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First Avenue Loop

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Trail

0.5 mile 0.9 kilometer loop
98% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 33' 10 m
Descent: -34' -11 m
High: 734' 224 m
Low: 699' 213 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)

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Trail shared by chris kilgore

About a half mile loop beginning and ending at the First Avenue entrance.

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The park is open year round from dawn until dusk.

Runner Notes

This trail connects directly to the dam trail and dogwood hill; beware of the southwest corner of the trail... it has a tendency to get very mucky in the rain

Description

This is a relatively flat, wide dirt trail, a little higher and undulating on the south side, and lower and flatter on the north side, which loops around a southeast section of the park just north of Regina High School, and is accessible from a parking lot on first avenue. Due to it's length and accessibility, it's a popular area of the park. The trail crosses several footbridges over Ralston Creek and many smaller tributary gullies. It's in a low area, so when the weather is wet, the surrounding hills drain into the creek, and the trail has a tendency to get pretty sloppy.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of whitetail deer, and small mammals, deciduous trees and songbirds.

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Dogwood Hill Trail where it connects to the First Avenue Loop
Nov 10, 2017 near Iowa City, IA
The first avenue loop facing east towards the trailhead
Nov 3, 2017 near Iowa City, IA
North section of the first avenue trail looking west
Nov 3, 2017 near Iowa City, IA
The southwest corner of the first avenue loop looking east
Nov 3, 2017 near Iowa City, IA
The trail snaking up dogwood hill.
Nov 10, 2017 near Iowa City, IA
Dogwood Hill Trail obstacle.
Nov 10, 2017 near Iowa City, IA

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