The Rides of Summer

The Rides of Summer!  

A Return to Beaver Creek

I can't remember when I last visited Beaver Creek Natural Resource Area in Johnston.  It hasn't been that long ago has it?  The surprising discovery of a huge building on the north end area and some sort of residential complex in a former prairie area proved it's been longer than I thought. 

How unfortunate that corporate/urban development had to impact such a beautiful oasis within the city.  It's hard not to get bummed seeing how this natural resource has shrunk.

Despite the changes, it's still worth a visit.  Its looping trail begs for a leisurely bike ride, walk or jog.   Beaver Creek Natural Resource Area would be a fun place to take kids for a ride.  The flat trail loops and winds around without interacting with traffic.

The nature area can be accessed via Crown Point, Terra Park, and Lew Clarkson Park.  During the evenings or weekends, the parking lots of Pioneer Campus provide easy access.

There are no facilities in this area so plan accordingly for any necessary bathroom or water breaks.  The city has several informational signs posted along the trail speaking to the prairie and wetland areas. 

Happy Riding!


A Fair Weather Tunnel

Waukee has a new tunnel along the Heart of the Warrior trail providing a safer crossing of Alice's Road.  Heads up though.  It's safer but weather permitting.  


Like the trail tunnels of West Des Moines, this one will prove to be problematic when it rains filling entry points with water and/or when snow has melted and then refroze. 

Approaching from the West I dismounted and very slowly shuffled my way across the ice.  Inside the tunnel was dry and the walls graffitied.  The Eastern side was patchy with snow, ice, and big puddles thanks to the water coming down the wall from overhead. 


It will be great to have this tunnel on dry days, but I'm bummed about it being suited for fair weather.