder Trail where you'll retrace the beginning of your hike to take you back to Prairie View.
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