Brent’s Trail, a new hiking trail in Harrison County’s Loess Hills, will have a grand opening event Saturday, June 8.

The event is free and open to the public. A welcome and trail dedication will begin at 9 a.m. at the Murray Hill Scenic Overlook.

Optional guided hikes will start at Murray Hill at 9:30 a.m. 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.

Hikers may hike half the route (about four miles) ending at 138th Trail, or the full route (about eight miles) ending at the 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.

The trail is named after long-time state forester Brent Olson and is a partnership between the Harrison County Conservation Board (HCCB) and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Other partners and supporters include Friends of the Loess Hills State Forest and Preparation Canyon State Park, the Loess Hills Missouri River Region, the Golden Hills RC&D, and the Loess Hills Alliance.

Hikers should note 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, halfway point, and end, but the rest of the hike will be remote back country with no services.

More information can be found at the Golden Hills RC&D website.