High Trestle Trail – Des Moines, Iowa

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High Trestle Trail is well known for its distinctive, geometric bridge that is lit up at night. There are several trailheads to park at – the QF lane spot in Madrid is roughly 1 mile east of the bridge, and the closest access point. These pictures are taken from parking and walking from that spot; it is a very flat, completely paved trail. Look out for bicyclists and windy weather as hazards, and enjoy the beautiful views!

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Name: High Trestle Trail
Address: Trailheads at: 69 W 1st St Ankeny, IA 50023 &  27 S Main St Woodward, IA 50276 &  IA-210 Qf Ln Madrid, IA 50156 (closest to high trestle trail bridge) & S Kennedy Ave & S Madison St Madrid, IA 50156 & S Carrol St and W 6th Ave Slater, Iowa 50244
Type: Places to hike
Bathrooms: Yes
Shade: Yes, shaded trails
Playground: No
Trails: Yes, dirt
Water: Yes, along a river
Other notes:  Trail map here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?ll=41.872373%2C-93.88813&spn=0.110696%2C0.207367&hl=en&msa=0&z=12&ie=UTF8&iwloc=0004a0bb6d45af79befe8%20%3Chttp%3A%2F%2Fmaps.googl&mid=1ipgCTwcpHr07ntc5ENngkempwWA
Official Website:  https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/conservation/parks-trails/13-high-trestle-trail/ & http://www.inhf.org/high-trestle-trail-intro.cfm
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Other things nearby of note:

McColl Park

Swede Point Park
If you’re looking for other places to get outside, check back-in with the interactive map!


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