Sycamore Trail - TRAIL

Sycamore Trail - Trail, Johnstown / Des Moines, Iowa

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.

User Reviews (5)

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Stephen   Cross Country Rider [Apr 03, 2013]

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.

Similar Products Used: Center Trails by Art Center
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alex55   Weekend Warrior [Mar 28, 2008]

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.

Customer Service

Brickyard hills by the lake.

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lfhoots   Weekend Warrior [Aug 12, 2005]

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.

Customer Service

North half for easy riding, South half for more technical riding.

Similar Products Used: Greenwood Park
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Bake   Cross Country Rider [Oct 13, 2003]

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.

Customer Service

Only one.

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Rob   [Mar 27, 2002]

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.

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used: Greenwood trails by the Science Center, Greenwood Park and Ashworth pool.
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