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Level: Intermediate
Length: 16 mi (25.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,151/ -1,086 ft
Total: 21 riders

Mountain Biking Whiterock Conservancy

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#8 of 94 mountain bike trails in Iowa
#1,533 in the world

These trails wind through prairie, savanna, and forest in the hills overlooking the Middle Raccoon River as part of the 5,500 acre non-profit Whiterock Conservancy. The single track trails were professionally built in 2015 and include a back country section that is 4.6 miles without an intersection. In addition to the over 13 miles of single track trials, another 18 miles of shared use trails are open to bikes. The trails are a mix of beginner and intermediate. Camping, canoeing and other outdoor actives also available. Mountain Bike fee is $3 per day to help pay for maintenance.

First added by WhiterockConservancy on Jul 29, 2015. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
There are multiple trail heads, but the most useful is the Star Field, 1523 140th St., Coon Rapids, IA
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  • Chester Copperpot
    Reviewing Big Dipper:

    Great trail the provides some more challenging climbs and some downhill sections as well. Instead of taking Shooting Star to Big Dipper and back again, you can cheat by going south on Fig to the Star Field camping area, heading east, and dropping in just after Little Dipper. Great way to avoid the climb at Shooting Star if you're trying to get in one last lap, but don't have it in you for a full lap!

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  • Chester Copperpot

    Great little trail to get started. It's not technical but short and steep for an Iowa trail. Connects to Big and Little Dipper. Well maintained and has great views of the river below.

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  • agirlcyclist

    Nice trail. Easy sections. Difficult sections. You pick which you want to ride. Good signage, well maintained. Fun trail.

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  • stevec10502

    Fun and flowy!!
    Sooooo much potential.
    Lots of Signage.
    The hills are legit both going up and down!!
    Camping and all the other things that go with this place make it great!!

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  • [email protected]

    Nothing technical but still gave 5 stars because of length, scenery, hills (climbing) and camping options. Yes hills in Iowa! 1800 vertical on a 17 miles ride. Well laid out, wide trails, flowy when you're not climbing.

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  • short.brandon

    Awesome trails! My friend and I camped at the Star Field Campground and biked 38 miles in two days. This is the third year we've gone, and the trails are better every summer!

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  • ****

    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

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  • bstoermer

    This fairly new gem in Iowa is so much fun to ride I would give it 6 stars if possible. The facilities are top notch and the trails are beautifly constructed. These trails let you enjoy some of the most gorgeous land in the state. You will NOT be disappointed.

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  • SmileyDriver

    Best singletrack experience in Iowa that I've had. Several miles of great flowing trails in the Raccoon River Valley. Plenty of climbing with plenty of great descents. Whiterock is a beautiful piece of land, a hidden gem really, that I just recently discovered this late summer. My favorite place to ride!

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  • gwelk

    Trails are in great shape. The Riverside trail system has nice rolling single-track through varied terrain. Very fun!

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  • dgw2jr

    Needs a lot more tires to smooth out the freshly cut trail. Otherwise a pretty nice system for the area. More climbing than any other trail in Iowa. The Riverside trail is a fast and flowy.

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  • darenbeenen

    The trails here are great! Start out at Star field and its an immediate fast and fun drop into the woods. The trails are not hard but become more fun the faster you ride them. There area lot of climbs but they are worth it with the fun downhill sections. A lot of thought went into the layout of the trails and it makes the downs feel a lot longer and faster than they are. I suggest you take an entire weekend to enjoy the trails here. There's warm showers, real toilets, and fresh drinking water. The camping has nice hidden spots with a fire ring and picnic table. The workers are outstanding and take the time to talk and ask questions about how you are enjoying your time at whiterock. Bottom line, the trails are a ton of fun and this place would be good for the whole family to enjoy a weekend outdoors.

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