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150 mi 241 km of trail 9 Recommended Routes

Gems 1 Gem Easy Trails 25 Trails Intermediate Trails 90 Trails Hard Trails 11 Trails
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Gems in Eastern Iowa - 1

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gem Favorite View from the Backbone

The Backbone of the Maquoketa River

(1) Strawbe…, IA

Recommended Routes in Eastern Iowa - 9

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Favorite Leaf peeping with my pup at Backbone State Park
Intermediate

Backbone Lake Loop

6.4 mi 10.3 km 490' Up 149.41 m Up 496' Down 151.13 m Down

Strawbe…, IA
Favorite 2018 100k male champion Michael Borst of La Crosse, Wisconsin floating across the Cattesse Trail
Difficult

Mines of Spain 100 (MoS100)

21.2 mi 34.1 km 2,597' Up 791.44 m Up 2,596' Down 791.41 m Down

Dubuque, IA
Favorite View from the top of Effigy Mounds Monument.
Intermediate

Effigy Mounds North Unit - Hanging Rock

6.5 mi 10.5 km 890' Up 271.14 m Up 889' Down 270.86 m Down

McGregor, IA
Favorite The spillway.
Intermediate/Difficult

McBride Nature Recreation Loop

4.5 mi 7.3 km 535' Up 163.04 m Up 551' Down 168.04 m Down

North L…, IA
Favorite North Shore Trail along Lake MacBride.
Intermediate

Solon to MacBride Beach

7.8 mi 12.5 km 724' Up 220.7 m Up 717' Down 218.56 m Down

Solon, IA
Favorite Singletrack running alongside Clear Creek.
Easy/Intermediate

Ashton/Clear Creek Natural Surface

4.2 mi 6.7 km 257' Up 78.47 m Up 255' Down 77.72 m Down

Coralville, IA
Favorite A sea of blue at the trailhead of the Schuetzen Park Wanderweg.
Difficult

Schuetzen Park Wanderweg

1.0 mi 1.6 km 86' Up 26.12 m Up 80' Down 24.25 m Down

Davenport, IA
Favorite Water crossing
Intermediate

Pine lake

2.7 mi 4.3 km 356' Up 108.65 m Up 361' Down 109.97 m Down

Eldora, IA
Favorite Coming down the old stone steps headed north on Cedar Cliff Trail
Intermediate/Difficult

Palisades Loop

2.9 mi 4.6 km 396' Up 120.55 m Up 397' Down 121.14 m Down

Mount V…, IA

Trails in Eastern Iowa - 117

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0.9 mi 1.5 km #1Mount Hosmer Drive
Intermediate
Waukon, IA
Intermediate
Waukon, IA
3.4 mi 5.4 km #2Saddle Loop Trail
Difficult
McGregor, IA
Difficult
McGregor, IA
0.2 mi 0.3 km #3Dogwood Hill
Intermediate
Iowa City, IA
Intermediate
Iowa City, IA
0.8 mi 1.4 km #4Backbone Trail
Intermediate
Strawberry Point, IA
Intermediate
Strawberry Point, IA
3.9 mi 6.2 km #5Pony Hollow Trail
Easy
Elkader, IA
Easy
Elkader, IA
1.8 mi 2.9 km #6Forester's Trail
Intermediate
McGregor, IA
Intermediate
McGregor, IA
0.6 mi 0.9 km #7Lookout Loop Trail
Intermediate
Waukon, IA
Intermediate
Waukon, IA
0.1 mi 0.1 km #8Strong Point Trail
Intermediate
Waukon, IA
Intermediate
Waukon, IA
1.6 mi 2.5 km #9South System Loop
Intermediate
Hampton, IL
Intermediate
Hampton, IL
0.7 mi 1.1 km #10Big Burn Trail
Intermediate
Waukon, IA
Intermediate
Waukon, IA
0.1 mi 0.2 km #11Beck Point Trail
Intermediate
Waukon, IA
Intermediate
Waukon, IA
0.4 mi 0.7 km #12Pool Road Trail
Intermediate
Waukon, IA
Intermediate
Waukon, IA
0.5 mi 0.8 km #13Woodland Trail Spur 2
Intermediate
Elkader, IA
Intermediate
Elkader, IA
0.4 mi 0.6 km #14North System Descent
Intermediate
Hampton, IL
Intermediate
Hampton, IL
0.3 mi 0.4 km #15South System Descent
Intermediate
Hampton, IL
Intermediate
Hampton, IL
1.6 mi 2.6 km #16Bluff Trail
Difficult
McGregor, IA
Difficult
McGregor, IA
3.5 mi 5.7 km #17Wild Cat Den Trail
Intermediate
Blue Grass, IA
Intermediate
Blue Grass, IA
1.8 mi 2.9 km #18Effigy Mounds South Unit
Intermediate/Difficult
McGregor, IA
Intermediate/Difficult
McGregor, IA
1.3 mi 2.1 km #19Horsehoe Bluff Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Dubuque, IA
Intermediate/Difficult
Dubuque, IA
5.0 mi 8.0 km #20North Shore Trail
Easy
Solon, IA
Easy
Solon, IA

Photos of Eastern Iowa - 176

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2018 100k male champion Michael Borst of La Crosse, Wisconsin floating across the Cattesse Trail
Apr 8, 2019 near Dubuque, IA
The Julian Dubuque Monument and lookout point.
Oct 17, 2016 near Dubuque, IA
Some of the flora and fungi along the side of the trail in the fall.
Oct 17, 2016 near Dubuque, IA
Cedar Valley Nature Trail, Sugar Bottom Recreation Area, Iowa
Apr 7, 2020 near North L…, IA
Maquoketa Caves State Park
Apr 7, 2020 near Maquoketa, IA
Field Trip
Apr 7, 2020 near Maquoketa, IA
Maquoketa Caves State Park
Apr 7, 2020 near Maquoketa, IA
Switchbacks a the end of the North Loop decent.
Jul 19, 2019 near Hampton, IL