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North Snowmobile Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.5 (2)

A mile and a half of hilly terrain, wooded trail and sometimes pretty thick ground cover.


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Map Key

1.7

Miles

2.8

KM

92%

Runnable

874' 266 m

High

762' 232 m

Low

250' 76 m

Up

209' 64 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

If you run this trail between June and September, cover your legs.

Description

This trail is designed with snowmobilers in mind, so the biggest drawback is that it's not really maintained in the summer months, and it can become pretty overgrown with nettles and poison ivy, among other things. If you cover your legs, then it's one of the better stretches of trail in the area in that it's all singletrack, and that the both the up and downs of the hills are pretty badass for this area.

The trail itself is situated in an area of the park where most visitors don't go, so you're likely to have this trail entirely to yourself, save for the deer, turkeys, and other woodland creatures. It's a good segue between the North Shore Trail and either the Beach to Dam Trail or a spillway crossing to the McBride Nature Recreation Area (MNRA) trails.

Flora & Fauna

The Iowa fauna is pretty abundant in this short section of trail, likely due to the minimal presence of humans.

Contacts

Land Manager: Iowa DNR

Shared By:

chris kilgore

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  3.5 from 2 votes

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North Snowmobile Trail...at about this spot there's an intersecting trail that goes down to an unofficial beach.
Jun 26, 2016 near Solon, IA
North Snowmobile Trail.
Jun 26, 2016 near Solon, IA
Nettles (seven minute itch) on the North Snowmobile Trail.
Jun 26, 2016 near Solon, IA
Ridge top section of the North Snowmobile Trail.
Jun 26, 2016 near North L…, IA
Footbridge on the North Snowmobile Trail.
Jun 26, 2016 near Solon, IA
Overgrowth on the Snowmobile Trail.
Jun 26, 2016 near North L…, IA

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