ElevationAscent: 13' 4 m
Descent: -17' -5 m
High: 1,083' 330 m
Low: 1,068' 326 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)
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“A nice jaunt through the prairie connecting the Point Ann Trail with Chinquapin Ridge Trail and the overlook area.”— Kenny Slocum
The west end of the trail begins roughly 0.5 miles down the Point Ann Trail from the homestead parking area. Turning right, users are led through a restored savanna and prairie landscape on a wide and gently rolling trail.
Just before connecting with the Chinquapin Ridge Trail, the route dips slightly into a patch of woods. This is the only significant hill on the route, and is only uphill if you're going east to west.
The prairie grasses are tall, and in high summer coneflowers provide a splash of color amongst the sea of green. Blackberries line the trail in July and August, ready and perfect for snacking.
An abundance of deer—too many, in fact—means any run of significant length will lead to two or three of them flushed from the brush. The proximity of the Mississippi flyway means the Bluebird Trail, where the canopy is wide open, treats users to an array of bald eagles at all times of year, along with many other birds of prey during migration season.
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Land Manager: Iowa DNR - Pike's Peak State Park