The Great Western Trail

Waterworks Park, Iowa

Elevation Gain983ft
Trailhead Elevation803ft
Elevation Min/Max803/976ft
Elevation Start/End803/803ft

The Great Western Trail

The Great Western Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Warren County and Polk County, Iowa. It is within Waterworks Park. It is 17.2 miles long and begins at 803 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 34.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 983 feet. Near the trailhead there is a shelter. Along the trail there are sands and grasses. This trail connects with the following: Great Western Connector.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Des Moines (Falcon Guides)
Michael Ream
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"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 maintains a wilderness feel, with thick foliage and the occasional deer sighting. It is very popular with cyclists, who zip out of the city and into open country, stopping every few miles at small-town taverns that serve as popular watering holes. (In fact, this hike is perhaps best done in the middle of the day or early afternoon, before the path becomes crowded with cyclists.)" Read more

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Trail Information

Waterworks Park
Nearby City
Waterworks Park
Skill Level
USGS Des Moines SW; trail map available from contact listed below
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Dec 2018