The trails at Shawnee Mission Park have something to offer just about everyone, from beginner to advanced. There are sections of each trail that offer good flow and there are sections that will test your technical skills. From fast and smooth to rock gardens, and throw in some climbing.
These trails are gated and are closed during wet conditions. Trail status can be found on forums.earthriders.com
or by calling the hotline: 913-312-8833, but the gates are the deciding factor for open/closed status.
For a printed trail map of the area, visit: jcprd.com/park_admin/pdf/sm…
There are 3 official, gated entrances, all North of the road that parallels the lake. One is across from the marina parking lot next to the tennis courts. One is mid-way to the dam and the last one is at the dam near the Northwest corner of the lake.
This ride as mapped, starts at the entrance by the tennis courts. Start out on the Orange Trail
. This trail began as a beginner loop, fast and flowy with very few obstacles. Over time the rocks and roots have found their way to the surface creating a little more challenging ride than what can be classified as "beginner". It is still considered the most beginner-friendly trail of the three at Shawnee Mission Park.
Next, continue onto a short section of the Violet Trail
, heading north, before branching onto the Red Trail
. The Red Trail
offers a great mixture of flow, technical and climbing. Its difficulty level isn't high but it will test your fitness.
Finally, as you loop back down to the south, Red Trail
will hook back up with the section of the Violet Trail
that you haven't ridden yet. This loop is rocky and technical by design. It is very rugged trail and will challenge experienced riders.
Ride this around to where it connects back with the Orange Trail
, and follow a short section of that trail back to where you started.