Palisades Park

4.67 out of 5
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↑ 2,900 ft
↓ 2,700 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
The trail starts out climbing on a grass trail then turns to climbing dirt trail.
Twisty singletrack with rocks and roots. Loophole/Larson Loop and Log Jam
have a few technical features, mostly log piles or large downed trees. Dead
Pet has the most rocks and roots and one creek crossing (without the
water though.) Be very careful when crossing Palisades Road, trails dump
you out directly on the road a few times.
Recommended route: Smeby's to Loophole/Larson Loop (for a challenge) to
Captain's/Lees Loop, to Upper Palisades to Log Jam (for a challenge) to
Middle and then lower Palisades. Finish by riding down Palisades Road or
take Dead Pet for an added challenge.
added by Jared13Epic
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (3)


July 17, 2016
Review: Great trails in this area. Made the mistake of trying to climb up some of the more difficult spots at first then figured out how to get up from there. A bit of elevation challenges. There were a couple of downed trees on the trail that I had to negotiate and one where I had to double back from some wicked storms in the area as of late. Can't wait to go back.

Similar Trail: Like Creek Nature Center, Mason City, Iowa

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March 28, 2016
515Bryan Bunny Hop  
Review: Awesome trails. I will be excited to get back there this summer when trees are filled in. The road is now closed so it makes for a good climb to the top. Dead Pet is super technical with mostly rocks and roots. I wasn't ready for how difficult it was but it was a lot of fun!

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July 31, 2011
Jared13 Epic  
Review: The shorter section of the Decorah Trails but just like the others: rocks, roots, and hills. Smeby's, Lee's Loop (Carson's on the map), and the three Palisades routes are the easier of trails but would still be a solid intermediate trail. A few off-camber trails and turns and the rocks and roots keep it fun. Loophole (Larson Loop on the map), Log Jam, and Dead Pet are the harder trails in this section. Loophole and Log Jam have crazy climbs and lots of logs. Dead Pet is just one cool trail with some crazy roots and a bunch of rocks.

Similar Trail: Dunning's Springs, Van Peenen, Seven Oaks, Scott County Park

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Palisades Park MTB Trail 4.67 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 3 user reviews.
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