Heffern's Hill Loop
ElevationAscent: 357' 109 m
Descent: -397' -121 m
High: 1,050' 320 m
Low: 661' 201 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)
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6.5 mi 10.5 km • Out and Back • 890 ft Ascent 271.14 m Ascent
Doubletrack McGregor, IA( 6 )
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“The road less traveled; a short and steep loop with a small backpacking campsite.”— Kenny Slocum
From the north end, the trail climbs through a wide-but-overgrown path. The trail has a few rocky spring crossings in the first ~0.5 miles, before climbing very steeply up to the top of Heffern's Hill. After topping out, the trail turns south and descends at a pleasant grade back down to Donahue Road.
The north side, with the rocky crossings and steep climb, is much more narrow to the top of the hill. As the trail descends, it becomes wider. A few seeps muddy up some spots, but they can usually be traversed without getting wet unless you want to.
This trail doesn't offer much in the way of views, but it does afford a nice climb and quite a bit of solitude, so long as there aren't many horse riders in the nearby campground.
Land Manager: Iowa DNR - Yellow River State Forest