Horn Hollow Loop
ElevationAscent: 88' 27 m
Descent: -60' -18 m
High: 987' 301 m
Low: 911' 278 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 3% (2°)
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“A nice level connector between the Chinquapin Ridge Trail and the Point Ann Trail.”— Kenny Slocum
The trail mostly contours with the drainage areas, and the tread itself is one of the most enjoyable in the park. While Chinquapin Ridge Trail can be a bit gravelly, Horn Hollow is decidedly dirt and decidedly singletrack.
The route passes through a few seasonally flowing creeks and is well shaded throughout.
Jeweled Shooting Star can be spotted just a few hundred yards down the trail from the Chinquapin Ridge Trail junction; a relatively rare woodland wildflower and difficult to catch in bloom; this little fellow is quite a treat.
Regarding the difficulty of this trail, Horn Hollow features no significant climbs, but has a bit more technicality than some of the other well-trodden routes. It adds to the experience, rather than adding difficulty. People seeking a good run to bolster their agility and ankle strength without burning out their lungs or calves on steep climbs should consider lapping this trail a few times.
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Land Manager: Iowa DNR