Hillsdale Lake Loop Trail

moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray Star(33)
Hillsdale State Park

Hillsdale Lake Loop Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Paola, Kansas that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: 282 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

walking

running

forest

lake

muddy

over grown

rocky

Please note: this lake is prone to flooding, which may wash out the trail or leave it muddy.

hiking
bugs
muddy
2 days ago

Horse poop all over, very muddy and tick infested trail. The loop signs can be confusing.

hiking
closed
muddy
11 months ago

The lake is super flooded so most of the roads are currently closed. That being said we tried the trail with our dogs, had to turn back because it was SO muddy (we lost a shoe to the mud) probably fine if you have horses but do not recommend for dogs and foot traffic until the lake recedes and it’s less swampy.

Tue May 07 2019

It was very muddy and mostly made for horses. i did enjoy it though. there was one part where a tree fell across the trail and it was difficult to get around with my kid. We ended up turning back and spending the rest of our time near the lake.

Sun Jan 06 2019

Marked well, trails were wet and muddy. I would have liked a better map of the several small trail options. The trail loop itself is very close to a shooting range/people that really love shooting unnecessarily for rounds at a time. At one point we felt too close to the gunfire.

hiking
Sat Nov 24 2018

Good trail. It was covered in leaves, rocky in places.

Mon Jul 30 2018

Great trail to Ride horses, love Rideing on these trails!

hiking
Mon May 07 2018

We did this trail on a Sunday afternoon. It was our intention to do the whole 3.6 miles but time constraints only allowed us to do the Blue trail. It was a very nice trail. There were a few muddy spots due to the horses but they were easy to walk around. Just a couple of things. Since I had not been here before I did not appreciate how much horse traffic there is. It is substantial. The other thing there is a $5.00 user fee for just driving on the roads. That is no big deal except for the fact I never carry cash. One of the guys with us bought the pass. Next time I will bring the cash. If you live in the area this trail is worth a visit.

hiking
Sun Mar 04 2018

We parked, paid 5 bucks, took the red trail, the longest trail, it was not good for hiking at all, quite boring through the pasture . Boring will not come back

hiking
Thu Apr 20 2017

Around 24 of us had a nice morning hiking 4 miles on this trail. The trail is relatively flat with mild elevation gain/loss. This trail is an out/back so you will cover the same ground twice. The trail we hiked is on the west side of the dam (off of Osawatomie Road) where the marina and campgrounds are located. This is not the trails referenced in the initial map.

Mon Feb 20 2017

These are mainly horse trails. We had and ok time hiking it but had to constantly on the lookout for horse poop.

Tue Nov 22 2016

amazing sunset view

hiking
Tue Jul 02 2013

Rocky and a bit overgrown, but a fun way to spend an hour. Having trouble getting my track to sync up!!

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

recorded Recording - Apr 25, 06:30 PM

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
Sun Mar 24 2019

hiking
Sat Oct 27 2018

hiking
Mon Oct 22 2018

hiking
Sun Jul 29 2018

hiking
Sat Apr 28 2018

hiking
Sat Apr 07 2018

hiking
Fri Mar 30 2018

Showing results 1 - 28 of 33