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Shooting Star Trail

A short, steep trail to the top of the Whiterock bluff.

Type: Hike, Bike

Length: 1 mile

Shade: Fully shaded

Parking/Access: Park and access from River Campground (cross Fig Ave. bridge, trailhead on the left). For a longer route, use Little Dipper and Big Dipper in the other direction from Star Field Campground.

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Despite its short length, Shooting Star has Whiterock’s steepest trail incline! Traveling up this trail you will reach the top of the Whiterock bluff, which is the tallest Dakota sandstone outcrop at Whiterock Conservancy. Peeking through the trees at the top, notice the Middle Raccoon River that is responsible for building up this outcrop as well as the River Campground below. Bikers and Hikers enjoy the challenge of climbing this trail’s steep incline and reward of racing back down. This trail allows visitors to connect between the River Campground and Star Field Campground through the Big Dipper and Little Dipper trails. Like other forested trails, Shooting Star is prone to fallen trees and branches after storms as well as wet spots. Report downed trees/other maintenance issues to

Caution: There is a sharp drop-off and stream crossing at the main trailhead (Fig Ave entrance). Bikers must dismount for safe crossing of this section. The trail has sections that are sandy and has steep drop offs. When water levels are high, this trail may close entirely due to the stream crossing flooding. Before using this trail, always check for closure information on the homepage.


Material: dirt, sand. 

Width: narrow. 

Though a short trail, Shooting Star has a steep initial incline to reach of top of the bluff. The drop-off point and stream crossing at the beginning of the trail may make access difficult when water levels are high. Always check for trail closures before using this trail.

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