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Beautiful hike! Very rugged terrain, lots of rocks, steep inclines, trees, and a few lovely views of the lake. I’ll be going back.

Very well marked easy trail. lol bed the lake views

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14 days ago

Nice trail. Lots of people on a nice day though.

We parked, paid 5 bucks, took the red trail, the longest trail, it was not good for hiking at all, quite boring through the pasture . Boring will not come back

Great wooded area. Clean clear water even in the coves. Very quiet, clean. Plenty of connecting trails to stay busy

This really isn't a trail; just a short loop. Some good history here, and the view from the top is fun, but nothing fantastic.

This is the best kept secret in Johnson County. Quite, clean, secluded, well maintained and well marked trails. By far my favorite trail around Olathe, DeSoto, Lenexa, Shawnee.

We enjoyed this scenic trail! We were treated to two bald eagle sightings and the walk-in campsites were perfectly placed for the best views.

Used this trail for training for backpacking. Good trail not much elevation change.

I really enjoyed this hike. there are a number of different trails that intersect at various points so you can choose your own adventure.

26 days ago

Always one of my favorite short hikes. Usually very little traffic and I almost always see a few deer.

Great scenic trail along the Kansas River. I hiked the trail and there were photo ops every step of the way. There were quite a few very steep inclines, which was nice. There was a large homeless encampment about 2/3 of the way through. 5.5 miles is pretty accurate and it does loop, which I didn't get from my brief look at it on Alltrails. I walked in expecting to go 11 miles total. (Even though it does say loop in the legend!

Decent trail for casual walking

Hidden Springs Trail is a very nice loop trail behind the Army Corps of Engineers building on the East side of Hillsdale Lake. It's wooded and fairly quiet. Horses are allowed on most of the trail, with some bridges and sections having signs saying "no horses." I enjoyed the multiple bridges and the interesting winding of the trail. It's possible to walk to the lakeshore at one point of the trail. There is a wooden lookout and multiple rock outcrops. Overall I really enjoyed this trail and would recommend it to others.

This trail is permanently closed

1 month ago

I work nearby and this paved trail is a great spot for a lunchtime walk. Trail is right along the river, has lots of tree cover and several benches and even swings where you can stop, sit and watch the river.

Longest of the trails at smp. Nice hike. Rocky but not difficult.

Several short, hard hills if you hike it that way. Takes a while to learn as the trails are not particularly well marked.

1 month ago

Just did an out and back camping trip..hiked in five miles from East end and camped overlooking lake..nice scenery even in winter..trail was good exercise too.Fyi the lake was really the only water available for filtering

Great trail

1 month ago

Close to home, good for walking Lilly

Simple hike when camping. Good for kids.

2 months ago

Just finished a quick winter overnighter and the trip was great! Very unique Kansas trail and rugged enough to keep things interesting. Quick heads-up, there are a few spots where the trail passes through rock formations/cuts that could make for a difficult passage if carrying a larger pack....still doable, just worth noting that packs "may" need to be removed and lowered/lifted depending on what direction you are traveling. I also encountered quail, turkey and deer on the trail. I look forward to taking the kiddos once the weather warms a bit. 1/12/18

This trail is definitely one of my local favorites. Tucked away (basically the locals best kept secret) so it doesn't get super busy, even in the summer months. A great 4-5 mile loop that has some technical parts (especially after a rain!) so it makes for a good heart pumping trek.

We never actually found the trail head. It is very poorly marked. My best guess is that you start at the mountain bike trail head. Within a minute or two you will see an orange flag and a path into the woods with more orange flags. I bet that's it. That's what we will try next time. We wound up walking the mountain bike trail.It was fun, and it has several route options. Our dog had a blast and did not want to go home. Hiking. It's all good.

2 months ago

It's hard to believe you're in the middle of Kansas while hiking this trail. Our Boy Scout troop used this as a winter break shakedown hike for our upcoming Philmont trip and it definitely did not disappoint.

There aren't any huge hills but there are still some good short climbs. The scenery changes by the mile so there's plenty to see.

We started from the east trailhead, hiked 10 miles one day, camped at the trailhead there, then hiked 5 the next day.

Water is scarce so make sure you bring plenty or have a filter system.

Overall we had a great time and can't wait to visit this trail again soon!

2 months ago

Nice trail. A bit too manicured for my taste but given its proximity to KC, makes sense.

Hiked the trail on Christmas Eve with family. So much fun in the light dusting of snow.

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