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Elk River Hiking Trail

Elk City, KS

Elk River Hiking Trail is a 11.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Elk City, KS that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Recent Reviews

on Wyandotte County Lake Loo...
3 days ago

hiking
13 Completed13 Reviews

I decided to hike this loop today and there happened to be a race on a large portion of these trails. The route was marked with flags so I didn't get lost, but had it not been marked I would have had trouble in a few spots. Overall there were a few muddy spots but nothing bad, lots of hills and rocks. Lots of others trails in the park to explore as well.

on Shawnee Mission Park
4 days ago

hiking
13 Completed14 Reviews

Well maintained off-leash park with a few trails. Otherwise wide and flat.

on Shawnee Mission Park
4 days ago

hiking
13 Completed14 Reviews

on Shawnee Mission Park
4 days ago

13 Completed14 Reviews

on Cedar Crest Trail; MacLen...
6 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

on George Lathan Hiking Trai...
7 days ago

backpacking
2 Completed2 Reviews

on Elk River Hiking Trail
9 days ago

backpacking
1 Completed1 Reviews

Just completed the full trail.

Thru hike with some incredible views for the first 4 miles. After that it is pretty heavily wooded until you reach the river, in which there isn't much to see.

I brought a water purifier and a 3l camelback. I'm glad I did because the lack of easily accessible fresh water sources was amazing. Throughout the entire 15 miles I came across 6 adequate water resupply creeks.

500ml of water every 2 miles in 100 degree heat was not enough and I was very dehydrated.

With that being said this is an excellent double digit trail that is easily marked. the 9.5 break where there is an entry point is sort of confusing. I'll be back. Next time with more water and probably in the winter!


9 days ago

hiking

I enjoy this state park, they are easy trails but enjoyable on a Sunday afternoon


11 days ago

It's a nice trail when you do not have a lot of time but still want to get out for a bit!

on Ironwood Park Walking Tra...
13 days ago

hiking
2 Completed2 Reviews

If you prefer not to get your shoes dirty on a trail, this is the place for you. I took my dogs and my five year old on this trail. It is all paved so you arent crawling through brush or overgrown poison ivy to get through.

I enjoyed this trail simply because my dogs and son were able to walk it easily.

on Osage Nature Trail
15 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

on Shawnee Mission Park
16 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

on Indian Creek Bike and Hik...
16 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

on Elk River Hiking Trail
17 days ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

Great trail took 5 Tornado Alley Young Marines ages 13 - 16 males & females. We all complete the trail west to east all 15 miles in a little under 10 hours.

on Teter Nature Trail
20 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

I'm not sure how many times I've done this trail as a child, but I loved it every time. For a short trail, it's real nice. The beginning/end is a little hot due to the lack of shade.

on Tallgrass Prairie Nationa...
21 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

on Elk River Hiking Trail
21 days ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Even though it was a very warm day, we really enjoyed this trail due to the river view, remoteness, and beautiful trees! If you want solitude this is a great place to go, and the trails are very well marked!

on George Lathan Hiking Trai...
22 days ago

4 Completed4 Reviews

on Cedar Crest Trail; MacLen...
22 days ago

4 Completed4 Reviews

on Konza Prairie Kings Creek...
22 days ago

1 Completed2 Reviews

Deer, two turkeys, lizards, dikcissells, meadow larks, quail and many, many wildflowers. Temperatures started at 70 degrees at roughly 11:30 am on July 4th and reached mid 80's by finish. Great experience of Flint Hills.