Hickory Ridge Trail

Jester Park, Iowa

Elevation Gain94ft
Trailhead Elevation897ft
Elevation Min/Max880/900ft
Elevation Start/End897/897ft

Hickory Ridge Trail

Hickory Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Polk County, Iowa. It is within Jester Park. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 897 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 94 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings, a shelter, and an information. Along the trail there are restrooms. Near the end of the trail are a bench and a viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: Fox Run Trail.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Des Moines (Falcon Guides)
Michael Ream
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"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 the west shore of Saylorville Lake, north of Des Moines. Jester Park is a mecca for birders: The park is listed as a globally significant bird area by the American Bird Conservancy, and is a major migration stopover for the American white pelican—some 3,000 to 8,000 of them pass through beginning in late August and peaking around Labor Day. Gulls and waterfowl come through later in the year." Read more

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This is a short, shady walk through the forest at a county park. Seems like it should be rated "easy" to me: there are a few uphill sections, but hardy moderate. There's a small stream off to the side of the trail for most of its length so be prepared for mosquitoes. One end of the trail is the natural playscape area which is great fun for kids! There are latrines at both ends of the trail.

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Trail Information

Jester Park
Nearby City
Jester Park
Jester Park
Local Contacts
USGS Granger; trail map available from contact listed below
Local Maps

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Dec 2018