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Cedar Crest Yellow and Red Trail

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MacLennan Park

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.

Length 4.8 mi Elevation gain 442 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Road biking

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

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Reviews (139)
Photos (99)
Recordings (164)
Completed (186)
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.

Bradley magid
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Hiking

good trqil, markers sick

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Benedict Dabrowski
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Mountain biking

Governor's Mansion Top Red

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Trevor Wilson
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HikingBugs

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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Hiking

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.

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.

Mojo G.
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Hiking

Would someone associated with All Trails please update your descriptions and drawings of the trails at Kaw Valley State Park to make them reflect the reality of the trails? I am making the same request of the Kansas Wildlife and Parks office. Their maps were pitiful and unclear to put it nicely. I walked the trails with a friend today and we had no idea what trail we were on, how far we had come and how to return to our vehicle. Most folks we asked who we met on the trail we were in the boat. My three star rating is about the mapping by both KWP and All Trails. The trails were a 4 star experience, although I do worry some that in a month poison ivy could be overtaking the path through the woods at some points meaning hikers would likely be brushing up against poison ivy to maneuver the path.

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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Hiking

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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B. A.
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Hiking

Fantastic trail that I always run when visiting family in Topeka. Today, I ran 20 mi, 4x5 mi loops, the trail was in as good as expected shape for end of December trails for KS. Some mud, some washout, one spot a tree had fallen across the trail. Temps mid 30s with on/off light snow flurries. But overall, this trail can’t be beat if you’re looking for something off the beaten path nearby.

Jessica B.
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Hiking

4 different great trails to choose from. Maps all along the trails. Trails are easy to moderate level. Beautiful scenic area. Safe and many hikers and mountain bikers out. Easy to get to. Good parking lots.

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

Chloe S.
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Hiking

Great easy walk in the shade and to get away from civilisation. Nice historic landsite menninger’s. Saw a deer and squirrels.

Wendy Davis
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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.

Dan Henderson
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Hiking

Several short, hard hills if you hike it that way. Takes a while to learn as the trails are not particularly well marked.

Bobby DiMarcellis
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Hiking

Good trails!

Desirae Plummer
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Walked this today and really enjoyed my hike. Definitely more bikers but it's easy to hear them coming and move out of the way. The trails are marked however there are a few splits that are not marked which made it a little confusing. You can easily run these trails which I plan on for my next visit. I walked the red trail and jumped to the yellow trail. It's very shady and took me about an hour.

Cheryl Jones
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Hiking

I was impressed to find these trails in Topeka, particularly the wooded portion which treks down by the river for a bit. Be aware you are immediately beside an active train track on the deeper trail and that comes with loud horns. There is enough elevation change here to keep things interesting without being too challenging. My only real complaint is the way the trails are labeled, which is more of a color-coding by type than actual demarcation of different trails. So be sure to snap a picture of the map. Definitely worth exploring.

Alok Gupta
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love these trails we hike these all the time with our 8 yrs old. so close to city but when you're up there it doesn't feel like, as they are quite and well shaded. some sections might get a little muddy after rain and some intersactions could be confusing.. i took a picture of the map in my phone that can come in handy..

Chalise Tiffany
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This trail gives you the feel of being out in the woods yet you are still in the city. It's moderately difficult. There are many hills to hike up.

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