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Pine lake

Intermediate

Trail

2.7 mile 4.3 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 356' 109 m
Descent: -361' -110 m
High: 1,095' 334 m
Low: 969' 295 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)

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Half trail, half concrete

Mindy Frye

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly Beach and picnic area.

Overview

This trail has almost everything. You'll enjoy a wooded trail, great views of the lake, wildlife and amazing surroundings all four seasons.

Description

You'll start this hike by the boat ramp and spillway and head northeast on the dirt track South Trail. Winding around a small inlet and continuing uphill. Along the way there are several overlooks of the water and a rustic bridge. Coming around some corners the path narrows. Use caution if icy. You'll start up a long flight of stairs uphill making your way around the bend. After the descent, a log bridge will help you cross over the small dam then the trail will lead you up a small hill in a wooded area.

As you end the South Trail, take a left onto the cement Pine Lake Recreation Trail to continue the loop around the lake. You'll cross a bridge then come to the beach area where there are some restrooms (it is unclear if they are always open). One last stretch and the trail will cross the road. Here, stay left along the road to get back to your starting point.

Flora & Fauna

Deer, geese, squirrel, birds

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Jul 23, 2019
Tyler Schulmeister
28th kids 2.7mi — 1h 30m
Dec 24, 2018
Mindy Frye
2.4mi — 0h 53m

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Water crossing
Dec 26, 2018 near Eldora, IA
Beautiful water crossing nearing the cement trail
Dec 26, 2018 near Eldora, IA
Geese on the ice
Dec 26, 2018 near Eldora, IA

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