The Mines of Spain 100 loop is a 20-mile course of trails located within the Mines of Spain Recreation Area in Dubuque, IA. It’s my favorite set of trails because it covers diverse terrain within a morning’s run. This route has everything from fast, flat, dirt single track, to steep, technical climbs, prairie, dense forest, creek crossings, and everything in between. The route offers stunning views of the Mississippi River, a tour through the iconic Horseshoe Bluff, an old farmstead, and the Julien Dubuque monument. The 20-mile route is challenging, but rewarding, and includes approximately 2,600 feet of gain, just in case you thought Iowa was flat. 😉
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