Take a Hike: Des Moines River Valley & High Trestle Trail

Fall was just starting to creep into the landscape when I had a free day to get out and explore the Des Moines River Valley area and the High Trestle Trail near Madrid, Iowa. While hanging out on the boat ramp, snapping away at the fall colors along the river, I noticed a blue heron on the far side of the river, not seeming to care that I was there. My longest lens only goes to 250mm, so getting close, crisp shots of him was difficult, but I thought he was too cool not to include.

DSM River at Madrid 2 tcs35per watermarkedDSM River at Madrid 4 tcs35per watermarked

Heron on Des Moines River watermarkedHeron on Des Moines River 2 watermarked

I’ve hiked the High Trestle Trail trail once before, and while it’s usually packed with more bikers than hikers, it’s definitely worth the trip whether you’re making it on feet or wheels. Since I was here a little over a year ago, I decided to try to photograph it through fresh eyes, trying out some new angles and vantage points.

HTT left side west view 1 watermarkedHTT fall colors peeking watermarkedHTT arches 2 watermarkedHTT arches 1 watermarkedHTT arches 1 LK watermarkedHTT arches 2 ansel watermarkedHTT Metal Arches FDG watermarkedHTT from platform 1 watermarked

I also hiked in from the attached Grant Woods trail–something that wasn’t developed the last time I was here–and found fall colors starting to grace the landscape with their presence. I also met a friendly grasshopper who obliged me for about 10 minutes while I got up-close and personal with him.

HTT hike in trail tcs80per watermarkedWooded trail to HTT watermarkedhalf yellow tree 1 watermarkedhalf yellow tree 3 watermarkedBits of fall in Boone County 1 watermarkedGolden leaf on trail tcs70per watermarkedYellow leaft 1 watermarkedgrasshopper 2 mp60per watermarkedgrasshopper 1 mp60per watermarkedgrasshopper 3 watermarked

My next trip to this spot will hopefully be at night to capture the unique glow of the lights that align the metal trusses in the center of the bridge.

On my way home, I detoured through Woodward and captured a few shots of their unique mural depicting a past presence of Native American culture and train travel though the area.

Woodward Mural 3 watermarkedWoodward Mural 1 watermarkedWoodward Mural 2 watermarked

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s