June 19, 2017
Amazing singletrack in central Iowa! Big props to CITA - the group that maintains the miles and miles of trails here.
They have great facilities spread around the park - water, toilets, showers, etc. Would be a great place to camp for a weekend and just ride.
I was referred here by family members while visiting the Des Moines area. I wound up entering from the "Star Compound" (very southern end of the park). I entered through Little Dipper/Big Dipper, down Shooting Star, across the road, and up Long Creek Trail, down 805, along Riverside back across the road and then up Shooting Star and the dippers.
Great ride through the woods and along the river. Nothing technical here. Some climbs, but generally nothing more than 30 yards before you get a flat or little downhill flow. There are a number of creek crossings (all fairly short and nothing deep) and there are multiple sandy-washouts on the trail that may catch you by surprise. Most of these are relatively short (maybe 10 yards).
I'd like to rate this higher. For what the park has in miles and flow, it lacks in technical items - berms, drops, rocks. Having said that, if I lived local, this would be the spot I would ride. Good variety. Nice trails. Good facilities. For more details and a park map, check this link: http://whiterockconservancy.org