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Bird Blind Loop

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

0.9 mile 1.4 kilometer point to point
93% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 109' 33 m
Descent: -90' -28 m
High: 828' 252 m
Low: 725' 221 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)

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Trail shared by chris kilgore

A loop trail of slightly less than a mile, about half service road/mowed path, and half singletrack.

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

Runner Notes

There are several trails that intersect in this area. It's a good idea to take a look at the overall map of this area to stay oriented

Description

This loop starts at the raptor center and heads down the service road/path on the left side of the triangle picnic area. At the Blue Bird trailhead turn left and keep the forest on your left. Where the Blue Bird trail turns right, take a hairpin left back into the woods, and follow the singletrack down to the water's edge. Here, the trail can be submerged in high water, but even if that's the case, there is an alternate route just above the waterline and there's a long plywood plank that serves as a footbridge in those times.

In this low area, take a peak across the water and notice the giant SETI telescope looming above the trees. Rise back up into the woods and stay on the singletrack until you reach the service road leading down to the raptor center. You can cross the road here and jump directly onto the Hawk Ravine Nature Trail if you're linking trails for a longer run.

Flora & Fauna

The usual Eastern Iowa fare.

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Photos

The mysterious bale of fabric in a depression just off the Triangle Trail.
Jul 1, 2016 near North L…, IA
Doubletrack on the Triangle Trail.
Jul 1, 2016 near North L…, IA
Bird Blind Trail.
Jul 1, 2016 near North L…, IA
Blackberries on the Bird Blind Loop.
Jul 1, 2016 near North L…, IA
Service road section of the Bird Blind Loop.
Jul 1, 2016 near North L…, IA
Bird Blind Trail.
Jul 1, 2016 near North L…, IA

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