Blue River Parkway Trails

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AVERAGE RATING
****
3.81 out of 5
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Intermediate
10
miles

Singletrack
↑ 900 ft
↓ 800 ft
786
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
Very nice well groomed trail. Everything from beginner to very technical and advanced. If you like easy going stay closer to the river, but if you want more advanced stuff take the high road and be ready for rocky climbs and downhills.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (21)
 

Gnarly


June 5, 2016
Scott737 Gnarly  
 
Review: I placed three stars because there's no marker to the trailhead and there no marker for one way single track.
And it was unexpected storm a day earlier, which mud created even more difficult especially riding on the rocks - slippery! A nightmare challenge for me.

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Gnarly

November 6, 2017
tjester Gnarly  
 
Review: None of the Kansas City Area trails are open when muddy. Please check the status before you go out. kctrailsstatus.com

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Granny Gear

May 20, 2016
KBarb Granny Gear  
 
Review: Scott Cotter's review summarizes things really well. The only thing I would add is where to park. I like to park at the corner of Blue River Parkway and Blue Ridge Boulevard. From there, you can go west (the creek side of the road) to the River Trail or Wagon Wheel. Alternatively, go across the street east (away from the creek) to hop on Highline, Basement, etc.

Similar Trail: Swope

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Epic


April 8, 2016
John Fisch Epic  
 
Review: Good variety wedged into suburbia. There are some really entertaining sections of trail and some that provide genuine technical challenge. Along with Swope Park, south KC has some very good riding.

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Gnarly


January 15, 2016
 
Review: I started riding Blue River when it was just a rogue 4 X 4 trail. In two decades it has bloomed into a very nice trail system and continues to grow thanks to a great group of volunteers.

Right now there are roughly 13ish miles if you include the connector trail on the North end. That will eventually connect to Swope and create an urban singletrack system in the area of 50 some odd miles.

The Blue River trail offers something for everyone. The trails down near the river are non-technical and flat. A good place to get your sea legs if you're a beginner. The East Side of Blue River road and the Wagon Wheel trails are intermediate to advanced, offering up shorty, punchy climbs, choppy rock and root sections, small drops and some tight turns/switchbacks. Trails like highline will test the technical abilities of really good riders and certain spots on Wagon Wheel will do the same. Because the trail (at speed anyway) can be unrelenting, your cardio will get pinged too. But in a good way.

I have ridden this hundreds of times and still love it. Flows really well (most places) but doesn't allow you to simply sit back and pedal. There's always a challenge, a super chunky rocky section, crazy tangle of roots to navigate, step ups, tight turns, trees to thread. Good stuff.

Similar Trail: Swope

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Gramcounter

November 1, 2015
ITP78 Gramcounter  
 
Review: Fun trails.

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Bunny Hop

October 5, 2015
raindogs Bunny Hop  
 
Review: A little something for everyone. Serengeti and the River trail are flat fast trails along the flood plan of the river. Ox Bow Run kicks it up a notch with a little more flow and curve to the trail. Basement and Bo Ho Ca start out nice enough but both start to get a little tough and technical with some big rocks and tight sections. the more technical sections of Bo Ho Ca probably reflects Wagon Wheel and Bager. High Line is a tough advanced line. The High Line express has some big drops, nice double jumps and is not for the faint of heart. Overall a great trail system.

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August 26, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: I have ridden this Trail often mostly East of Blue river Starting from Blue Ridge Blvd... the reviews here are not consistent.. this is a great advanced trail.. lots of work has been done here. there are drop offs, jumps great down hills.. but some sections are very rocky even the basement trail is a challenge.. it will ware you out but its not too long so you can call it good before it kills you. Very good trail for beginners who want a challenge and will be challenging even for those who are advanced. Cross over blue river road (west side) and you have have it a bit more smooth.. but its heavy woods so will take some time to dry out after a rain and if its muddy it is not fun.

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Gramcounter


July 30, 2015
 
Review: great views of the river area. River side ride is
fast and just flows. Cross under the tunnel and this provides fun challenges.

Similar Trail: Gunn Park

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May 5, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: Excellent technical riding.

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May 5, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: This is this the best system in town. The reviews that are complaining about it rode the west side trails which are basically closed down.

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Blue River Parkway Trails MTB Trail 3.81 out of 5 based on 21 ratings. 21 user reviews.
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