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Sycamore Trail

Average Rating:    (3 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

All river bottoms and mostly flat; however, great high speed banked corners created by quads (four wheelers). The trail has been there for years and was reacently adopted by the DNR by leasing the land from Army Corps. of Eng., and now is offically open to biking. Plans to restore an old train bridge will extend the trail to Euclid St. Target store parking lot, which is an acess point to the rest of the trail system. I frequently walk the I-beams of the old bridge, but I don't advise trying if you are scared of hights because it drops straight off 35 feet to the creek below and the beams are only 1 1/2 feet wide for 100 feet.
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Latitude
41.627889844128426
Longitude
-93.6463451385498
Trail Directions
Take I-35 north of Des Moines get off at the first Ankeny exit. Turn left (west), and proceed on hi-way 160 for 3.75 miles approx. Next, turn left (south), on hi-way 915. At the first set of lights (about 1.5 miles), turn right on to Route 6F (no sign). Drive until you cross the Des Moines River, and the parking area is on your left (south), approx. 250 yards past the bridge.
Trail Length
16 miles total out and back
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Johnstown / Des Moines
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
April 3, 2013

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Stephen ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Not a great trail for the following reasons. First, the trail in many places was quite moist, but given that moisture, alot of the trail was simply loose soil. It is not as hard packed as the center trails. It is hard to gain speed in many parts of the trail and generally is not hard packed at all. The trail is also hard to follow in certain parts and is not distinctly clear. Finally, I would say that because of the ATVs and dirt bikes that have ridden the trail, it simply has been worn with too many ruts. It is certainly ridable but there just is not much speed to be had on it in my opinion.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Center Trails by Art Center



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Review Date
March 28, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: alex55 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
As it is right now, it isn't great. It stays muddy way too long . It isn't maintained very well. Cool stuff by the Brickyard/lake. Lots of potential for some awesome trails.

Recommended Route:
Brickyard hills by the lake.



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Review Date
August 12, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: lfhoots ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Nice beginner/intermediate trail. Approximately 6.5 miles from one end to the other. North half is very level with some open areas along a power line and along the north side of I-80. South half in the area around the old brickyard is more technical. Have encountered ATVs before which I believe are illegal on this trail. I've never had problems with the ATVs - I just pull over and let them go. Lots of ruts along the route which leave many mud holes for quite a while following a significant rain. Lots of deer and other wild life. Quite a few good views of the Des Moines River when you slow down enough to take in the scenery.

Recommended Route:
North half for easy riding, South half for more technical riding.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Greenwood Park



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Review Date
October 13, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Bake ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Trail follows the river for a distance of about 16 miles. Overall flat terrain with a few small steep hills. Also some roller coaster like areas also.

The trail was originally used by ATV's so it is not a "singletrack". I would call it doubletrack I guess.

ATV's still use the trail (illegally) so conditions vary on the trail.

If you don't want to do any climbing this is a good trail. Lots of time for constant pedaling without much need for shifting. Watch your speed as there are lots of blind corners and riders use the trail in both directions.

The bridge connecting the south and north sections was completed a couple years back.

Recommended Route:
Only one.



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Review Date
March 27, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Rob , from Des Moines, IA

Summary:
This trail is pretty cool. It is long and there are scenic views along the river, especially in the fall. There are also some very steep downhill trails along the banks. Becareful after rain, this mud is insane, i couldn't ride 10ft without my tires and brakes getting so gunked up they couldn't move.

Recommended Route:
Go to the intersection of M.L.K. Parkway and Douglas/Euclid (they are the same street.) Park in the target parking lot, and you will see the entrance sign for the trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Greenwood trails by the Science Center, Greenwood Park and Ashworth pool.



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