Best Easy Day Hikes: Des Moines Guide Book

by Michael Ream (Falcon Guides)
Best Easy Day Hikes Des Moines  by Michael Ream

104pp/maps
ISBN: 0762769912

Best Easy Day Hikes Des Moines includes concise descriptions and detailed maps for nineteen easy-to-follow hikes near Des Moines, Iowa. Discover a surprising bounty of trails hidden in the vast sweep of farmland that defines central Iowa--with everything from majestic views of a scenic river valley to excellent wildflower viewing opportunities to wetlands abounding with wildlife.

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Trails from the "Best Easy Day Hikes: Des Moines" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 16 of 16.
... Preview: This hike is a “double loop,” or two trails linked together, and is located inside the largest urban forest preserve in Iowa: Brown’s Woods, 484 wooded acres that hug the Raccoon River just inside the ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Des Moines"
West Des Moines, IA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 1.9
... Preview: A former rail line used by several different railroads, this popular hiking and cycling trail cuts across the southeast corner of Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt and runs for nearly 20 miles from just out ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Des Moines"
Bondurant, IA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
... Preview: This trail forms a bridge between the Walnut Creek Trail and the eastern edge of the Raccoon River Valley Trail as it heads into the countryside west of Des Moines. Beginning just off a busy road th ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Des Moines"
Clive, IA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
... Preview: Perched atop 150-foot bluffs looking out over the Des Moines River and surrounding countryside, Yellow Banks Park has a wealth of scenic overlooks, as well as trails leading to a Native American buria ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Des Moines"
Carlisle, IA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.7
... Preview: Beginning on the edge of Water Works Park, a large open green space south of downtown Des Moines, this trail on a former railroad bed winds past the outer edge of Des Moines International Airport yet ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Des Moines"
West Des Moines, IA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 11
... Preview: This hike begins with the impressive sight of a huge outcrop of sandstone arching over the Middle Raccoon River. The surrounding park, tucked away on a side street in the town of Redfield, includes la ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Des Moines"
Redfield, IA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
... Preview: Beginning in the town of Slater, this hike takes you into flat farmland north of Des Moines. The occasional tree and sprinkling of wildflowers provide welcome relief and diversion, respectively, if yo ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Des Moines"
Sheldahl, IA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 3.4
... Preview: Running alongside a small stream through a wooded ravine, this is one of several fine trails in Jester Park, one of Polk County’s best nature and recreation areas. Stretching for nearly 2,000 acres on ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Des Moines"
Granger, IA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
... Preview: More of a stroll than a true hike, this trail is located in Kuehn Conservation Area, a hidden gem of a park located quite a ways to the west of Des Moines, down several miles of gravel farm roads. Tho ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Des Moines"
Redfield, IA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 0.3
... Preview: Formerly known as the Ankeny-to-Woodward Trail, this path stretches 25 miles from the rapidly growing northern suburbs of Des Moines out into the countryside. While one leg of the trail heads west t ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Des Moines"
Sheldahl, IA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.6
... Preview: A nearly 9,000-acre wildlife refuge that has grown up along formerly drained areas by the South Skunk River, Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt is crisscrossed by oxbow channels that flow through a landscape ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Des Moines"
Elkhart, IA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 1.3
... Preview: Redfield, a farming town 30 miles west of Des Moines, is home to this stretch of the 56-mile Raccoon River Valley Trail, which runs west-northwest from the outskirts of Des Moines into wide open farm ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Des Moines"
Redfield, IA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: This hike takes in the north end of the Summerset Trail, which winds roughly a dozen miles total and includes a nice spot to view herons as they swoop over the open fields. The hike also features nume ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Des Moines"
Carlisle, IA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 6.8
... Preview: With lots of neat little pools swarming with flora and fauna alongside the trail as it passes through boggy lowlands along the Des Moines River, this hike is a great opportunity to explore the natural ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Des Moines"
Urbandale, IA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
... Preview: A lowland trail that eventually hooks onto both the Great Western and Clive Greenbelt Trails, this hike takes you through the woods and past a languid stretch of Walnut Creek, dotted with small island ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Des Moines"
West Des Moines, IA - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.4
... Preview: Following a twisting path that winds through thick woods and up and down several hills, this hike is quite a workout. Located down a single-lane gravel road in farmland several miles south of Des Moin ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Des Moines"
Milo, IA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 2
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