ElevationAscent: 368' 112 m
Descent: -258' -79 m
High: 1,049' 320 m
Low: 700' 213 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)
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Effigy Mounds North Unit - Hanging Rock
6.5 mi 10.5 km • Out and Back • 890 ft Ascent 271.14 m Ascent
Doubletrack McGregor, IA( 6 )
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“A beautiful loop deep in the forest with tough climbs and rugged terrain.”— Kenny Slocum
From the campground host area, the trail climbs steadily and rather steeply through a ravine. The trail is narrow, with nettles threatening at the lower elevations but the situation improves deeper into the forest. After roughly 1/3rd of a mile, there is a junction with the Brown's Hollow Trail, wherein the route turns west (right) and flattens out.
At about a mile in, a slightly confusing junction with the White Pine Trail leads runners down a "shortcut" on the loop, or towards Camp Glen Wendell, a backpacking campsite. Depending on the state of the signage it may not be clear where the Forester's Trail goes; just continue straight to stay on the longest route, otherwise going past Camp Glen Wendell shortens the route just a bit.
The trail goes from a gradual descent to a much steeper downhill for the last ~0.4 miles and deposits trail users back at the highway, roughly 0.3 miles west of the area headquarters.
Land Manager: Iowa DNR - Yellow River State Forest