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Pavement.

Nice walking path. Well kept and great trail for kids and biking. Nothing extreme

wandern
schlammig
6 days ago

A friend and I recently hiked about half of this trail in three days. We did 60 miles in those three days, 22 miles the first day, 20 the second and 18 the third. We started at the Rantoul trailhead and ended in Admire. Overall the trail has great scenery and easy terrain. From Rantoul to the beginning outskirts of Osage City, the trail is nicely covered in limestone. Once inside Osage City the trail becomes grassy and eventually turns to basically mulch as they are still in the process of completing the limestone covering and bridge reinstallations. This did not slow our hike down. There is a sign that says trail closed coming out of Osage City, but it is still fine to use as long as there is no construction being done. We did encounter some closures about a mile west of Ottawa. There was a convenient detour that took us about half a mile north then two miles west then another half a mile south to get us back on the trail. In regards to water we each approximately carried a liter and a half and we were able to fill us at a Casey’s General Store as we were passing by or through each town. The only problem we encountered with water is when we came through Vassar. We could not find a convenience store there to refill, but about 7 miles west of Vassar there is a RV park about 60 yards off the trail where we found an outside water spicket. We got lucky with this find because we needed water for dinner and our only other option was to walk 1.6 miles to the nearest gas station. I would advise to use this spicket as it will save time and the water is clean, just be sure to let the spicket run for a bit. All in all, great hike, tough, but still great. Two things I would like to see improve are first many sources state the trail begins in Osawatomie, which it does, but there is no close parking to the trailhead. This is why we started in Rantoul. Secondly, I would like to see the undeveloped parts become more accessible because as a part of the American Discovery Trail, it deserves to have that same reputation as a greatly respected trail.

Finally had a chance to do some real trail running. I apparently was going the less traveled way as the only people I met we're coming in the other direction. The trail is fairly well marked with pink flags, but that didn't keep me from getting lost a couple times. The app helped me get back on track. Had to cut it short at the end as I couldn't find the last part, but logged 9 miles in all in just under 2 hours. I'll be back for the Psycho Wyco, just not sure if I will try 2 or 3 laps .

wandern
abseits des Weges
schlammig
sturmholz
21 days ago

wandern
ausgewaschen
schlammig
scrambling
steinig
23 days ago

I would not recommend this trail unless you have a horse or a mountain bike. The signs that say “Please don’t ride your horse if trail is wet or muddy” don’t really seem to apply. Spent most of the time trying not to roll an ankle. Not a lot of opportunities to enjoy the views around you because you need to spend most of the time looking down.

wandern
schlammig
steinig
1 month ago

A pleasant surprise. Trail is in good condition. Not many views of the lake, but there is a stretch that’s lovely close to the dam. Length is closer to 10.5 to 11 miles. Ran in to 4 people on the trail.

Great trail to run. Saw about 30-40 Bald Eagles along the trail. Lots down near the dam at the end of the trail.

Mountainbiking
steinig
2 months ago

Great trail for mtn bikes. Rugged. Marked well. Family friendly. Beside a beautiful lake.

We started off parking across the street from the Hillsdale Visitor Center and walking along the road to the right side of the road. This recording is not all of the Red Loop, just the southern portion. The trail itself is nice and wide most of the way but it is a horse trail so there is quite of bit of ruts from horses. It had rained a few days before so it was pretty rough in spots, especially around the 2-3 mile part of the trail. There are some nice views and most of the trail is fairly flat so I would consider this pretty easy.

wandern
schlammig
steinig
2 months ago

wandern
2 months ago

I had stayed away from the trails in Hillsdale since I had always read they were not very good but today I decided that since it was close to the house I would give it a go and I'm glad I did. The trail follows along the lake for a while which with most of the leaves on the trees gives you some pretty good views. The trail is also used by horses which makes it well defined and some of the headaches that come with horses using a trail, most notably poop and spots where the horse's shoe sunk into the mud. For the most part it was very manageable. Other than that the trial is fairly easy to follow as it's well marked and a blue tag was never too far away. The yellow markers make it a tad bit confusing but nothing too bad. Other than the lake there are some other notable sites. The two wrecked cars was a highlight to me since there is a tree growing out of the Volkswagon Bug. The interesting part is seeing how the tree gripped the tree. I'm sure there's also some story on how the cars got there too which might be interesting. There are bullet holes in them as well but I'm not sure if that happening on their way to crashing or after the fact. Beyond the cars, you do cross a creek a couple of times which also has some nice rock shelves to them. Overall quite a bit to see, more so than I expected in Kansas. I will also say the record I was following is not entirely accurate as the Blue loop continues on for another 4 miles. This recording is basically the NE loop for the Blue and there is another Loop to the West. My recording has the extra steps since my phone decided to loose all it's power at once so I started to rely on the blue markers and didn't realize we had veered off the recording which added another 1 or so to my recording.

We started the trail at 53rd and Adams. There was a parking lot off of 53rd street that made it easy to access. We walked south about 2 miles and it was a very easy trail.

More water crossings than expected but it was dry. Beautiful trail. Saw a buck. 2 horses. Plenty of wildlife.

wandern
schlammig
steinig
2 months ago

wandern
2 months ago

Great trail. Only walked a mile in as we were stretching our legs from traveling. Well maintained trail. Took a side trail to the river banks.

Great trail. Lots of changes in terrain, well maintained. App says 9.7 miles, my Fitbit says 11.5. Definitely need the app to stay on trail since there are quite a few alternative trails along the way.

Mountainbiking
schlammig
3 months ago

It's a horse trail and all the rain this year has rutted it up and several muddy spots made for slow going but a scenic trail nonetheless.

Great day for a hike.

wandern
geschlossen
3 months ago

Love this trail but I called the park office this morning and they said it will be closed through the winter. Such a bummer but I can understand there is probably a lot of wash out from the flooding.

wandern
3 months ago

We just tried to hike horse thief canyon this morning. The park service has the entire thing shut down - completely. Last year there was high water and we parked just outside the high water and hiked in. However this year they had the road blocked off a mile away from the trail head and several of the auxiliary trails leading to it were blocked off too. This is one of our favorite trails and we’ve hiked it every year for the last 8 years (we stay in the cabins at Kanopolis state park) with our kids and dogs. Super bummed. Would welcome any news about what shut it down and when it might RE-open. Just wanted to send an update so others weren’t surprised like we were. :-(

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