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Today was a beautiful day to be out on the trail just west of Osawatomie. From here to Ottawa is awesome and great trail conditions.

1 day ago

While the trail is a little hard to follow at times (look for the blue markers!) it’s a fun hike and has some great views of the river.

Real easy but beautiful little lake. The dam is amazing looking.

1 day ago

Love it, will make a return trip when weather conditions are better.

2 days ago

Had a great time, picked a crappy weekend to go as far as the weather, it was raining the entire time, still enjoyed this trail, we were planning on camping but due to the rain we just went ahead and hiked the whole 15 miles and left, I’m sure I will revisit, hopefully on a nice weekend, in my opinion the better camp spots and views are in the 1st half, would like to go back and go through backwards from 15 to 1 next time, as far as the terrain goes I loved it, not to hard, not to easy, I highly recommend this trail

quick and easy! well kept trail

Great long distance trail.
Don’t like the detour outside of Ottawa but one great trail

Love this Trail.

Not a bad run route. It was pretty muddy at times but it had rained in the last 24 hours and it is a equestrian trail. The map could be better and trails marked clearly. But, it makes for a good hike or trail run if you're in the area.

trail running
8 days ago

I definitely recommend this trail. The only downside to this path is every one mile you have to cross a busy intersection.

The RED and BLUE Camp Trails are series of horse trails managed by the local horse club and within the Hillsdale Lake Sate Park. The trail is well marked and great maps are available on the park website. Marker 8 is just South of the highway and connects to trail segments to the north. Hikers can park at the state park office and hike 0.3 miles along the highway to the marker and start the trail. The eastern leg of this loop from 8 to 9 is mostly open plains and can be muddy with some deep ruts. The western leg of this loop from 9 to 8 is more wooded and rocky. There is a cut through in the middle of the trail if you want to shorten the loop. There are no water crossings in this loop. At marker 9, you can head West and connect to more of the RED trails below the dam. Trail hiked in April of 2018.

Nice trail to walk

A short paved trail that features markers describing trees, plants, and wildlife you will encounter.

Nice trail that just about anyone can complete. A little boring at times, but some very pretty scenery as well. The stream way crossings are nice.

My husband and I hiked this on April 2. It was about 30* out, but the humidity made it feel so much colder!

This was a nice, flat walk that with nothing too remarkable to look at except for the dam.

Everything was drab and brown when we were there but I imagine it's more pleasant-looking at other times of the year.

20 days ago

My husband and I hiked this trail on April 2. It was 28*, but the humidity made it feel even colder. I've never felt so cold on a hike!

This trail is short and sweet. It's a wide, easy dirt path with minimal incline, and benches to sit on every few hundred feet. It'd be a perfect trail for seniors or small children.

An occasional glimpse of the lake but nothing else too spectacular as far as the view goes. A solid little walk if you're in the area but nothing worth driving out for.

fun hike for various ages.

trail running
24 days ago

Narrow trail with no view. Definitely a bike trail. Mostly trees, but without leaves there is a decent amount of sun.

25 days ago

Skipped this trail/Park all together as it’s not dog friendly, and the loops are to short for more than a quickie . Nothing to see here
Ozark grey

Great stuff
Ozark grey

28 days ago

Best long hike in Kansas hands down. Not even close. Have done the entire length of the trail three times, once a year the past three years. Great camping spots, moderate amounts of water you'll need to filter and sterilize. You can cache water and food carefully if you know the location between the 9 and 10 mile markers on the trail where an old paved road ends.

Directions to both ends of the trail are very poorly marked and can be difficult to find but very worth the effort. Campfires are allowed, a real plus. Very small waterfall near 12 mile mark is a welcome respite but watch for snakes, saw a Copperhead sunning there a few years ago in late March.

29 days ago

It’s occasionally muddy, but still lots of fun! It is one of our favorites.

Favorite trail I city limits. Pet friendly. Like others, I highly recommend going off the paved trail and exploring the offshoot trails. I love this place!

Nice walk with paved trails. It has a few up and downhills.

1 month ago

My husband and I just hiked 13 miles here in 5.5 hours. It was a beautiful trail. Very well marked. We were glad to have found this little gym in Kansas. We would recommend this trail.

1 month ago

Enjoyed this park!

1 month ago

Beautiful trails with so many different birds and sometimes deer at dusk.

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