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The Brickyard and Sycamore trail

Average Rating:    (3.21 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 14

tricky drops, screaming singletrack, techincal sweet spots, and soon to be some North shore type stuff. This is a trail that has been used for decades by ATV's and 4x4's but has recently been designated a off road bike trail and closed to all motor vehicles.
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Latitude
41.628916336415024
Longitude
-93.64574432373047
Trail Directions
northeast side of Des Moines trailhead is on Euclid ave. on the east side of the Target parking lot.
Trail Length
15 miles if you ride everything
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Des Moines
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Review Date
October 13, 2004

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: shznit65 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail is ok but is really getting bad because of the motorized traffic that can not be regulated enough!rutts and mud and overall trashy....really dissapointing

Recommended Route:
behind target

Other recommended trails in the same area:
greenwood park trail kicks this trails butt!!try and never go back to this one!



Comments
wj4play (02/08/2012)
is this trail still around?

I used to ride this trail way back in the 80's and 90's I used to know these trails like the back of my hand. any recent info would be great.
Thanks
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Review Date
June 17, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: BruceBrown ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
A nice "along the river" trail that has the options to test you if you choose to go up into the woods at the brickyard. Lots of singletrack up in that area that is not very clearly marked, but just allows you to meander around up and down chutes and gulleys to test your stamina. After you do that, head back down to the river and ride the rest of Sycamore which hangs along the river with some nice sand and banked curves as you wind your way north of the Target Store to Johnstown and back (or start in Johnstown and ride to Target and back).

I would avoid the trail when it is wet or caked with mud (which is often due to the rainfall).

Recommended Route:
Start either at the trailhead at Target on Euclid or at the north end off the highway in Johnstown. At the brickyard area - head up into the woods and singletrack for some fun. Again - a lot of the trail remains not marked so it is easy to find yourself getting lost at times.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Best known secret in Iowa: Lake Ahquabi south of Indianola, Iowa. A multi-use trail that has hikers, mountain bikers and cross country skiers (in winter) that goes around the lake through the woods. A nice course with plenty of up and downs that challenge one to maintain a momentum. A couple of more challenging granny gear climbs - including one up a several hundred yard gravel and log staircase that will burn anyone's lungs.

There are a lot of singletrack trails in the woods before you reach the lake right off of the first picnic area when entering the State Park. Park in the lot by the first picnic area before descending down to the lake. The trails are off to the northeast side o These are the "real" mountain biking trails and are filled with logs, tough climbs and descents, gorgeous wooded views and are the "secret" that very few know about. There are about 3 decent sized loops that all merge at one point or another. Probably the best mountain biking secret in Iowa. I've been biking these trails for nearly a year and hardly ever see another set of tracks - let alone another bike. Not so on the main loop around the lake, but these gems are worth the trip to ride.



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Review Date
October 1, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Less than 1 month

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Reviewed by: cedge100 ,  Cross Country Rider , from Norfolk, NE

Summary:
Great trail, lots of variety and easy to get to.

Strengths:
High banked corners, variety of terrain make for an interesting and fast ride.

Weaknesses:
Hard to figure out the actual loop but any trail is a good trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Omaha and Lincoln, NE trails



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Review Date
March 28, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Kyle , from Clive

Summary:
I dont know what review means but RYAN RULES!

Recommended Route:
Go around until you find the place then turn left and youre there.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Science Center



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Review Date
January 20, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Ryan , from Des Moines, IA

Summary:
This trail provides hours of fun. Ive been there many times and still find new trails and things to do each time I go. This trail has a lot of smooth XC riding, but up on the hills by the pond in the brickyard is a lot of fast single track and some small downhill (which i can do on my 100% XC bike.) Anyone on any bike can enjoy this trail for a whole day.

Recommended Route:
If you want a nice warm up ride before the hills of the brickyard, park at the target. But if you just want to get straight to the action, park right in front of the cement barriers off of 66th i think and its all right there.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
science center



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