Brown's Hollow Trail
ElevationAscent: 514' 157 m
Descent: -333' -102 m
High: 1,146' 349 m
Low: 663' 202 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (13°)
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“A trail traversing much of Yellow River State Forest's Paint Creek unit.”— Kenny Slocum
From east to west, the trail can be accessed from Donahue Road, Firetower Road, or the Forester's Trail.
Starting from Donahue Road, the trail is a wide grass path meandering along Paint Creek. The babbling stream and cool forest are sublime. As one of the more utilized trails, Brown's Hollow has a very nice tread.
At 0.5 miles, users encounter the Brown's Hollow camp, a large walk-in only camping site. 0.5 miles past that, the trail joins Firetower Road, a steep class B road running north/south that bisects the Paint Creek unit. After a short jaunt along the road, the trail veers off to the left, becoming singletrack and climbing more steeply into the forest.
0.6 miles from Firetower Road, the trail turns abruptly to the right - straight ahead just 0.1 miles takes users to Camp John Schultz, but the signage isn't always present to make the junction obvious.
From that junction, the trail descends, gradually becoming more steep until it comes to a T-intersection with the Forester's Trail. Turn tight to descend to the area headquarters (and water, and bathrooms) or turn left to add the far end of the Forester's Trail to the route.
Land Manager: Iowa DNR - Yellow River State Forest