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Prairie Sunset Trail

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 4.0 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fantastic rail-to-trail extending from Wichita to Garden Plain.


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15.8

Miles

25.5

KM

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Singletrack

1,468' 447 m

High

1,305' 398 m

Low

201' 61 m

Up

68' 21 m

Down

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Avg Grade (0°)

1%

Max Grade (1°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

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Family Friendly A great place to get away from cars and experience nature with the kids!

Be cautious during deer season. Hunting is not allowed on the rail bed, but could be all around you.

Overview

The trail passes through a mostly open corridor, in places wooded, traveling through farmland and by ponds and creeks. It offers a very secluded feel while still being close to two small towns, Goddard and Garden Plain.

Description

The trail is a hard packed crushed limestone and calcium surface that could even support a road bike; although I would use a little wider tires than that. It's a straight eight miles with a slight elevation change that's great for family rides, jogging, hiking and experiencing nature.

Some of the views of surrounding fields are amazing and must be experienced to appreciate its beauty. Lots of wildlife can be experienced out here so keep your eyes open! Be sure to check out the covered bridge at the far West end of the trail in Garden Plain. It is open to equestrians, so please be courteous when approaching riders.

History & Background

The trail occupies the rail bed that once carried the Cannonball Stage Line.

Contacts

Shared By:

Andy Cramb

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 3 votes

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in Wichita

#2203

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  4.0 from 3 votes
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in Wichita

#13

in Kansas

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The West Loop is a good starter trail for kids!
Mar 24, 2019 near Goddard, KS
This area floods when it rains, so the ladder bridge is there to get around the mud hole and improve your balance.
May 8, 2015 near Goddard, KS
Small obstacle on the trail.  This area was a dump for when Harry St was torn out so there's concrete chunks everywhere.
Apr 20, 2015 near Goddard, KS
West Loop in the fall as the sun was setting.
Apr 20, 2015 near Goddard, KS
Riding over an obstacle on the West Loop
May 8, 2015 near Goddard, KS
The tunnel under Yoder Airpark landing strip.
Jun 11, 2015 near Goddard, KS

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Jun 3, 2018
Andrew Hodgson
Flat, dry gravel where you can pick up some speed. A road to cross about every mile. Took my wife and I just under 2.5 hrs. 23mi
Mar 18, 2018
Shane Elliott