Five-Ridge Prairie Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Named for the five ridges that dissect the preserve, this mixture of prairie and woodland in the far northern reaches of the Loess Hills is a gem. Old farm roads and mowed firebreaks provide ample space for wandering in a location where the land opens up to the great Northwest. An eastern outpost for many western species, it features plant and animal diversity that ranges from short- and tallgrass prairie plants to forest-loving neotropical migrants.
Steep climbs could make this hike difficult for some. As you drive north on Highway 12 toward Five-Ridge Prairie, the world seems to open up. Loess deposits become shallower and the hills smaller, as they gradually begin smoothing into the northwest Iowa plains.The thin deposits of loess, aided by the carving action of the Big Sioux River, have left Cretaceous-age bedrock exposed underneath."