Iowa Trail Running – Squire Point

Snowcovered trail in Squire Point. Winter trees no leaves.

The tranquil still of winter in the wooded slopes along Coralville Lake

Squire Point and Woodpecker trails form a 6-mile network meandering along wooded slopes on the banks of Coralville Lake. A short drive from Coralville, Iowa City, North Liberty and Solon, the trails are a local favorite, serving as a natural refuge amidst rapidly expanding commercial and residential developments in the area.

Snowcovered stairs on Squire Point trail.

The varied elevation profile makes for dynamic hiking, trail running, and cross country skiing in the winter.

Snow covered trail through the trees at Squire Point.

Ample tree cover provides a respite from the summer heat and frigid winter gusts.

Snow covered creek leading to frozen lake.

Time and the pull of gravity at work; a channel is cut as water drains into the lake.

Shadowy forest.

The trails are a fountain of energy and rejuvenation.

Sunny view of Coralville Lake through the trees.

Coralville Lake dominates the landscape along most of the route.

Wooden pedestrian bridge at Squire Point.

Wooden bridges guide visitors across two of the larger stream crossings.

Long shaddows of tree trunks on the snow.

Early morning is one of the best times to enjoy the area.

Flat frozen lake stretching out ahead.

By mid-winter each year, the main body of Coralville Lake is frozen over. The coves are already frozen before Thanksgiving this year due to early winter weather.

Snow covered lake beach.

Venturing off the established trail leads to some great beach running.

Calm lake water.

Early morning and late afternoon light produces spectacular color on the lake.

Snow covered frozen lake surface. Leaning trees.

A reflective, calming quiet reigns in the winter without the roar of boats cruising along the lake.

Squire Point, along nearby trails at Kent Park and Lake McBride, form a trinity of enticing natural recreation areas in the greater Iowa City region.

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