Flint Hills Nature Trail
ElevationAscent: 861' 262 m
Descent: -1,221' -372 m
High: 1,440' 439 m
Low: 854' 260 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 1% (1°)
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“The complete, magnificent Rails to Trails route through the Flint Hills of Kansas!”— Andy Cramb
I rode this trail on a super cold day; 42 degrees with 30mph NW winds. It offered a great tailwind, but the pictures were lackluster after sunrise. I aspired to do this trail for eight months or so and this was the day it had to happen...to overcome the problem of a super long trail such as this.
How do you get back to your car?! My parents had business in Council Grove and offered to move my car to Vassar mid-day. So even with frigid weather conditions, I felt I was up to the challenge and took them up on their offer.
Don't underestimate this trail...the climb from Council Grove to Bushong is the only challenging uphill, but the sheer distance is quite a challenge if you're not used to that type of energy draw. Be sure to take plenty of food and water. I drank three liters of water and a thermos of hot coffee and a small lunch spread out across a few stops and was still spent after exploring to Vassar.
East of Vassar, I drove to specific points on the trail to see if Google Maps was correct. They aren't. As of November 2016, this is the most accurate map of this trail online that I'm aware of. Even though I drove around exploring the last 60 miles of trail, I still enjoyed finding the true end of the trail, and documenting as much of the trail as I could. I'm sure others can get some awesome pics I missed and I highly recommend they upload them!
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed, History & Background
Land Manager: Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy