Cedar Crest Yellow and Red Trail

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Cedar Crest Yellow and Red Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Topeka, Kansas 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.

Length4.8 miElevation gain442 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingMountain bikingNature tripsRoad bikingWalkingBird watchingRunningForestLakeRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeRocky
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Mike Habbart
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Mike Habbart
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Chris Stine
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Stefanie Hummel
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Zoe Johnson
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Splendid walk in the woods on a splendid fall day, what more could you ask for?

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Jamie McDonald
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Tyler Clark
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Great

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Tyler Clark
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Fantastical

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Joe Halmstad
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it was muddy as shit. fun but muddy. watch for spiders!

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Brooke Waters
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My favorite place to walk my dogs in topeka. Lots of room to spread out and some isolation in the woods.

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Bradley magid
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good trqil, markers sick

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Benedict Dabrowski
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Governor's Mansion Top Red

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Trevor Wilson
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This is a very well beaten trail with a nice mix of flat ground and rougher bits with some elevation gain. You can walk all day between all the different trails. Mostly quiet and peaceful area except for the northern part of the red trail, it runs along some railroad tracks that you may hear depending on your timing.

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jenifer telshaw
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I love to hike this trail. You have a road and river that border the trails so it is easy to navigate. I just explore and when ready to head to the car. I can head to the river or towards the road to get back. there are also maps of the trail posted on the trail. there diverse types of trails: prairie grass, gravel smothe trails, and rocky pathes for the more adventurous hiker.

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Benedict Dabrowski
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Mountain biking

started off great on the red trail, but eventually lost it and just made our way back on the road /sidewalk. great place to train, because there were definitely spots I couldn't get over on the bike, but I can work up to.

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Matthew Walsh
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MuddyRocky

This was a really nice way to spend the day. Loved the terrain and the views.

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Hunter Price
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Running

First time on this trail. Ran counterclockwise. First half was easy going. Moderate terrain once you enter the trees. Second half is a beast. Keep your trail app on. Ended up going the wrong way a few times. AllTrails notified me and saved me many miles. Loved the trail. Tough for a run. I recorded this one for ya.

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Alaina B.
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Hiking

Did a variation that included the red, yellow, and blue trails with a walk around the old clocktower as well. Overall a relaxing walk and my dogs enjoyed it too. There were a couple tricky rocky areas that inclined but we did just fine pacing ourselves and taking some breaks.

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Kelly Hodges
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I liked this trail. Easy navigated with lots of twists and turns. There was some mud in places but other than that it was a good hike. Good length and close by. Will do one again.

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Shelby Amatangelo
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Hiking

Great trail for an easy hike. However, trails are not clearly marked and it is easy to get lost.

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Bruce Carroll
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Mountain biking

Decent, very decent, for Northeast Kansas. About as much elevation gain as you'll get around here. Trails seem to be well maintained. Some very fun routes on the west side. Uphill is a bugger.

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Alina Stoica
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Hiking

Great trail for hiking, probably one of the best near Topeka with some degrees of elevation. It's sometimes muddy after rain, especially in the lower areas next to the river. Perfect for running or mtb biking, also. Pretty far from the highway's noise and gas fumes.

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Julie Deery
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Muddy

Stopped for a run while just passing through. Variety of connecting trails and many mostly in shaded woods. No bathrooms to be found. Well maintained. Very lovely place to stop or run/hike

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Delanie Cooper
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Hiking

I adored these trails. Multiple connectors. Some paved. Some gravel. Some dirt. Check my recording for more maps. Will do again!

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Dan Henderson
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Hiking

Started pretty cool, but warmed up pretty quick. Lots of ice & snow. Will be mud as temps warm.

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Andrew Littrell
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Mountain biking

Some great technical areas for all difficulty levels. Awesome place close to town to get out and enjoy some nature!

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Jane Hardy
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Walking

Nice wooded trails that are hard packed and clear with slight variations in elevation. Walked by train tracks never saw a lake and followed red trail on app. Did not come out where we started. Somewhat lost at end vs where we parked. Poorly marked trails which led us to the street north of Sixth street.

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Wendy Jacobs
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Hiking

There is a portion of this trail that is 1.8 miles. Park by the Governor's Mansion, and always select the right trail when at a fork (starting with a traipse thru the meadow) until you've walked parallel to the train tracks as far as the trail leads. When the tracks are behind you, and you come to a left fork that leads uphill, choose it (you'll have nearly completed your hike). Up the hill (near your first wooded right fork) select the right fork on the yellow path. Final selection is the first left fork which will take you back to the parking lot.

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Dan Henderson
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Medium day at Jeff's place. Light rain, blue 50 degrees. Nice, short hike.

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