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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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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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Elk River Hiking Trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

absolutely gorgeous trail. very different from most in Kansas. pay attention as it will trip you up if you're running, but take time to enjoy the unique trick formations and incredible bluffs. well worth the trip and time.

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clinton lake north shore trails
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

highly recommend hitting the red section at sun rise or sunset. gorgeous. the trail is not very hilly like most in Kansas. but it's a good trail and gives some good scenery. easily accessible, easy runnable, very enjoyable.

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wyandotte County Lake
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

great trail but tough when get to the three hills. love running this trail but it kicks my butt. watch out for horses.

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Gary L Haller Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

A love this trail. You can access it from various points. There are a couple loops for shorter distances, but the 17 mile trail is all the way from the north end to the south end. Well maintained and always has enough traffic to feel secure. I walk it, but it seems like the majority of travelers are bikers.

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wyandotte County Lake
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12 Completed 1 Reviews

One of my favorite mountain bike trails. Most of it flows very well and is easy to go fast. All of the trails are very well maintained and are always being improved. The best part is the "OZ" downhill section which is not too difficult and I especially love the big berms. Stay to the right for those.
It is easy to get lost with all of the intersections but they are plainly numbered and some have maps. There is nothing that is overly technical and I don't have any trouble despite being over 60 years old. I have include a link to get a great map.
This trail seems to dry faster than most of the other trails in the KC area.

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Cottonwood Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

The walk was very nice, but I would not call this a hiking trail, more like a walking path. The path is completely covered by trees, so it provides some nice shade. Unfortunately past campers have left their trash around, but it was still a pretty area.

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Konza Prairie Nature Trail Loop
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

The hike was very beautiful and quick to complete. The bathroom facilities were clean and it is nice that pets are not allowed on the path, so you don't have to worry where you step. The guidebooks were nice to follow along with. There is zero shade though, so make sure to bring plenty of water. It was quite a scorcher out there in August.

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Eagle Ridge Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

From the trail head the path climbs then drops several times. Thanks to the recent rain much of the path had DEEP ruts from washout. New horse trail riders and mountain bikers should be cautious the trail is narly! It does offer a challenge navigating through trees and up or down ravines. A fun trail but not for the faint of heart. Will do it again just not the first time back on trail with a three-dog;)

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