Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Elevation: +872/818 ft
Total: 13 riders
Mountain Biking Palisades Park
#15 of 90 mountain bike trails in Iowa
#1316 in the world
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.
Before you go
- No Drinking water
- No E-bikes permitted
- No Fat biking allowed in winter
- No Fee required
- No Lift service
- No Night riding allowed
- No Pump track
- No Restrooms
From downtown in Decorah take College Drive to Quarry Street/Ice Cave
Road. The parking lot is about 1 mile down the road, at the four-way stop.
Be sure to pick up a map at the bike store on College Drive (Decorah Bicycles)
The actual trailhead is east long Ice Cave Road on your left side. It's kind of
hidden, so be watching for it.
Have you ridden this trail? Help improve this information