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Greenwood Park

Average Rating:    (3.57 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 14

There is a east and west side, separated by the black top bike trail. All single track. West is one longer trail. East is a Spider Web of trails, experiment for best line. Please be kind to trail and stay away from the Science Center trail so we don't piss them off.
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Latitude
41.58193758475913
Longitude
-93.68144989013672
Trail Directions
Get off at 42 street exit, head south. Turn west on grand ave, turn south just before the art center, follow this road to the park. Two entrances to the trail, near a small brick building at pond or off of the Bill Riley trail that starts in Pool parking lot.
Trail Length
2.5 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Des Moines
   


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Review Date
November 24, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: MudAce ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I'm glad these trails have survived through out the years.The east side behind the pool. Was a part of our mtn bike teams daily ride. in the 1980's/early 90's. Alot of these trails where only deer trails. i can remember several trips as a group to clear trails.(it's fun) . our team was the Bike world MUD ACES. we also blazed alot of the trail at sayloville lake know as the boy scout trail. This was a great place to ride. until the powers that be. Decided that it should be hiker only. I've been out of mtn bikes for a few years. but now i pulled out the ole Ritchey acsent. and it's as ready to hit the trails as it ever was. man this thing still rides like a dream.Maybe I will run into some of you at the greenwood trails. (good place for me to get back into the sport)
thanks for reading my rant.



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Review Date
August 7, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Elduder ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode down by Indianolia at first on the Summerset trials then after calling a bike shop they directed me here. They also called this center trails since it is in about the center of Des Moines. Overall fairly flat but flowy and somewhat well maintained. They do like their wood stunts here for sure one was a 2x6 about 30' long or so that at the high point was about 4 feet or so above the ground. I only give this place 2 chilis for tech but if you ride all the wood stuff I would upgrade that to 3 or 4.

Recommended Route:
To ride these go to the back of the park by the pool they start in the back left corner of the parking lot. This side is very spider webby but I had little trouble hooking up a fun route. Once you hook back up with the paved trail you can cross the creek and dive back in on the water works section that was nice but a bit overgrown but not a major problem at all. I would up doing about 15 easy miles.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Summerset down by Indianola since it built on an old strip mine nice fun factor.



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Review Date
June 18, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: borasam ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
These trails are a few of the best maintained trails anywhere. The fact that these trails are within the city boundaries of Des Moines is amazing. There are over 10 miles of sweet singletrack with enough of everything an XC rider can whish for (sorry, no rocks). There are flat and technical sections as well as heart pounding climbs followed by death defying descents and did I mentioned is only a few blocks from downtown?
Another feature of these trails is the sense of wilderness. Amid being so close to the city riders will be in constant interaction with nature, crossing creeks, riding on the snow ,getting mixed up in a heard of deer and bunny-hopping varmints are part of the experience.
It is important to say that these trails, like many other require a great deal of appreciation and recognition. Many of these magnificent areas are being threatened by lack of planning and designation, that is why an association was created 10 years ago to address these and many other issues related to these and other dirt surface trails in central Iowa.
CITA, Central Iowa Trail Association has been the instrumental on keeping open access to users by creating alliances with all interested parties including neighbors, users and government agencies. The group host weekly rides as well as competitive events to showcase the trail system. They also mobilize armies of volunteers to repair, build and maintain all of the 10 to 12 miles of single-track without heavy machinery or toxic chemicals. Today CITA faces one of it’s biggest challenges yet. After a terrible flood in the early summer 2008 many of the bridges where washed away by overflowing creeks. Many sections of the trail where simply re-claimed by the Des Moines River and lost to erosion. Now, more than ever CITA needs volunteers. They will also need our help to rebuild bridges and re-route many sections of single-track. Log in to www. centraliowatrail.com to find out how you can help. Also check out the events calendar and the huge photo archive.



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Review Date
August 7, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: word91 ,  Racer

Summary:
Probably one of the best trails without having to drive anywhere to far. It's got lots of fun spots and some challenging logs to get over and some pretty fun decents. If anyone knows who maintains it or builds all those little bridge things I'd love to help. If therre were more jumps and bridges the trails wouyld be way better, but i still think it's sweet.



Comments
fully (04/30/2007)
CITA maintains these trails; get involved.

www.centraliowatrails.org
mikedoubleg (11/27/2007)
Wow, I've been in IOWA for 4 years now and I had no clue about those trails. Too bad my clueless self just found out about it as it is cold now. In any case I'm into downhilling in for a while (out of state) and i would love to see those trails. Also as word91, i can help build the trails and i could with the local authorization make dirt jumps and drops.

In any case I definitely needs to go check it out.
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Review Date
October 13, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: shznit65 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
There hasn't been a recent thread on this lately so I'll try and let you guys know what I like about these trails this last month! I used to only ride the trails at the bottom left of the pool parking lot.They will kick my butt with the climbs.One of them I have never mastered yet!(steep) Lately I have noticed what I think are some new trails branching off at the top of the hill.(several going of to the right and winding back to the main trail! These are really great little single track downhill sections ,back and forth that you can get to much speed if not careful they all come out on the paved trail! The old faithful trail by the pond and the brick shack has been changed a bit for the better I think with a creek crossing If you stay to the left. And great bonsai downhill speed across wooden bridges that will make the novice think twice! Only one good climb this way! Also the trail to the west(by 63rd) is a great 3-4 mile switch back easy novice trail along the river with tons of deer and animals everywhere! Some log trail crossing that are challenging !

Recommended Route:
1 trial at left end of pool parking . 1 trail at upper pond next to brick shack. 1 trail along paved trail to left up along train bridge,over train bridge to left after bridge.left or right after that. and continued to the right and back over train track to another paved trail with trail entrance 100 yards down to right . trail exits by paved again

Other recommended trails in the same area:
behind target on euclid ..goes for along way but is really rutted by motorized vehicles



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