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Unfortunately pets are prohibited at Ernie Miller Nature Center, trail information is incorrect.

Unfortunately pets are prohibited at Ernie Miller Nature Center, trail information is incorrect.

Unfortunately pets are prohibited at Ernie Miller Nature Center, trail information is incorrect.

3 days ago

Unfortunately pets are prohibited at Ernie Miller Nature Center, trail information is incorrect.

Simple hike when camping. Good for kids.

well marked. lots of pleasant miles available.

backpacking
10 days ago

Just finished a quick winter overnighter and the trip was great! Very unique Kansas trail and rugged enough to keep thinks 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

trail running
13 days ago

My favorite trail in Kansas, hands down. The north shore trail system is made up of the blue, white and red trail (just follow the coordinating blaze as each trail is well marked!). Ive done the entire trails system which is around 25+ miles. The red trail is the shortest trail but is (arguably) the most technical section as it scrambles along large rocks that follow the lake shore. Great for short/long hikes, trail running and biking! Great place to take your dog just be sure to keep on leash as the trails are very popular with mtn bikers.

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.

trail running
13 days ago

Great, well maintained rail-trail. I love it for long runs with the pup. Runs through rural Kansas countryside and through some small towns.

Hiked this trail in the morning with the kids (4 & 8). We seen a very large covey of bobwhite quail at the trail head. Easy going with just a few small hills and the path was maintained well. If you are looking for a quick excuse to get out of the house and see a little nature this will sure do the trick! (FYI..I could not get cell service, while on trail) 1/5/18

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.

scenic driving
21 days ago

I wouldn't necessarily call this a hike but it's a must see for anyone in the area. Certainly a nice view of Kansas's under rated plains. It takes about 15 mins to make it to the top on foot, maybe 3 or 4 by car.

backpacking
23 days 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!

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

We got our rental car good and dirty getting to this one.

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

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was awesome! Many reviews time this hike at 2+ hours, but we hiked it in about 1.5 hours. We had great weather on 12/19, cool, breezy, and sunny. We hiked with our 6 and 11 year-old kiddos and our puppy. Everyone loved it. This gem of a park was an exercise break for us on our drive out to CO, and we weren’t disappointed. The views were spectacular, and the trail was very well maintained. We topped off the day’s excursion with a fabulous lunch at Gella’s Diner in Hays, KS.

great trail with hills

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