hiking
2 months ago

took a trip to lakeside nature center for my son's boy scouts last year. after learning about the animals and seeing the Eagles and such we went outside and a few of us hiked this trail. very fun, kids loved it. cool rock formations.

hiking
3 months ago

Lovely easy-to-moderate 2-mile (if you take all the various paths) trail. My small dog absolutely loved it. Nice rock formations, views, pretty forest and flowers, some wildlife. Hidden gem with early-out paths, several benches and a currently dried out creek bed. A little bit of trash here and there, but overall very pretty. Surface is mostly natural but occasionally gravel. Will definitely return.

Great for hiking with pets and getting a time away! Long trail with many beautiful rocks and out looks.

mountain biking
4 months ago

trail running
4 months ago

I run variations here 3x per week. Easy hike, tough runs. iPhone maps show all trails, check at intersections then take off in loop of choice. Busiest on weekends of course; I was the only human there early on WED afternoon.

So far, i love the Woodchuck trail and cant wait to knock it out so i can start on the Rancho d' Lux trail.
Took awhile to find a starting point for a trail and when i did start, i had no idea which one i was on because there are slim to none of any signs. Nor, is there any maps on the trail like there is at Shawnee Mission Park trails. I had to go online and print out a map.
Online- i noticed the creators have added on a new phase to the Woodchuck trail but the map does not indicate where the phases even start.
Another downside is that you can hear traffic but its not too bad- its easy to block out when you're enjoying the rocky incline.
Trails are clear and nicely maintained. Not to mention, theyre full of wildlife. Ive seen deer, snakes, birds, squirrels and crazy gnarly spiders. Dont worry, theyre more scared than you are.

All in all, this is a great park with great trails.

Solid, if not unspectacular, multi-trail park about 15-20 min from downtown KC. Can create multiple loops. Minor elevation changes - switchbacks on the Woodchuk Trail are cool. They are expanding that trail. Share with mountain bikers, but you can see them coming. Can hear cars on multiple roads even from the interior trails, so that's not the best. Rocky Bluffs hiking-only trail has some interesting rock formations.

I'd advise taking a picture of the trail map at the start of the trail, as the signage is minimal (though apparent) on the trailheads, and the trails themselves have no paint and aren't otherwise marked.

This trail could only be considered "moderate" in difficulty for someone who is woefully out of shape, though it does, like I said, have some minor elevation changes.

Trails are well-maintained and are visually appealing. Can spot deer. I would recommend trail shoes as it is rocky in some places.