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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +474/ -593 ft
Total: 148 riders

Mountain Biking Shawnee Mission Park

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#2 of 89 mountain bike trails in Kansas
#214 in the world

All three trails intersect in the middle of the forest so one can vary their rides. Weekend will see more hikers and trail runners, but its never crowded. Watch for ticks in the spring and when in doubt call ahead for conditions. 913-312-8833 (The park will close it if its too wet)

First added by Bwpaulk on Jan 10, 2010. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: yes
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From the west loop of 435, exit on 87th st and continue west on 87th to the Shawnee Mission Park south entrance just past the baseball fields. Continue on Barkley Dr along the dam at Shawnee Mission Park Lake. Take a right on Martha Dr and park in the marina parking lot across from the tennis courts. One of 3 trail entrances is just west (left) of the tennis courts.
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  • BU10May

    Way too many rocks and roots for my liking. There are only very short stretches of flow. These trails remind me of the many hiking only trails I have backpacked across our country. if you enjoy going 5mph, this place is for you!

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  • snoltz

    Very, very rocky

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  • kcfenderbender

    Great, well marked trail system. SMP has something for all levels of riders. Orange Loop says it's rated for beginners but, fair warning... is is non-stop roots and rocks. All of which are doable but, don't assume that it is a stroll through the woods as, it will test your legs and skills as a new rider.

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  • Apvdh

    After reading other riders reviews and considering most other trails in the area were closed due to rain, I ended up here for
    a ride. Not sure what other trails in Kansas are like, but compared to most reputable trails that i've riden in the midwest, this place dosn't stack up. The singletrack seriously lacked flow do to huge roots everywhere. Basically, the rough climbs wore me out and the rocky, rooty downhills were unrewarding. I should mention that I probably had the wrong bike for the job. A full suspension rig would do much better than my rigid fat bike. At the end of the day it's all about fun factor. This place is not for me. 2 stars for good signage.

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  • claudepotter

    This is a fun place to ride if you like rocks and tree roots, it will challenge your skills. It has some fast sections that's a blast. The trails are well maintained and it is wide enough for the two way traffic that goes on. I hit this trail a lot since it's close to my job and I'm never disappointed.

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  • TheMayor

    All trails are two way and multi-use. A lot of the red and violet loop are non-stop rocks and roots. A lot of fun if you are up for it. Lots of challenging lines. No real drops or air. Just hard challenging trail.

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  • blakehs

    fun riding. places to haul ass and places that challenge you with rocks and stumps. I would reccomend

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  • John Fisch

    Three stacked loops, one beginner, one intermediate, and one advanced--all rocky. Even the beginner loop is littered with rocks, but in a way that a new can probably handle it and develop to move up to the intermediate trail. There's no big hucks or massive features on the advanced trail, but it does require trials-like skills to navigate a few of the rock gardens, especially as the curves thread through tight trees. This is an excellent trail system and makes an excellent companion to Swope Park on the Missouri side of KC.

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  • DirtBum

    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.

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  • Schmo

    Shawnee Mission Park Trails was a blast. Great combo of technical roots and rocks with some fast dirt single track. Well maintained and smooth flow. Great layout and use of the area. After riding through a challenging section you get to relax and let off some steam cruising some downhill or burning through the dirt before meeting your next challenge. Lots of traffic out here so keep your eyes looking forward and be prepared to pull over. I really enjoyed the ride and hope you do to.

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  • [email protected]

    Good all around trail. I usually stick to Orange and Red loops, Violet is a little too rocky and technical for my liking. There are plenty of rocks and roots to deal with at SMP, but you'll find some nice flow too.

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  • mongwolf

    Here are couple of helpful links for the trail. The first is a trail map and the second a park map. http://jcprd.com/park_admin/pdf/smp_mtn_bike_trail_map.pdf http://jcprd.com/park_admin/pdf/smp-map.pdf

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  • Joshua McKay

    This is my first ride in the area and i was impressed. Not overly difficult but there are a few sections that will test your technical skill with rocks and tight squeezes through trees. Overall a great trail that i will ride again. It is multi use and i had to stop multiple times to avoid a collision with another biker, hiker, or runner. I believe the trail is bi-directional but i sure felt as if i was going the wrong way (clockwise).

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  • dmcewin

    Very nice suburban single track. Nothing too difficult. You can keep some nice speed of you are daring enough. Very well maintained.

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  • Auzzy87

    One of the best trail systems in Kansas. Consists of three interwoven loops of varying difficulty and terrain. Orange is beginner friendly. Red is a more intermediate loop that darts through cedar groves, wildflowers and a waterfall. And Violet is basically a giant rock garden. Total of about 10 miles. Trailhead is located in a very nice suburban park.

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  • Trail Builder

    This was my first time on these trails. Great trail system, and just what I was looking for after riding LRT on New Year's Day. I seriously needed something a little more challenging. The violet/purple trail is like one long rock garden. Very good for developing bike skills. I would not take my wife or beginner friends on the purple, but the orange trail is enough to challenge them.

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  • *****

    Pretty good ride, I ride the easier of the two on my lunch break. I like that the easier track loops to the difficult and back. Definitely riding in full next time! Some roots and rock obstacles nothing too serious.

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  • breed007

    One of the best trail systems in Kansas. Consists of three interwoven loops of varying difficulty and terrain. Orange is beginner friendly. Red is a more intermediate loop that darts through cedar groves, wildflowers and a waterfall. And Violet is basically a giant rock garden. Total of about 10 miles. Trailhead is located in a very nice suburban park.

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  • tlongpine

    Another great inclusion in Kansas City's battery of urban trail systems.

    Because it's on the Kansas side of the border it's cleaner and more diligently maintained than the Missouri trails.

    There are some very rocky sections, but generally is an undulating system that makes the most out of the moderate topography.

    On weekends it's often crowded with hikers, runners and other cyclists, but visibility is good so it's never a problem.

    I held back the fifth star because it's just too short of a system. It's eight great miles, but eight miles is only enough to whet the appetite.

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  • dgw2jr

    This was a great trail. Quite a busy park though. The trail tread has A LOT of rocks. KC MTBers have a good set of trail systems. The length is incorrect in the summary. We rode 7 miles and didn't cover the whole trail.

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