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Brent's Trail Grand Opening

Head to the Loess Hills for the grand opening of Brent’s Trail, a new, eight-mile hiking trail in Harrison County. A welcome and trail dedication will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Murray Hill Scenic Overlook. Optional, guided hikes will start at Murray Hill at 9:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Hikers may hike half the route (about 4 miles) ending at 138th Trail, or the full route (about 8 miles) ending at Gleason-Hubel Wildlife Area. Shuttles will be available from the halfway and end points back to the parking area. The full hike will take a few hours.

About Brent's Trail

Brent's Trail is an 8-mile hiking trail connecting Murray Hill Scenic Overlook, Loess Hills State Forest, and Gleason-Hubel Wildlife Area. The trail is named after longtime state forester Brent Olson. The trail is a partnership between Harrison County Conservation Board and Iowa Department of Natural Resources. 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.

  • Event is free and open to the public.
  • Refreshments will be available.
  • Hikers should note that this is a rugged hike on dirt and grass surfaces. Proper shoes, clothing, water, snacks, bug spray, and sun repellent are required if hiking. 
  • A sack lunch is recommended for those who plan to hike the entire trail.
  • Portable toilets will be available at the start and midway points but the rest of the hike will be remote backcountry with no services.

Attendees should park at the base of Murray Hill along 124th Trail near Easton Trail. Shuttles will be available up to the Murray Hill parking lot.


Contact Golden Hills RC&D Project Coordinator Lance Brisbois at


Saturday, June 8, 2019


Murray Hill Scenic Overlook
1633 Easton Tr
Little Sioux, IA 51545

Lance Brisbois