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greenBlue Fire Tower Trail

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1.7 mile 2.7 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 78' 24 m
Descent: -498' -152 m
High: 1,125' 343 m
Low: 705' 215 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)

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A route past Yellow River State Forest's iconic fire tower.

Kenny Slocum

Features Birding · Fall Colors

Description

The trail connects Donahue Road to Firetower Road.

From the Firetower road section, the trail heads east at a very gentle grade through forest for a few tenths of a mile, before opening into shrublands.

Right where the forest gives way to Sumac bushes overhanging the trail, the firetower beckons off to the left. It's no longer open to the public due to vandalism and rotting stairs, but it's the only firetower still standing in the entire state of Iowa. Dubious? Yes. Kinda neat? Also, yes.

Past the firetower, the trail eventually transitions back into more dense forest.

The descent down towards Donahue Road, the other end of the trail, is comprised of large, loose cobbles making it almost equally difficult going up or down. This is by far the most challenging section of the trail, and a good hill to "lap" if you're trying to condition for more mountainous terrain right here in the good old midwest.

Flora & Fauna

The "ecotone" created by the blend of prairie, thicket, and forest makes this trail a great spot for viewing turkey and deer. The open woodlands, and the proximity to the Mississippi, can make birds of prey plentiful during fall migrations.

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