Trestle to Trestle Trail

Urbandale, Iowa

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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 world near the heart of the city. Moving southeast, this hike on a rails-to-trails conversion passes through largely undisturbed areas before abruptly coming to a busy stretch of road on the north side of Des Moines. The paved path also winds north toward Johnston, connecting to that suburb’s trail system.

Trestle to Trestle Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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 world near the heart of the city.

Moving southeast, this hike on a rails-to-trails conversion passes through largely undisturbed areas before abruptly coming to a busy stretch of road on the north side of Des Moines. The paved path also winds north toward Johnston, connecting to that suburb’s trail system."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Urbandale
Distance: 3.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours
Season: Spring through Fall
Local Maps: USGS Des Moines NW; trail map available from contact listed below
Driving Directions: Directions to Trestle to Trestle Trail

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May 2018