Elk River Hiking Trail

MODERATE 62 reviews
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Elk River Hiking Trail is a 14.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Elk City, 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.

14.1 miles 1312 feet Point to Point

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

scramble

The Elk River Hiking Trail is located on the northwest side of Elk City Lake. The trail can be accessed from two main trailheads. Primitive campsites are located all along the length of the trail. The Elk River Hiking Trail offers panoramic views from the tops of the many limestone bluffs on the northwestern shores of Elk City Lake. The trail crosses several small streams and ravines and winds through narrow canyons and under rock overhangs. The trail has blue trail blazes and mile markers for traveling both directions.

backpacking
6 hours ago

backpacking
23 hours ago

Beautiful trail, not too difficult!

hiking
1 day ago

Hiked the entire 15miles in 8 hours. Very scenic! Around 9.5miles or 4.5miles from the other way is a parking place incase you don't want to do the whole thing. My dog did great and was cake for her but there were a couple spots that i had to lift her down or up (all 55lbs of her) lol

hiking
4 days ago

9 days ago

hiked/back packed/camped this trail a week ago and it was a tougher trail with a 35lb pack but super cool and great exploring.

hiking
15 days ago

Does anyone know if they allow kayaks? It looks like there nay be some fun coves to paddle in!

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hiking
28 days ago

backpacking
1 month ago

This is hands down my favorite trail in Kansas. Lots of great inclines, flats. Water sources for filtration are readily accessible. Trail is very secluded.
Many different sections to hike if you arent up to the full 15.+ mile trail.
Would rate more stars if I could.

hiking
1 month ago

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hiking
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hiking
1 month ago

Due to time constraints, we were only able to do a 5 mile round trip hike.
It was a warm day in February, so it was a perfect time to go.
brush was still dormant, and no bugs.
There was a little water at the crossings. It was quiet. We are the only ones there.
Our pup really enjoyed it. I would Donnelly come back to hike and wild like to check out the primitive camping.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is actually 15 miles long on way. Took us 6.5 hours. Trail is well marked in blue paint. No bugs or ivy since its February but of course there will be during the summer months, its nature! We love this trail.

backpacking
2 months ago

Beautiful, rugged and superbly maintained and well marked trail. Abundant water. Countless primitive camp locations. Old growth hardwoods and pine, cedars. Clear water streams. Wildlife viewers paradise. Hiked from west trailhead to east camped around 8mile marker. Returning later to do east trailhead to west. Drove 3hrs to get here...but would have been happy to drive 6hrs, cause its that awesome.

backpacking
3 months ago

This is a scenic trail with a lot of woods and cool rock formations. This trail is very well marked and has plenty of water filtering possibilities. I've never felt the need to carry more than two quarts on this trail. In a pinch you would never have to go off trail more than half a mile and far less most of the time to reach the lake or river. This trail does have a lot of up and down and in places is rocky. I suggest wearing good boots. I've seen thin soles and lack of ankle support steal a little joy from this trip in the past. Over all this is an excellent trail that would be very difficult to become lost on and has endless places to hang a hammock. Great trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Great day of hiking, my girlfriend and I just through hiked this trail 11-05-16. We park a vehicle at both ends and started at the end ( mile 15 ) and made our way to the beginning near the dame. We packed light and managed to make it all the way through in right at 7 hour. The entire trail is very well-marked and great for a long one day or 2 day hike.
Miles 1-3 are definitely the hardest. There's a fare amount of steep hill with loose rock ( easy to twist aankle when the rocks are covered with leaves). Miles 4-15 stay pretty close to the river and are flat and easy hiking for the most part.

4 months ago

sweeeeeeeeet