Sycamore Trail

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.00 out of 5
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Beginner
7
miles

Singletrack
↑ 200 ft
↓ 200 ft
807
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
The Polk County Conservation Board and the Central Iowa Trail Association (CITA) worked together to open this trail. The trail will be closed to motorized vehicles and is officially now open). The trail follows the west bank of the Des Moines River. It starts on the the east edge of the Euclid Avenue Target parking lot in NW Des Moines and runs 6 or 7 miles North to the Sycamore boat access on NW 66th Street. The East lot also serves as a parking area and trail access point for the paved Saylorville Bike Trail on the East bank of the Des Moines River. This is a twisty turning trail and is very flat. It is excellent for the beginning to intermediate cyclist. Keep an eye and ear out for oncoming cyclist and/or ATV's. It connects with The Brickyard at one point, so you can combine the two rides.
added by Guest January 1, 2003
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: I have trouble finding the trail again (going south) after going over Beaver on the trestle trail. Where does the single track start again? -Guest

A: If you follow the Trestle Trail past Bob Lenc Landscaping (or the former location), you can get onto the single-track trail again between the river and that large pond, just as the Trestle Trail bends south away from the river. I don't believe it is marked, so I hope this helps!

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Doubletrack


August 3, 2016
dgw2jr Doubletrack  
 
Review: High speed, flat-ish singletrack in the Des Moines river flood plain. Great for year-round riding.

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Granny Gear

July 15, 2016
 
Review: Trail was a lot of fun. Very confusing once you're out on the trail. A lot of side trails to take. Trail maintenance is hit or miss. I hit a lot of downed branches where I had to turn back. Really fun though, and great for a beginner ride.

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Granny Gear

May 18, 2016
 
Review: Awesome trail.

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Bunny Hop

March 11, 2016
515Bryan Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Fun ride! Always a new way to challenge yourself with different routes. I bet its amazing in there during late summer/early fall.

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Granny Gear

July 22, 2015
 
Review: Very fun to ride, I've rode it multiple times and never fails to challenge you with new routes, with the construction of the road to the parking lot it is a challenge for parking.

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Granny Gear

April 2, 2015
CHetrick Granny Gear  
 
Review: A good trail with something for everyone. Easy,fun,fast with good flow.

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Poseur

October 8, 2013
 
Review: Trailhead: coming from the west take Beaver rd past the Johnston soccer fields, there is an unmarked gravel road on the right shortly after that goes down a short hill to a parking lot, paved road to parking lot is about 100 ft. Trailhead is well marked from the parking lot on the eastern side.If you go over the bridge you have gone too far.

Flat-ish and fast this trail is a good time and a good workout without being too technical to slow things down. With solid riding and good cornering you can average 11mph through the whole trail pretty easy. The trail is pretty well maintained but it's not advisible to ride it the day after rain because of being so close to the river the ground stays wet longer and nobody wants the trail rutted out. Trail splits off into a small section with rollers that do not require you to get airborne. This is a small loop that brings you back to the regular trail(and is really fun). There are some trees to ride over or rocks, one manmade jump but everything is optional. This trail is rideable straight through without stopping. More than once if you have adequate cardio.

BE WARNED: this trail is used often by trail runners, hikers, and bikers in both directions. Have fun by be watchful for incoming people, especially bikes, where you both can be on top of eachother in the blink of an eye.

This trail is my regular trail because it is so fun to ride. Definitely recommended to everyone.

Similar Trail: center trails (without a lot of the altitude change)

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Epic


September 23, 2013
 
Review: Good long trail ride, plenty of fun stuff, yet litteraly saw a 5 yr old out riding. CITA is on the ball. going in AM there were 2 huge trees down and at least 5 smaller ones, by mid after noon all cleaned up except the biggies and there were neatened up and bypassed. I loved the roller coaster option. just N of freeway.

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Granny Gear

July 7, 2013
kladd Granny Gear  
 
Review: Hit this over the 4th and the north section was good, but the south section is still under puddled water about a quarter of a mile into the ride if your heading north and entering where the old target used to be. Still a great trail with lots of little side trails. If you are heading north on the northern section of the trail stick to the left to hit some good rolling hills and fun section...

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Granny Gear

June 24, 2012
macbot3000 Granny Gear  
 
Review: When heading southbound, after crossing under the interstate, you need to ride a couple of miles on the paved trail until you reach the pond. The pond is on your right and the dirt picks up again on your left. Watch out for small stumps in the trail once you get close to Euclid :-)

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Sycamore Trail MTB Trail 4.00 out of 5 based on 15 ratings. 15 user reviews.
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