An eight-mile hiking trail in Harrison County’s Loess Hills is now open.
Named after longtime state forester Brent Olson, the trail connects the Murray Hill Scenic Overlook, Loess Hills State Forest and Gleason-Hubel Wildlife Area.
In partnership with the Harrison County Conservation Board and Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Brent’s Trail is a “rugged” hike on dirt and grass surfaces in remote back country without service, according to release from Golden Hills RC&D.
“The idea of the trail has been around for several years. In the past couple of years, they’ve been clearing the trail and getting it ready,” said Lance Brisbois, project coordinator at Golden Hills.
Although the trail is open, a grand opening ceremony and hike will be held June 8 at 9 a.m., with a guided hike to follow at 9:30 a.m.
Parking is available at the base of Murray Hill along 124th Trail near Easton Trail. Shuttles will be available up to the Murray Hill parking lot, the release said.
For attendees planning to hike the trail, Brisbois said proper shoes, clothing, water, snacks, bug spray and sun repellent are required. A sack lunch is recommended for those who plan to hike the entire trail.
The halfway point (about four miles) ends at 138th Trail, the full route (about eight miles) ends at Gleason-Hubel Wildlife Area on 1434 Larpenteur Memorial Road. Shuttles will be available from the halfway and end points back to the parking area. Portable toilets will be available at the start, halfway and end points.
Brisbois said the full route takes about four hours.
Other partners and supporters include Friends of the Loess Hills State Forest and Preparation Canyon State Park, Loess Hills Missouri River Region, Golden Hills RC&D, and Loess Hills Alliance.
More information is available at goldenhillsrcd.org/brentstrail.
Contact Loess Hills State Forester Jeff Seago 712-456-2924 or Harrison County Conservation Board Director Scott Nelson 712-647-2785 with questions.