Red Oak Loop Trail
ElevationAscent: 322' 98 m
Descent: -338' -103 m
High: 1,073' 327 m
Low: 850' 259 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“A nice loop off of the Fire Tower Trail in Yellow River State Forest.”— Kenny Slocum
From Fire Tower Road, head west along the Fire Tower Trail until signs point downhill for the "Red Oak Loop." The trail descends gently past several ponds and through dense forest. At 0.8 miles, a short spur connects to Fire Tower Road, just below the parking area (for those seeking a shorter hike).
Past that spur, the trail travels along a ridgeline until coming to a steeper descent into a valley below.
Coming up the other side of the valley is quite steep, then somewhat less steep, climbing steadily until it connects again with Fire Tower Trail.
The tread is wide to accommodate horseback riders, but don't be fooled. It can also be strewn with large and loose rocks, and those same horseback riders mean it's often rather pitted, so footing can still be a challenge.
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Land Manager: Iowa DNR - Yellow River State Forest