Hidden Valley Natural Area Loop

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Hidden Valley Park

Hidden Valley Natural Area Loop is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kansas City, Missouri that features a river and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Length3.2 miElevation gain242 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingrunningForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeBugs
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Getting There

Hike through a natural planting program that Kansas City Parks and Recreation has carried out in the first part of the hike, then through woods to a lookout on a high wooded ravine. From there, you can hike further back to a cliff overlooking the Missouri River and 210 Highway.

The park has a parking lot but no other facilities.

Kansas City Parks and Recreation: 816-513-7500 Email: parks@kcmo.org

From I-35 North, turn onto Armour and go East. Take Searcy Creek Parkway North to Russell Road (About 1 Mile). Turn right on Russell for .5 miles and park in the lot on the North side of the road. The trailhead is on the south side opposite the parking lot.

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Mary Gensler
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HikingMuddySnow

We headed out the day after it snowed about 3 inches. We wore hiking shoes, and spike shoe covers. The trail is narrow and muddy in places. We only saw another couple and a runner. I can see that mountain bikers would like this trail. We took the easier route (yellow to blue) because we didn’t know what to expect. Good route for the first time. We will include the larger loop on another trip. Easy, with some hilly spots.

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Elize Knoettgen
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HikingMuddy

Pretty good trail just a short drive out of kc.

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Darby Smith
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Well maintained hard pack dirt trail in a pleasant wooded setting.

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ff fg
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Amy Ellington
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Nice dirt trail. Up/down and around bluffs. Lots of neat downed huge trees. Did Yellow, Blue and Red trails.

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dj hankins
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Robert Kumpost
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Nice natural trail with a couple of loop spurs which you can take. Saw quite a few white tail deer along the trail because we were on it later in the evening. You do hear some highway noise once you get to the southern end of the trail.

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Melissa LaGue
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Great trail, perfect! Small hills, not bad. Beautiful scenery, great length!

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Dan Petersen
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Dan Petersen
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Angela M
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful and secluded, not a ton of other people and not too much road noise. Really hits the spot if you want to feel like you’re in nature but not drive too far.

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Dan Petersen
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Courtney Dorris
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Very nice walk. Other people on trail, but not busy. It is a mountain biking trail so some people on bikes too. Overall fun hike.

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Greg Curlett
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I love it :-) one of my all-time favorite places

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John Nielsen
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Chelsea Witte
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Great to be back out.

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Eean McNaughton
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A peaceful pocket of nature breaking up the suburbs north of KC

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Steve Searcy-Aguilar
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My German Shepherd and I enjoyed this trail. There are a few steep hills to climb down and/or up, so just be sure not to come after it rains because I’m sure it would be a muddy mess. We’ll most likely do this trail again.

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Monique Imair
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All the hills on this trail make me want to buy a bike and come back to this one.

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Greg Curlett
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loved it!!!

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Jane Mosley
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Well maintained, beautiful hike. Hard to believe you are in the city.

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lili prince
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Took my diamondback on this 3 mi shred. Really got into my flow.

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Barb Goll
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We liked it easy to walk good distance

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Julia Morgan
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Great. Entrance to the trail is across the street and not well marked.

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Greg Curlett
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loved it especially in the magic of snowfall

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Chelsea Witte
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Perfect day for a hike.

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Jennifer Martinez-Calovich
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very nice trails but beware of 4wheelers. motorized vehicles are not permitted but we see them occasionally.

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Slovak Queen
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Very well maintained trail through the wiods. The main trail is yellow and has blue and red trail offshoots for longer hikes. It'd be very muddy if wet.

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John Cox
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Great hiking trail. Well marked and easy to hike on. Our dogs loved it too.

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