Shawnee Mission Park Orange, Violet, and Red Trail

MODERATE 185 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, 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.

6.5 miles
498 feet

dog friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



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 lil too rocky for my liking. Although, the orange trail is a blast! You pick up some serious speeds at times.I ride it at-least once a week.

2 months ago

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

3 months ago

Easy, lots of mountain bikers but a nice reprieve

trail running
4 months ago

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.

6 months ago

Gets crowded with bikers and runners.
Fun little walk

6 months ago

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!

7 months ago

7 months ago

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

mountain biking
8 months ago

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

mountain biking
8 months ago

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.

trail running
10 months ago

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

Sunday, January 14, 2018

well marked. lots of pleasant miles available.

Monday, December 11, 2017

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

Sunday, November 19, 2017

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

Thursday, September 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.

Saturday, September 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
Thursday, August 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
Thursday, August 03, 2017

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

mountain biking
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Great trails, with good markings.

mountain biking
Sunday, July 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.

road biking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

excellent trails!!.... I'm from Dallas and absolutely love all the trails.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

This is a really nice park with good trails. Our only complaint is that it is always crowded. It's rare to have any length of trail to yourself...and it's pretty noisy. Good scenery though.

Monday, June 19, 2017

nice recreation area....plenty of trails......a lake , kayaking, boating. .....bring off...theres ticks

Monday, June 12, 2017


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Did the red loop today, with the violet loop in & out so it was 6.0 miles per the AllTrails app. Started early, should have brought extra water. Loved the trail, nice and cool with plenty of shade. Good incline in a few places and easy descents. Will do it again with packs to train.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Love smp. My favorite trails are the violet loop near the corner of the lake and the trail to the right of the dog beach.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Good trail pretty flat and rocky

mountain biking
Friday, June 09, 2017

Rocky in parts but super fun!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Nice trails. There are lots of maps but I didn't think the trails were marked that well. It's getting to be spring and it brings out the green.

Monday, March 20, 2017

One of the best kc trails! Can get a little crowded, but I love it.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

We did the whole loop and it's actually 8.5 miles nice trail though. Bring water

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