ElevationAscent: 419' 128 m
Descent: -175' -53 m
High: 1,068' 326 m
Low: 783' 239 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)
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“Some of the best singletrack in Yellow River State Forest.”— Kenny Slocum
From the Paint Creek Trail, the trail climbs quite steeply, with steps in some places, up to a restored oak woodland. At the top, the trail wanders up and down through the woods which transition from sunny and open oak woodlands to cool and shaded maple stands.
Multiple overlooks make this a particularly distracting segment of the Yellow River State Forest's larger backpacking loop. The shade of the maple stands is quite refreshing, and the oak woods provide just enough shade to moderate the heat on hot days.
The views are stellar, the wildflower show is spectacular, and the chorus of birds is truly something to behold in such a diverse woodland.
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Land Manager: Iowa DNR - Yellow River State Forest