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Hot day for a hike, but that swim half way through helped with the heat. It is a fairly hilly trail, but the 7 and 9 year old with me were able to enjoy it. Going on a Saturday evening meant that the water area was pretty crowded, but we still found a spot to climb and swim. I would definitely come back and hike it again.

walking
1 day ago

All depends on time of year for this trail. We went mid July and the heat was pretty bad especially without any shade. Also the scenic areas near the water were almost entirely occupied by pontoons and boats making the water access nearly impossible and a loud environment with music and beer bottles littered around the beach areas. We stuck only to the trails and ended up with a dermacentor tick on the sock despite bug spray. So make sure you do a good tick check afterwards. Despite the boats and the heat, id imagine in the late fall it would be really pretty. Lots of cacti, local plants, and rolling hills. The rock formations are also really great. Would not recommend doing this in the summer overall.

Love the tail.

Easy and very pleasant.

Beautiful trail. Not much shade. I would advise wearing a sun hat.

Beautiful trail!
A very easy and quiet walk.

mountain biking
9 days ago

For Topeka and NE KS---a very decent trail. The north "half" is paved; the south "half" is packed gravel and dirt. I imagine it would be very nice to bike it in the autumn during color change.

road biking
9 days ago

fun

take this trail frequently to get to the best spot on the lake.

although it was a great walk, load on the deet. I reapplied bug spray and still ended up with over 50 mosquito bites. It was still gorgeous.

This could be a much better trail. unfortunately it has been ruined by littering. This app only shows 2.2 miles of sidewalk trail. There is actually another 5 miles of dirt trail here. I wish it had more elevation gain.

Loved this hike! Beautiful views and well marked trails. Beware though, LOTS of poison ivy and a few parts of the trails that were very wet so dress appropriately.

I would not consider it "Difficult" per se. Compared to other options in Kansas, yes perhaps it is difficult.

It is a very good Kansas hike. NO vistas b/c you're in the timber the entire time. But quite a bit of variety and enough ups and downs to keep it interesting enough.

Even though you don't need a pack, it's good to load up and get the training in.

Hiked it and camped at the campground. Fun trail, challenging in places, very easy in some. Also not well marked at a fork or two. BUT, no ticks, no mosquitoes....Yay!!!!

So it's literally a .3 mile walk up a road to the high point in Kansas. A very unique summit on private land with a free little library, signs, and picnic table. I raced the sunset up there and was amazed with it's beauty. Glad I did it.

Beautiful hike that our whole family loves! Our four kids get excited every time we mention it. Best advice is to get there when the trail opens. We weren’t on the trail five minutes before we spotted dear grazing near the bridges.

Really a beautiful trail. Lots of sights that you won't find commonly in Kansas. Some rock climbs here and there added to the fun and brought the challenge level up a bit. Picked up a few ticks, but not that big of an issue. Only real complaint is the cow crap. It's all over the trail and in some parts is hard to avoid.

Good hike. A few bikes on trail and a few joggers. I will agree about 2/3 of the way there is a homeless encampment in the middle of trees.

I've been hiking/backpacking on this Trail for years, it was the first Trail my kids backpacked on when they were little. Hiked it from end to end today with a couple of friends, and it didn't disappoint. Wildlife sightings, beautiful views, mostly shaded. Sturdy boots highly recommended, and plenty of water is a must. (Don't depend on water sources along the trail.) Trail is very clearly marked!

Just fun to say you did Kansas High point. Nice prairie views. A couple of nice metal artwork. Did it to break up the drive through Kansas.

The trail was beautiful, but the state park map was incorrect.

Very well kept trail, good place to condition for backpacking.

My friends and I went on a Saturday afternoon in early Spring. Very easy trails! We were very happy that they had dog friendly trails that they highlighted for us to take the puppy on! It was a nice afternoon and we were able to see different plants that were starting to come up.

Nice trail. A lot of different flowers and great views. At some spots it can get tricky to navigate because of missing signs.

Nice for brisk evening walk. It can get too tight at some spots. Kids need to be watched at all times.

Hiked this trail 6-9-18. Hot day for June (95 degrees!). Lots of bugs swarming me the whole time, but only one bite. Overall, a decent hike with some minor elevation changes. A creek crossing, about half shaded, half exposed. A little too much gravel road for me... I felt like I was just walking through some farmer's field mostly. My phone says I walked 2.5 miles when I finished the trail... I prefer trails a bit longer (5-6 miles). The creek seemed pretty slimy...and an odor of something dead and decaying was prevalent in spots. The creek seemed more like cattle runoff (sewage) than a natural stream. But hey it was. Fairly quiet stroll away from the usual suburban "trail" of pavement and underpasses. I would hike again, maybe on a cooler day.

So many ticks!!! We were covered in them. So be prepared. Other than that it was great. Really beautiful scenery and super easy trail. Autumn might be a better time to go

hiking
1 month ago

I took the children and found this end of the trail while having a great adventure. I recommend all families stop and take in the free adventure. You'll be impressed and happy you did.

on Lake Shawnee Trail

walking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great easy walk in the shade and to get away from civilisation. Nice historic landsite menninger’s. Saw a deer and squirrels.

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