Wyandotte County Lake Loop Trail

MODERATE 121 reviews
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Wyandotte County Lake Loop Trail is a 8.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kansas City, Kansas that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

8.8 miles
1236 feet

dog friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running



6 days ago

Agree with previous comments regarding how horse traffic has ruined the trails for runners and hikers. Very narrow paths and lots of uphill/downhill trench straddling due to muddy conditions. Only saw 3 others besides our group yesterday and no horses. If you tire, there isn’t any place to rest. I’ll be back, though when the weather is cooler.

6 days ago

Trail Condition:
A few muddy spots, and fallen trees

Equestrians destroying the paths, not well marked trails during road crossings, damn connection trail is marked with No Trespassing sign.

Overall it was a fun trail. Not as hard as most people make it sound but for Kansas its a good trail. My favorite section was the uphill grade on the west side of the dam.

13 days ago

Did the whole 8+ mile hike. The trail is trashed by the horse traffic. I mean dung and destroyed sections of the trail. That's a pretty big deal considering that the width of the trail is tiny. On first time hiking I saw close to a dozen horse riders that made me to believe that this is not for human/dog traffic. Plus, no scenery what so ever and I'm never coming back.

20 days ago

Could be a fabulous trail for a good day hike, but horse traffic when the trail is wet has done a lot of damage. If it has rained in the past few days the trail is almost impassable with mud due to damage from horse traffic. Trail could also use some signage at several locations to keep hikers on course.

1 month ago

We walked the roads around the lake (the trails were pretty muddy). The hills were a good challenge and the scenery was peaceful!

3 months ago

Fairly challenging with LOTS of hills. Good workout on a pretty, wooded trail.

3 months ago

We just came back from a two mile walk around this very nice 9 mile loop! This is easily the biggest body of water in the area, and the trails are so easy. Everything is clearly marked, and we even saw a runner with his dog at the start of the Boy Scout trail :-)

This is a very trafficked area, so don't expect a lot of privacy. We went on a Sunday at noon hoping to beat crowds and only saw a few friendly people. The further you go away from the mass of trails (and just follow the lake loop) the less people you see--but this is February. I couldn't imagine a quiet space in June or July.

This is still a great place to enjoy the water and beautiful trees!

6 months ago

great trail with hills

10 months ago

Enjoyed the trail

mountain biking
10 months ago

First timer, not well marked but s great loop!

mountain biking
10 months ago

Love it! Just be careful for Oz if you are a newbie!

mountain biking
10 months ago

11 months ago

Let's do this one

mountain biking
Monday, May 29, 2017

Great place with beautiful views of the lake & more, definitely coming back!!!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Bridle Trail was muddy throughout and overgrown in spots, and after road crossings it was sometimes difficult to find the trail again. Still, it was a good, rugged trail for those looking to do a longer hike close to KC.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Best Trails in KC

mountain biking
Monday, April 24, 2017

Love these trails. Chupacabra was a little overgrown and needs some TLC but the other trails were great. I will be coming back to check out more!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

There were so many desperate trails it was heard tho know if you were on the right one. still a nice walk for a warm day. very Holley.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Lots of different trails and paths. I Love seeing the wildlife and flowing river beds.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

9 mile loop with lots of hills and water crossings. Went in early spring and it's a great place for a hike that time of year!


Sunday, March 19, 2017

I drove to shelter 14 which I easily found using Google Maps. I took the yellow trail to the white trail which brought me back to shelter 14 for a total of 3.3 miles. Sunday morning around 10. I came across a couple solo hikers, about 5 bikers, and a group of 6 hikers. Other then that, I had the place to myself. Narrow enough trails that you would not be able to hike side by side with anyone. Fun natural surfaces. Lots of ups and down, but nothing too big. I felt like I had to watch my step, but at the same time I could enjoy the scenery. nice lake view, but not able to get to it except from parking lot. Trail entrance is not marked (It's behind the permanent restrooms (restrooms are closed in winter)). You quickly get to trailhead which has a map outlining different trails and their distances. once you get in a trail, it's VERY well marked. I will go back to do the rest of the trails!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Great hike with a lot of varied terrain. One of my favorites in the area.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Sunday, November 13, 2016

This was the most challenging and by far the most beautiful trail my dog Shiloh and I have hiked in the area thus far. The trailhead's can be tricky to find around road crossings, so keep your head on a swivel. Few muddy spots on the bridal trail, but not a problem. Such an awesome time, gonna be sore for a couple of days....but we'll be doing this one many more times!!☺

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Fun trail that is scenic but a little confusing to follow. I suggest taking a picture with your phone of the trail map before starting out.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Great trail not to far away that kicks your butt.

mountain biking
Monday, September 19, 2016

The trail map shown on this page, while traversable for experienced runers, bikers and hikers, is really meant to be a horse trail. From a maintenance standpoint, trees that fall across that trail are cut out, but that's about it. Mid-summer brings overgrowth (I saw the someone mentioned stinging nettle below). The trail is straight up and down the peaks and valleys surrounding the lake and is full of deep hoof prints. A lap around the lake on that trail will get you right at 10 mi. Alternately, there's nearly 15 mIles of hand cut singletrack trail that winds its way between the lake shoreline and the road that circles the entire lake. These trails are concentrated on either side of the lake dam, with a larger portion of trail being located on the east side of the dam. Parking and acess to the east trail system is just uphill from shelter 9. The west side trails are accessible from shelter 14. These trails are well maintained, designed to be sustainable and were built with hikers, runners and mountain bikers in mind. Horses are not allowed on these trails, with the interests of safety and sustainability in mind. The trails are maintained by Urban Trail Co. A non-profit that is responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of most, if not all of the 130+ miles of singletrack trail in the immediate Kansas City area. UTC's website has detailed maps of not only WYCO, but all of the great trails in the area. If you're interested in volunteering for their cause you can sign up on the site as well! Just copy/paste the link below:

Saturday, July 23, 2016

I decided to hike this loop today and there happened to be a race on a large portion of these trails. The route was marked with flags so I didn't get lost, but had it not been marked I would have had trouble in a few spots. Overall there were a few muddy spots but nothing bad, lots of hills and rocks. Lots of others trails in the park to explore as well.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Just finished doing some hiking on the mountain bike trails on the NE side of the lake. We followed the advice of another review and skipped the Bridle Trail and drove to Shelter 9 before getting on a trail there. The trials are clearly marked with maps at most entrances (or do like we did and take a picture before you get into the woods). Trails are very well maintained and the entire park was one of the cleanest that I've seen in the Kansas City area. Will definitely be returning!

Saturday, April 09, 2016

The lakeside trail gives a good perspective of the coves on the east side of the lake. Definitely a beautiful morning hike because of the morning sun glistening on the lake.

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