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Trail

7.5 mile 12.0 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 609' 186 m
Descent: -609' -186 m
High: 991' 302 m
Low: 857' 261 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)

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Trail shared by Damon Turner

A tour of the main trails in the park - a mix of flowy and more advanced riding.

Damon Turner

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This is multi-use trail so be mindful of hikers and runners. Horses and motorized vehicles not allowed.

Entrances are gated. The trails are closed during wet conditions.

Overview

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.

Need to Know

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…

Description

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.

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Apr 13, 2019
Gus Oppeau
Super fun, slightly technical trail for beginners (aka me)
Sep 3, 2018
Doug Carlson
Mar 9, 2018
Matt Obie
Dry. Rocky. Difficult trail, not well maintained. If you bike, prepare to walk sections to not die. 7.5mi
Jun 6, 2017
Cliff Walker
Aug 6, 2016
Chuck Hutchens
All trails are two way and multi-use. A lot of this loop is non-stop rocks and roots. A lot of fun. Lots of challenging lines. 8.4mi — 1h 21m
Jun 29, 2016
James Stanley
Slightly slick and muddy in spots. 7.5mi
Feb 27, 2016
Randy Rasa
Jan 5, 2016
Jeffrey Mahoney

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  3.9 from 24 votes

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  3.9 from 24 votes
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Lee Clark
Saint Joseph, MO
Lee Clark   Saint Joseph, MO
I love this park. I often travel over an hour to ride it. It's a great place to practice and progress my technical riding without fearing death. Jul 24, 2015
Randy Rasa
Iola, KS
Randy Rasa   Iola, KS
90% insane rocks and roots, 10% flow. Lotsa fun and challenge. Trails are expertly designed and maintained, but there is not a whole lot of variety to the scenery and terrain, with the route mostly tight and twisty through hardwood and cedar trees, plus a bit of open prairie riding. An excellent example of KC area technical trail. Feb 27, 2016
Anonymous User
Anonymous User  
10 Miles +/- of winding, rocky and hilly singltrack. The park lacks any highly technical sections. In gross, it is a fast and fun ride that will leave you exhausted. Jun 29, 2016

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