East Lake Trail
ElevationAscent: 186' 57 m
Descent: -48' -15 m
High: 1,142' 348 m
Low: 1,003' 306 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)
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Backbone Lake Loop
6.4 mi 10.3 km • Loop • 490 ft Ascent 149.41 m Ascent
Singletrack Strawberry Point, IA( 5 )
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“A beautiful, moderately challenging trail along Backbone Lake.”— Kenny Slocum
From the trailhead, the trail goes immediately into mixed forest of conifers and hardwoods, rolling gently through some truly beautiful woods. The trail goes past several significant cliff faces, with rock appropriate for climbing. Tell a ranger if you plan on roping up.
The terrain is relatively easy until the end, when it climbs quite steeply and quickly for about 100' to meet the park road. The summit of the climb is actually part of the "backbone," and this west/north trailhead is within a few hundred feet of the backbone trail itself.
A short jaunt on the road will bring visitors to the Six Pine Trail, which they can then connect to the West Lake Trail to make a really great loop around the entire lake.
Land Manager: Iowa DNR