Beautiful trail, but really poorly maintained! First, there are no obvious signs to tell where the trail begins. Second, the trail itself was stunningly overgrown. As in, the trail was fairly obvious (once we found it), but definitely in need of a good mowing / clearing out, especially as this was billed as a family-friendly trail. Third, TICKS!!! We pulled a combined total of 35 off of us three hikers this morning, and turned around about 1/3 way through, which was an utter disappointment.

This is quite unfortunate, as the location itself is beautiful. With a little maintenance (are you reading this Kansas State Parks?), the Blue Loop could be an awesome hike, perfect for local families and visitors alike. As it is, this trail does little to encourage children to become avid hikers and friends of the great outdoors.

Two stars because the trail goes through a lovely mixed wooded area, has excellent views of the Big Blue River / northern part of Tuttle Creek Lake, and has potential.

hiking
1 month ago

While the trail is a little hard to follow at times (look for the blue markers!) it’s a fun hike and has some great views of the river.

trail running
7 months ago

Great technical trail.

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
Saturday, June 27, 2015