August 20, 2014
Tough getting down to the trail. You have to navigate a steep trail with large rocks. Most will have to get off and walk down the hill. Trail in the valley is ok but there appears to be no maintenance performed to clear the trail of fallen trees. You won't find long stretches of clear trail to ride. You have to stop to hop over trees and the bridges require getting off and walking over The trail that follows the northern perimeter (ridge Trail)is the same as the valley. It's in need of work. This trail is up on the side and top to a hill. What ever you do don't wipe out. The poison Ivy and poison oak will get you. Some parts of the trail you will brush against the poison oak. I found my self trying to reach down and scratch my ankles. The park has potential to be a good ride but I don't believe there are too many single track riders in the area to make it work.
I grew up in Estherville and have to say that while living here I never did hike the trails in the park. I'm glad they were there. The best trail, Spring Creek Trial in the park in my opinion is the one to ride. I only had to get off my bike once to step over a fallen tree. You don't risk life and limb getting on the trail. A pleasant trail that winds alongside the creek.