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Shawnee Mission Park

Shawnee, KS

There are three bike/hike trails here. Violet loop is an advanced trail that is pretty rocky. Orange loop which is an intermediate trail. The violet trail is a lil too rocky for my liking. Although, the orange trail is a blast! You pick up some serious speeds at times.I ride it at-least once a week.

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Shawnee Mission Park
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Overall: It's a good trail considering it's so close to the city.
Usage: I run/hike the trail multiple times a week and occasionally encounter bikers or other runners. I take my dogs to the dog park on the weekends, I'd imagine the trail is as busy as the dog park is which would suck IMO. (I don't enjoy traffic on the trail as much as my dogs do.) On a side note, the dog park is by far the best I have ever seen/heard of/visited.
Do the entire orange- to-red -to -violet loop and it makes for a nice mini get-away. Once I get onto the red trail, I hardly ever encounter another person.
Wildlife: Other than squirrels I've only come across a deer and a snake sunning.

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wyandotte County Lake
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In prep for elk hunting we did this trail almost once a week. Trails are rough in places......but I'm not complaining. Helps condition the ankles and knees. Only compliant is the trail does get over grown in some places and seed ticks will get u if u don't bring repellant(deet)
Quiet trail. Dog friendly
Some really great hills.
With a 30# pack we did the trail in just under 2hr15minutes.
Our Idaho elk hunt went very well conditioning wise.
The kids area is incredible. Our kids have a great time.

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Shawnee Mission Park
by Kate Willis

2 Completed 2 Reviews

Good trail, but more for bikers than hikers. Trails are not wide and moving over for bikes left little room. Trails are not marked until you get to where they all meet. Going to leave these trails to the bikers.

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Rock Town Hiking Trail
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Rock City is rated as one of the top hikes in the state. I suppose its relative to what is available in the state. Most will not find it remarkable. However, it is a nice hike through a pristine prairie, nice lake views, and yes a couple nice rock formations. It was a pleasant hike.

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Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
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13 Completed 1 Reviews

Very nice hike over grass, dirt and gravel trails. Natural beauty of the land takes one's breath away. Plenty of different trails available, mostly flat but there are some long, gradual uphills. Enjoyed seeing the sea of tall grass, even had the pleasure of seeing a herd or bison, Recommend this trail if you want nice long or short hikes. Did not see too many other hikers which added to the solitude.

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Crystal Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Any trail I take will be twice the difficulty with the dog team. Narley decent on sand with roots that make great stop steps. The trail is a gradual up and down with twists but only two surprises. A culvert crossing that was very narrow at speed and a down tree on the right fork. Completely covers the trail but you can get around it in the over your shoulders tall grass. A little scary when you think snakes. As a hiker you can crawl under it. Great dirt track very good technical accent and decent with the team a perfect place to teach young dogs patience.

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wyandotte County Lake
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Good trail, you'll forget you are in Kansas with all the elevation change. We saw a lot of wildlife including deer and a turkey. This trail isn't very well marked, so in places you'll want either your smartphone or a good map. We saw several people, hikers, mountain bikers, horse riders. With the traffic, you would think this trail would be clear, but there are some areas where it's almost overgrown. Got into some stinging nettles, which are not fun, but I would still recommend it. Oh yeah, and the chiggers, spray yourself before you go or suffer the consequences.

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