MDM K. on Eddy-Ballentyne Trail
Sure, people suck and dump their trash along this road but I'm not hiking the road! The trail is one of Kansas City's best kept secrets and I never crossed one person on the trail. You really feel submerged in wilderness and at times it's hard to stay on the trail but I kinda like that. I had a great time exploring and seeing the areas largest rocky glades, savannahs & views! Definitely on my top 5 in KCMO!
As the other reviews said, the trail is not as well maintained as others in the area but it made for a fun adventure. The trail head is hard to find and littered with human things - garden hose, tires, trash - so the first impression isn't great. This is the second time I have hiked this trail, it appeared to be marked better this time than last. There is a fallen tree across the trail that nearly had me crawling to get under it. But the scenic terrain and the wild turkey we came across made it all worth the while.
The area is nice but there are many places the trail is overgrown, I also had trouble finding the trail many times because it's not clearly marked a lot of places. I ended up making this into a 6 mile loop by exploring what looked like ATV trails in the area. I enjoyed all the rock outcroppings, this would be a good place to explore in the winter.
When we tried to find this trail we understood it would be difficult. We tried the location given by this app and it led us into an apartment complex to a dead end, see picture. We tried an address someone put for a group meetup and it took us to a golf course but we never saw the trail head. Does anyone have actual coordinates of the trail head, please?
Pretty good trail for being in the city, steady paced climb and very dense.
Only problems we had with the trail were finding the place due to the fact it's nearly unmarked with no parking, and quite a bit of overgrowth and A LOT of ticks.
But once you find the trail it is quite the rewarding experience.
Hiked this trail last year while seeking something close to the city that wasn't paved or too heavily trafficked. This one is along Blue River Rd, not too far south from Swope Park, within city limits. Very surprising and unique. It's a short day hike; you can cover it in 1-2 hours easily. The area is well wooded, with surprisingly hilly, rocky terrain, and a creek that runs if there's been a recent rain. Could be better maintained, but the ruggedness is part of the appeal. Lots of spurs, enough that we got off-trail. Most of it is well-marked and not hard to follow. Looking forward to another visit!