Shawnee Mission Park Orange, Violet, and Red Trail

moderate 210 reviews
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Shawnee Mission Park Orange, Violet, and Red Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Shawnee Mission, Kansas that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.5 miles Elevation Gain: 498 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips


bird watching



partially paved



There are three bike/hike trails here. Violet loop is an advanced trail that is pretty rocky. Orange loop which is an intermediate trail. The violet trail is a little rocky.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Great trail for mtn bikes. Rugged. Marked well. Family friendly. Beside a beautiful lake.

Great day for a hike.

4 months ago

Sendero agradable para compartir en familia. el naranja es fácil algo rocoso, hay que estar precavidos con los ciclistas. Vokveremos para terminar con los otros senderos. ojala hubiese lugar para descansar y tomar una merienda.

4 months ago

Easy trail but great for getting outside. Very woodsy.

Nice trail but it does not go all the way to the end due to construction. Until September 9 :(

Absolutely awesome trail! Aside from all the spiders and now becoming a master in Martial arts from all of them haha. This was a awesome hike! I loved the ruggedness of the trail, this will be my go to to get in shape for Hunting season.

Great trail in close proximity to OPKS. A little rocky overall, especially on the violet and red trails. But a good technical ride.

6 months ago

very shady, good for if you want to believe you're not in KC for an hour or two. Lots of bikers, but most will give a shout far enough away for you to step off the trail. could be marked better

9 months ago

I’d like it to be open more often. Also, there could be more markers along the trail to help less experienced hikers. But overall, a solid trail with a lot of potential.

10 months ago

The trail has been closed every day I’ve been out here

11 months ago

Not bad if you’re a beginner level hiker or just want to get out among the trees.

Fri Nov 02 2018

It great you don't feel like you are in the middle of kc.

Tue Oct 02 2018

Easy, lots of mountain bikers but a nice reprieve

Thu Sep 13 2018

Just another badly marked and cryptic trail that will easily get you lost. Even the trail head maps were off the mark. Got lost after waiting for the local "Trail Nerds" group run that never showed (not even sure they exist anymore) and found myself super lost in the dark. Not to mention LOTS of rocks, somewhat dangerous for runners and the occasional weed smokers on the trail make it for a annoying and disappointing experience.

Fri Jul 13 2018

Gets crowded with bikers and runners. Fun little walk

Sat Jul 07 2018

A friend and I hiked part of the orange trail and all of the red trail on a recent Saturday. Our whole hike was about 7 miles. Even though we hiked during the middle of the day, the trail was partly shaded and comfortable in temperature. This was my first visit to Shawnee Mission Park, and it is beautiful! The visitor's center staff is very friendly and provides free detailed maps. Like some other reviews mention, there are some large rocks and tree roots on the trail. Since we were hiking, this was not a problem, but it may be a challenge for a beginning biker. I can't wait to go back and try the other trails!

bird watching
Mon Jun 18 2018

Thu Jun 14 2018

My go-to trails in the area. rocky, rooty, and varied.

mountain biking
Thu May 17 2018

Good for hiking, not the best for mountain biking due to the quantity of loose rocks

mountain biking
Wed May 09 2018

the trail has gotten. little more challenging since I rode it a couple years ago. but, it was a great ride and I had lots of fun.

Fri Mar 23 2018

Loved all of the paved and forest trails! There is also a really awesome dog park here too!

Sun Jan 14 2018

well marked. lots of pleasant miles available.

Mon Dec 11 2017

Very busy with lots of off leash pooches to greet you.

Sun Nov 19 2017

beautiful in the fall. well marked and easy to navigate.

Thu Sep 14 2017

We actually did the Orange, Gold, Red and Violet trails on this one hike. Very rocky throughout. Wear hiking boots for sure. And bring water!! Be careful of bikers in the narrow parts of the trail.

Sat Sep 02 2017

These trails are for mountain biking. If you look at the map at the trail head, it identifies them as biking trails. We hiked them because of the reviews here and found out quickly that they are too narrow for a biker to pass a hiker without said hiker having to step completely off the trail and into thick underbrush. The park is lovely, though, and there are much better places for people not on bicycles to have fun (including actual hiking and walking trails south of the lake.)

mountain biking
Thu Aug 24 2017

Challenging mtn bike trail for this middle aged newbie...and the paved walking path is close lots of options in this entire park.

road biking
Thu Aug 03 2017

Beautiful little spot outside Kansas City. Lake, trails, kayak rentals.

mountain biking
Wed Aug 02 2017

Great trails, with good markings.

mountain biking
Sun Jul 09 2017

Violet and red trails are very techy with lots of jagged rocks. If you are someone who enjoys smooth flowey trails you won't enjoy red or violet trails. However, if you want to get your ass kicked and enjoy rocks and a challenge this will be right up your alley.

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