ElevationAscent: 229' 70 m
Descent: -218' -67 m
High: 730' 222 m
Low: 635' 194 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)
“A minimum maintenance road and segment of the YRSF backpacking trail.”— Kenny Slocum
This minimum maintenance road is technically open to vehicles, which can take away from the experience a little bit, but definitely sees far more usage by hikers and horseback riders.
From State Forest Road, the route follows the edge of a bluff with several beautiful sandstone outcroppings before crossing over Paint Creek. A few very mellow ups and downs make up the topography, but the route can be slightly tough on the ankles by virtue of the large gravel comprising the road bed.
A few other trailheads beckon to the interior of the forest, which makes Donahue great for staying oriented while exploring the pedestrian-only trails, which can get a little labyrinthine. The road itself has some excellent views of the surrounding bluffs.
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Land Manager: Iowa DNR - Yellow River State Forest