3 miles
546 ft
-545 ft
Avg time
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Big Dipper Trail Details

  • Riding Area
    Whiterock Conservancy
    Coon Rapids, Iowa
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Global Ranking
  • Year Opened
  • Land Manager
    Whiterock Conservancy

Big Dipper Trail starts off of either side of the Little Dipper and finishes on the other side of the Little Dipper Loop. Use this trail to connect to Shooting Star Trail or to make a quick loop around the Star Field. This trail is plenty fun in both directions, but might be just be a bit better when riding counter-clockwise.

When starting on the east side of Little Dipper, take a right onto Big Dipper and follow it down into a switchback followed by a creek crossing. After crossing the creek, start climbing back into the trees and follow the trail in and out of the ravines. After the first few ravines, the descending starts to pick up.

Almost half way through, you'll descend a sandy section with some exposure and then cross another stream. Begin climbing slightly into a quick push up a 50-yard steeper section, before you get a break through the flats. At this point, you'll come to the intersection with Shooting Star Trail.

Take Shooting Star Trail at this point if you would like to link up with the other trails like Riverside Trail and Bobcat.

To continue on Big Dipper and head back towards Star Field, take a left and go up the switchback. Continue sweeping through the trees, riding in and out of the ravines, descending and climbing along the way. You'll then run into a T intersection with Little Dipper. Take a right to get back to the shower house at Star Field or take a left to have a bit more fun and ride Little Dipper back around the Star Field, bringing you back to the shower house with just a bit more riding.

Closed when wet

Bikes and hikers only. Rider fee ($3/day) payable at multiple self-serve stations

Camping Available

Dogs Allowed- Off or on Leash

Access Info

This trail is accessable from either the Start Field Trailhead Via Little Dipper of from River Campground Trailhead Via Shooting Star Trail

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More Stats for Big Dipper Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    2 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,112 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,256 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,252 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,254 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    845 ft
  • Avg time
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to big-dipper-trail trailhead (41.804685, -94.639249)
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May 27, 2016 @ 8:36pm
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Big Dipper Trail, Coon Rapids
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Big Dipper Trail, Coon Rapids
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May 27, 2016 @ 8:35pm
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Big Dipper Trail, Coon Rapids

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