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Just right for my skill level. There is one point after the 1.5 mile marker in the counter clockwise direction where two trees are very close together and on an up slope right after a down and corner, so in a transition I guess, that brought me to a stop both times I reached it.
There were also two logs that I kind of had to pause to go over, but that is mostly because my bike is more cross country edition and has the large sprocket on the front that many mountain bikes these days do not have.
Overall, great ride and flows well, definitely a course one could ride for a while without getting bored and at the same time improving your skills and confidence.

The hike itself was find it just took us around 3 hours to do the loop because there were around ore 100 or so spider webs in the middle of the trail. Not so much fun swatting webs every so often. The small loop around the park was really nice though.

hiking
19 days ago

Great nature trail. Lots of spiderwebs, but that is to be expected on any wooded trail in Missouri during the late summer/early fall. We will definitely go back in the winter/spring, Didn't do all of the trail (didn't do the southern most loop), had to end the hike after 2.4 miles because we felt like the spider stick Shreck and Fiona used, then ate like cotton candy.

Very wooded and mostly shaded, they used a series of vertical rocks over the shallow concentrated flow areas to keep from washing away the trail, I would think that might be somewhat of a challenge for bikers, but great for hikers (and there were maybe 4 of those -so not many). Path would be muddy right after a rain, but we went 24 hours a .5 inch rain and the trail was perfect. Very nice trail, don't let the spiderwebs deter you.

Not allowing dogs ruins this trail

The trail itself was beautiful and felt fairly moderate, although it may have been the 100+ degree weather talking. :) The only downside was who we are fairly sure was a homeless man hanging around at the far edge of the loop, near the highway. Didn’t get good vibes from this gentleman, and my boyfriend and I hightailed it through the last 1.5 miles. A shame, because the hike really was fantastic!

mountain biking
1 month ago

very cool trail to mountain bike on. lots of unique sections of the trail to tackle. very interesting old style farm equipment. one section of rock is tough for bikes though but the rest is a cake walk. if you take a right through the prairie a trail leads you to the town. go forward and its back to trail head.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Went clockwise on my mountain bike. Some of the best flow trails I've yet to experience. I rated 4 b/c I thought the trail was going to be super easy, but I wound up having my 1st crash in my KC trailing life (I moved here in May). I've ridden Landahl, BSLNST, part of Lake Jacomo, Kessler Park, & Rancho Swope. A lot of those trails were quite difficult, some were extreme. None of them I've had a wreck in until this one.

It was on a simple dip that happened to be too steep coming up. I was going a bit fast & it felt like my front tire hit a brick wall - it knocked me off balance. It also slightly bent my front wheel.

Other than that, it was pretty great. Almost like a roller coaster. The valley was also magnificent. Will go back & be more careful. Heh.

This is a dirt trail that is very easy to follow, well-marked, and fairly well maintained. In dry weather it was completely fine but I can see it being very difficult in wet muddy weather. There were lots of butterflies, birds, and insects. We also saw a raccoon and a few squirrels. It was easily passable and enjoyable with a small dog. This would even be a really enjoyable mountain biking trail for someone with at least moderate skills. In terms of exercise, hiking at a brisk pace made for a decent workout with the number of hills and gullies. The only real downside was the number and frequency of spiderwebs. We probably encountered 40 to 50 small ones across the trail as well as significantly more off to the sides.

walking
1 month ago

Nice trail for urban area.

A very pleasant trail. It starts out with switchbacks as you climb a hill. But it then evens out a bit as the trail continues. The woods around are beautiful and the trail is usually nice and wide. Unfortunately, not every fork in the trail is marked, so it’s sometimes difficult to tell which trail you’ve turned onto. But overall, it’s a very nice hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Wide gravel trail through the woods. Well maintained. A couple easy to moderate inclines but other than that pretty level.

Very cool trail about 2/3rds in the shade in July at 11am, nice lake, a cave and natural bridge, it’s mostly gravel and follows and crosses a stream a few times, easy trail with a couple of hills.

intense dirt trail. not easy but moderate.

hiking
2 months ago

Dog enjoyed it. A bit confusing, we deviated a bit from our main route.

mountain biking
2 months ago

very very exciting trail to bike on. warned to not ride when wet out. its hands down the best mountain bike trail in Kansas city. if you bike its like a rollercoaster. for experienced riders only. trail is actually 3.2 miles long.

hiking
3 months ago

Majestic elevation, not for the weary of heart.

hiking
3 months ago

The waterfall pictured in this listing is on the Old Kate Trail (at the same location), _not_ the Whitetail Trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this with a friend. We loved the main trail and the fact that there are plenty of options if you want to make the hike easier or more difficult. You are sharing the trail with mountain bikers, so be prepared to step off the trail to let them pass.

walking
3 months ago

Really fun and pretty! Nice short and well maintained. Great Sunday morning hike if you’re looking for something quick just outside the city. We saw a woodpecker at the top of a clearing. Way cool!

Will be coming back! Beautiful beautiful beautiful!!

Great little trail, lots to see and explore. I saw a lot of different wildflowers that I don’t see other places & ran across a lot of wildlife too. Plenty of benches for those needing frequent rests. Not heavily used as far as I could tell but well marked and maintained!

Well-established trail, novice trail user appropriate. Water, shade, free parking all available at the trailhead. Perfect for a break from the urban/suburban environment without a looking drive.

This Trail is a gravel road. I'm not sure why it's rated as moderate, unless it's referring to the two hills you have to climb on a gravel road. It would be a nice walk during the spring or fall, to open and hot for the summer. The trail is not in the woods, it is very open. You do do pass by a lake and walk along a creek for a minute. Will probably go again, but not until Fall. It also is a good exercise Trail, a running trail and there are exercise stations all along the path.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike, though would recommend having the trail downloaded as it is not well marked. We made a wrong turn and ended up on the wrong trail. Beautiful place to get lost though! Lots of wild life and overall a great hike.

Good workout, beautiful scenery.

I truly enjoyed my hike there!!

Lovely and scenic little trail for a short walk. looking forward to hiking here again in the spring/summer when things green up. Many benches along the trail to stop and take in the views.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice little walk. Rated as moderate, but the trail is pretty clear.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail. Quite, and great for birding. Definitely will go back in the spring to see all the trees bud and the stream flow.

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