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trail locations for Kansas

on Antioch Park Trail

walking
1 day ago

Nice park for kids. Trail wise...mediocre.

Great trail and not very crowded on a perfect Friday night in September.

There are several campsites at the trailhead that I saw a few families setting up at before I jumped onto the trail. The front and back ends of the trail are well-maintained and heavily traveled. The center of the trail was clearly less traveled and overgrown, definitely wear pants.

This is a mostly wooded trail with a couple stints along a prairie and a few openings to the lake. Overall it was an easy trail to hike. There were several areas with loose rock and slopes that could trip you up if you weren’t paying attention. A couple benches are placed along the trail with views of the lake.

There were about 15 campsites with fire rings that were all well-maintained along the trail itself. A majority of those campsites were placed within the first mile or so. There's a long stretch without any campsites in the middle of the trail and there were only a couple sites on the tail end of the trail.

All the camps are clearly marked. My favorite was campsite #5, a large flat site about a half mile from the trailhead with two fire rings, log benches, direct access to the lakeshore - with a perfect view of the sunrise - and trees perfectly spaced for my hammock.

I only saw two groups while on the trail and camping overnight. The first, a couple with their pup who set up a couple sites down, and the other, a group of boy scouts on their way in.

Overall great trail with a selection of well-maintained campsites and views of Clinton Lake. Would recommend.

on Lake Lenexa

walking
1 day ago

Simple ❤️

Great trail not to far away that kicks your butt.

backpacking
6 days ago

Good time went over father's day weekend. Had plenty of places to get water.

My first visit to the trail! Really enjoyed the adventure. The squirrels were scurrying in prep for winter, leaves were falling, birds chirping and sightings of many different types of mushrooms. It was a very hot day but the canopy of the trees kept me shaded. Very well maintained! I enjoyed the different levels. Can't wait to bring my "hellga" bike the next time. 3.3 miles on my first trip.

paved and well maintained. perfect for our fam with toddler and pup. we can toss the toddler into a wagon and pull her when she gets tired. it's relatively flat and runs across a few playgrounds with water fountains. had some trash here and there from running through the city.

on Shawnee Mission Park

trail running
7 days ago

I love these trails. Every color trail offers something different. Personally, i love the yellow trail that isnt even on the map. This park is an all time favorite for both my kids and i.

mountain biking
8 days ago

The trail map shown on this page, while traversable for experienced runers, bikers and hikers, is really meant to be a horse trail. From a maintenance standpoint, trees that fall across that trail are cut out, but that's about it. Mid-summer brings overgrowth (I saw the someone mentioned stinging nettle below). The trail is straight up and down the peaks and valleys surrounding the lake and is full of deep hoof prints. A lap around the lake on that trail will get you right at 10 mi. Alternately, there's nearly 15 mIles of hand cut singletrack trail that winds its way between the lake shoreline and the road that circles the entire lake. These trails are concentrated on either side of the lake dam, with a larger portion of trail being located on the east side of the dam. Parking and acess to the east trail system is just uphill from shelter 9. The west side trails are accessible from shelter 14. These trails are well maintained, designed to be sustainable and were built with hikers, runners and mountain bikers in mind. Horses are not allowed on these trails, with the interests of safety and sustainability in mind. The trails are maintained by Urban Trail Co. A non-profit that is responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of most, if not all of the 130+ miles of singletrack trail in the immediate Kansas City area. UTC's website has detailed maps of not only WYCO, but all of the great trails in the area. If you're interested in volunteering for their cause you can sign up on the site as well! Just copy/paste the link below:
http://urbantrailco.com

mountain biking
8 days ago

The trail map shown on this page, while traversable for experienced runers, bikers and hikers, is really meant to be a horse trail. From a maintenance standpoint, trees that fall across that trail are cut out, but that's about it. Mid-summer brings overgrowth (I saw the someone mentioned stinging nettle below). The trail is straight up and down the peaks and valleys surrounding the lake and is full of deep hoof prints. A lap around the lake on that trail will get you right at 10 mi. Alternately, there's nearly 15 mIles of hand cut singletrack trail that winds its way between the lake shoreline and the road that circles the entire lake. These trails are concentrated on either side of the lake dam, with a larger portion of trail being located on the east side of the dam. Parking and acess to the east trail system is just uphill from shelter 9. The west side trails are accessible from shelter 14. These trails are well maintained, designed to be sustainable and were built with hikers, runners and mountain bikers in mind. Horses are not allowed on these trails, with the interests of safety and sustainability in mind. The trails are maintained by Urban Trail Co. A non-profit that is responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of most, if not all of the 130+ miles of singletrack trail in the immediate Kansas City area. UTC's website has detailed maps of not only WYCO, but all of the great trails in the area. If you're interested in volunteering for their cause you can sign up on the site as well! Just copy/paste the link below:
http://urbantrailco.com

12 days ago

Urban trail that's well maintained and all paved. Not very scenic. Saw only a couple people on this train from Merriam to SMPW on a Tuesday at noon.

Don't forget the bug spray and watch out for the massive spider webs every 5 steps spanning the trail. Other than that it was a great trail, dont go right before dark, leave yourself a few hours to get through it all.

trail running
18 days ago

Beautiful and well kept by the river.

The trail itself was nice. But we came home with more tics and fleas than we ever have before. We had fun hiking but paid for it dearly with horrible itching for days afterwards. I know to expect bugs on hiking trails but some are worse than others. This is definitely one of the worst ones. I won't do it again.

I really enjoyed this trail system. It has a great mixture of paved and unpaved (rocky) paths. It has lots of choices of paths to take. The wooded areas are nice when the sun is hot. Be prepared for wet shoes at creek crossings. It wasn't deep, but not a clear dry path across them. The paths are easy to follow. We spent 2.5 hours here and didn't see half of the trail. We loved it!

Nice hike with beautiful bluffs. Trail head near camping area makes it a great trail for a warm up hike.