Summerset Trail

Warren County, Iowa

Distance10.8mi
Elevation Gain310ft
Trailhead Elevation793ft
Top963ft
Elevation Min/Max778/963ft
Elevation Start/End793/793ft

Summerset Trail

Summerset Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Warren County, Iowa. It is 10.8 miles long and begins at 793 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 21.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 310 feet. This trail connects with the following: Mcvay Trail and Jerry Kelly Trail.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Des Moines (Falcon Guides)
Michael Ream
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"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 numerous wildflowers as the path moves through open countryside outside the town of Carlisle, south of Des Moines. After crossing a bridge over the creek, you will begin to spot wildflowers on the trail’s edge. Keep an eye out for blue iris and blue chicory. White herons soar over the open land on your right, which may have been a buffalo wallow back when this land was all open prairie. Purple spiderwort and white Canadian anemone are other flora you may see, as are yellowish clumps of wild parsnip and the distinctive three leaves of poison ivy—use caution if you step off the path." Read more

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Trail Information

Warren County
Nearby City
USGS Hartford; trail map available from contact listed below
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