May 20, 2013
My home trail. Have done my best to trim out the main trails this spring, as this had really gotten overgrown last summer. I think it should be in good condition this year as a result, but you're bound to spend at least 10 minutes post-ride picking off those tiny burrs. Most of the trail network is probably intermediate-class, but there's a few challenging sections... yet nothing too scary. Just a number of good dips that are a blast to hit hard.
The primary trails weave in and out of the doubletrack loop, so each of these sections will have to be hit individually. There are a number of trails off the doubletrack loop that people have tried to develop that will dead end. If you find yourself on a questionable trail, I'm willing to bet you've strayed from the main network. You'll just have to go exploring for yourself. I'm gonna try and GPS the trail in the near future and post. Will do my best.
This trail has real potential, and will hopefully become great in the near future. The Army Corps has ID'd improving this trail as a priority project in their Red Rock Master Plan (see http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/Portals/48/docs/Recreation/ODR/121121-A-NN408-007.pdf), which should be carried out over the next year or two. Also included in this plan was the development of another section of Army Corps land on the opposite side of the dam. If it's half as nice as Iowa's other Army Corps trail, Sugar Bottom, we'll be in for a treat.