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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +650/633 ft
Total: 133 riders
 

Mountain Biking Wyandotte County Lake - WyCo

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#5 of 78 mountain bike trails in Kansas
#1126 in the world

Trail is well maintained single track that is flowing and fast with reasonable climbs. Only a 3 or 4 moderate technical areas. From the parking area at shelter 9, you can enter and go left or right. Right goes to the older trails (Masons First, Boyscout, etc.) Left takes you to the new sections as of end of 2012. www.trailmasons.org for trail maps.

You can also ride all the way around the lake as well on the horse trails to get more than 20 miles of trail...but these trails are clearly multi-use.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water
  • No E-bikes permitted
  • Fat biking allowed in winter
  • No Fee required
  • No Lift service
  • Night riding allowed
  • No Pump track
  • Restrooms
Getting there
starting at I435&Leavenworth Road (just north of the Legends and KS Speedway): Head East on Leavenworth Rd (Hwy 5). You can enter on N91st and it will wind through the park...easier to continue East to N 83rd st and turn left (North) about 1/2 mile to park entrance. Turn left into park, go 1/2 mile and turn right and follow road to Shelter 9 area. Trailhead is just West of the lower parking area (near the rock retaining wall)
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  • Schmo
    ****

    Took the East side challenge and had a blast. A well groomed, fast flowing trail with great landscape. The terrain is somewhat challenging in spots. There are some rocky areas and climbs that really get the blood flowing. A bit confusing with all the shortcut trails and no arrows or written indication for first timers. Still a sweet ride!

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  • snoltz
    ****

    For KS, this system packs in some decent climbs on the east trails. West side flows more than anything on the east side.

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  • HawkGX
    ****

    I think the 4-star average rating is pretty spot on (I mean, you have to leave a little room for the holy grail tracks that you've yet to ride!).

    This trail is about 15 minutes from my office, so it's great to head there after work. The trail stewards do a fantastic job of maintenance and the mileage has increased over the last several years. There's some fast, flowy sections, a smattering of short, punchy climbs (in Kansas terms at least), and even a nice little skills section (Oz) with drops, step-ups and the like.

    I like that I can take the short-travel 27.5 full-sus bike, or the 100mm 29er hardtail and have a blast on either bikes riding this trail. Nothing on the trail absolutely demands a full-suspension bike, but there's enough here that the FS bike takes the fun out of it.

    The trail tends to drain well, so it's one of the first in the area to open back up after the rains. Kansas City area soil doesn't let rain and single track play well together so we're pretty careful to stay off to avoid damage.

    The main trailhead has quite a bit of available parking and is very convenient to get to, especially from the western side of the KC metro. It's a great trail for me to be able to get in a good 10-12 mile ride after work during the longer days.

    Not many rocks to contend with overall, so I don't consider it very technical at all. Just a helluva lot of fun in the woods, riding well-maintained trails.

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  • NuckinFutz
    *****

    Excellent work of trails. Loved the flow. Oz is the best section of tech/jump I've found in the area. I got there from rowing club entrance. Must have on local area list

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  • Midmoab
    ****

    Finally had a chance to ride this trail on Friday. The weather was great and the trail in fine condition. I used Urban Trail and Earth Riders resources to set a course. From shelter 9 parking dropped in on white [left] and had a great fast, flow run for what seemed like a mile or more, then dropped down toward the lake for fast, flat and a bit more pumpy series of switchbacks. Transitioned to orange, then green [pretty good rocky climb in this section], and back to orange climbing out on white again. It was something like 6 or 7 miles. Overall, a real blast. Obviously, the second and third time around will be better as trail familiarity improves. There is nothing really technical in the sections I rode, but it was still a really a great time. Well laid out, pretty well signed. grab a map from urbantrailco.com

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  • ejohn1
    ****

    The trails are very well maintained and well marked. Great scenery and an overall good singletrack experience.

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  • Matthewjhigg
    *****

    My favorite trails to ride in Kansas City. The trails are marked very well!!! Don't worry about what trail you are riding, because they all are awesome. In my opinion these are the closest to real XC that trails I have been on in KC

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  • lawmanfl
    *****

    Great Trail to ride. It is well marked and a flowing Trail. When I wrote it it was a little Sandy / Loma. I Road my Cannondale scalpel with 2.35 Hans Dampf front and a 2.1 racing Ralph in the rear which was a perfect combination. It was an solid intermediate Trail with fast down Hills and intermittent up hills. It has several routes and I rode approximately 5 miles on the white and red route. This is a definite must ride if you're in the area. Ride Hard!

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  • jett
    *****

    Well maintained trails, lots of fun for beginners and experienced riders.

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  • Dirty in KC
    ****

    Best trails in KC in my opinion - each side of the dam has very well maintained trails a mix of packed dirt and some moderate rocky technical spots, but nothing un-rideable. If you want the real
    WyCo experience and up for a 9-10 mile challenge, ride the Bridle trail loop around the lake. It isn't maintained as well as the other trails, but it is fabulous. Several places you have to push, but a great trail not to be overlooked!

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  • claudepotter
    ****

    This is a nice ride in the woods with great views. Today was my first ride on this trail and I found it to be a nice addition to my normal trails I ride. Do to all the fall leaves the trail was a bit difficult to follow but it is very smooth and has some sections you can get some speed going. My biggest issue is that the trail is poorly marked out, or I could just be spoiled by my normal trials.
    I would like to go back in the spring when the trail is cleared off so I can attack it harder and maybe find some more technical spots. Overall, a great way to spend a few hours in the woods looking at nature( the deer was everywhere) and for the beginner rider it will give you a few challenges.
    I hope that they will mark the trail better soon to get a better flow, follow Switch Grass format and it will rock!!!!

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  • DTorsch
    *****

    Awesome local trail. I'm pretty new to the sport and I've found WYCO very accommodating to my novice riding. It's challenged me to become a better rider quick. I recommend the white trail for any beginners out there.

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  • Scott737
    ****

    Met a very nice guy which he guides me thru the trails around. It has everything fits into intermediate level. As being first time at this place, it was quite work out but fun!

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  • kujts@yahoo.com
    ****

    One of my favorite KC trails. This trail is generally fast and flowy, with some rock and roots mixed in along the way. Oz is also a great addition. Wyco is much less technical than many of the other trails in the area.

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  • Shawn Dearing
    ****

    This trail always seems to dry out faster than others in our area. Singletrack that rides back and forth up the sides of the terrain.

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  • getgreedy
    ****

    Great trail with a lot of fast and flowing riding. Some rocks, roots and technical challenges along the way. This trail has a lot of variety and is very scenic along the lake. Our group had a blast and would ride this trail any day. Trail was also well maintained...my hat is off to the trail crew.

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  • ****

    I'm not sure if I missed this section last time but today I found a spot call OZ. They call it an expert tech section. It's a work in progress and the trail off to the right/north has just been opened and needs to be rode in to smooth it out. When it is dry you must ride this section. Big drops, decent jumps and table tops and a very big, fast, banked ravine turned into a curve.

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  • ****

    This trail is a blast to ride. My first time out I just haphazardly rode around trying to hit all the little intersections. That was cool but on my third time out I overheard a guy tell his friends to take off to the trail on the left and just follow the numbers. That way is a very fast and fun way to make it into a big fast loop. Super fun trail system with very few rocky parts. There was only one section I couldn't ride and as of this review I've only MTB a handful of times. I look forward to going out there again.

    I was also told that this trail dries out the fastes of the KC trails.

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  • Ben Stolinski
    *****

    The trail looked like it was going to be confusing, but I assure you it is well marked throughout. Numbered signage and posted maps every intersection make it easy to find your way. The trail is well maintained with a few man-made obstacles for the more adventurous rider. Great for riders of all skill level. There are multiple entries from different Shelters. I accessed from North of Shelter 9 between boy scout and whitetail cove where several trails meet. Park is clean and inviting. Watch out for hikers and equestrian. Kudos to Trail Masons for all their work.

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