ElevationAscent: 52' 16 m
Descent: -80' -24 m
High: 835' 254 m
Low: 755' 230 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)
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“A short loop near the Osborne Nature Center through hardwoods, pine, and riparian habitat.”— Kenny Slocum
At the gully, steps lead down to an long-decommissioned old road. A wide grassy lane remains in its stead, with the Volga River flowing to the right. As you continue on the road, keep an eye up in the canopy. Just past a mowed opening in the forest, on the left, a large active bald eagle's nest sits high in a cottonwood. Past the nest, a prairie appears on the right-hand side of the trail. At dusk in midsummer, this prairie glows with thousands of fireflies - a great spot to stop and gaze.
Soon a gate appears with a chain across it; this is to prevent vehicles, not runners. Proceed around/over the chain and cross the opening. To the left a wood-chip trail heads back up towards the Nature Center, but not before passing through the pioneer village.
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