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Kessler Park Trails

Intermediate/Difficult
 2.8 (12) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great, urban singletrack about one mile from downtown Kansas City, MO.


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10.7

Miles

17.2

KM

100%

Singletrack

978' 298 m

High

785' 239 m

Low

829' 253 m

Up

825' 252 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Takes 24-48 hours to dry after rain. Only ride when frozen in winter.

Overview

This is one of the more common ways to ride the park. You can use it to go out to Indian Mound Trail as a longer out and back or you can do it as an out and back shorter ride. For a little variety you can hit Big Grin Gooseneck or The Wilderness to change it up a bit and give it a more of a loop feel.

Description

Kessler Park is an urban park located in northeast Kansas City. It's about one mile from downtown KCMO and is situated along the top of one of the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River. This out and back ride gives you a tour of most of the trails in the park.

Start the ride on Lozier's Lane. It has some nice ledges, one really tough rock section, a wooden drop, and some nice ribbon-like singletrack. There is some parking on the street right by the trail entrance. There's also a parking lot up the street a block or so.

From Lozier's Lane, transition onto Cliff Top Trail which runs along Cliff Drive before turning south and connecting to Disc Chucker which is a flat, straight trail connecting to Foam Pit. From here, hop on Chestnut Bridge to cross the road and connect to the east side Kessler Park Trail.

Kessler Park Trail is fun either way and is mostly all about the flow. There are a few jumps built in, especially at the east end. Right now it drops down to Cliff Drive so you can link it to Indian Mound Trail but eventually it will go all the way there by itself. On the west end, it can be linked to the Big Grin Gooseneck, The Wilderness , or Upper West Side. This part doesn't have much rock but it's super fast and the views of the Mighty MO are great. From the end of Kessler Park Trail, turn around and head back the way you came.

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Dustin Urban

Trail Ratings

  2.8 from 12 votes

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Photos

View of Green Lake from the trail above.
May 2, 2018 near North K…, MO
If I had realized someone left a Big Gulp there when I took this, I would have picked it up!  Never noticed that until just now, haha!
Mar 4, 2016 near North K…, MO
Lake on Cliff Drive. with permission from opscene
Mar 1, 2016 near North K…, MO

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Jul 15, 2019
Travis Meier
This trail is not ready for 2019 riding. its very overgrown, so much that I had to leave the trail and bike on the disc golf course for part of it.…
Jun 28, 2019
Kurt Jordan
Dec 12, 2018
Haden Schubert
Fucking terrible. Bring some kind of protection cause you’ll need it while fighting your way through shantytown after shantytown. Alsovery poorly k…
Jun 9, 2018
Tyler Hardin
2.7mi