October 26, 2015
So had a great day in Des Moines riding the Center Trails, the reason for a 4 rating is the proximity to Downtown, and the ease of connecting via paved trials (we hit Jasper Winery, and enjoyed their MadHouse Brew).
Word to the wise for out of towners like me. If you are looking for a nice ride with some hills and lung burning this is not the place. There is one nice loop with some terian and vert in the Ashworth park area. Beware that as soon as you get into the river bottom it is nothing but flat river bottom like Geroge Wyth, fun and flowy but....
This would be a great family trail..
Props to the club that maintains, trails were well marked, good bridges (in the Ashworth section) and good downhill (east side of the road in the Ashworth) do the uphill on the west side and enjoy the dh on the east side....
Would have been a 3* at best if not in down town Des Moines
The only similarity to GW in waterloo is the river bottom....GW has no flow no signage..fyi