Approximately 4.5 miles. This is a moderate to challenging route depending on your fitness level. Runners and walkers are all welcome. You start off on pavement, but quickly turn off onto trails that take you on the East Lake Trail with the lake on one side and rocks on the other and then the Bluebird Trail with wide open prairie paths. You finish back at the Backbone Beach Lodge where refreshments await!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is organizing this event? Backbone Friends Group is a non-profit organization who's mission is to promote and support the activities of the Upper Maquoketa River Alliance and related organizations and agencies with similar natural resource concerns. To promote the general social welfare of the counties through the establishment, operation, management, and maintenance of properties as conservation and education demonstration areas. To promote and assist economic development related to the areas natural, historic, and human resources.
Q: Are walkers accepted? Yes! This course is a challenge so you won't be the only one.
Q: Where do the proceeds of this event go? To Backbone State Park of course! The Backbone Friends Group provides funding for projects that the normal park budget cannot absorb. These projects and purchases have assisted in the protection of the parks watershed, provided promotional support, purchased items that improve park visitors experience such as playground equipment, trees, and much much more!