Eroded and confusing trail network? Just start over!

The North Shore mountain bike trail at Shawnee Mission Park near Kansas City has undergone a major transformation over the past 3 years thanks to the hard work of the Earth Riders mountain bike club. Faced with serious erosion and a confusing network of trails with more than 18 different intersections, leaders decided to start over with a new design.

Ignoring the existing trails, the group set out to create two loops in a figure 8 design with two entrances and a single intersection in the middle. Steep sections were reduced to a maximum of half the grade of the surrounding slope which makes the trail less prone to erosion. New signage and the ability to close wet trails after a rain ensure the rerouted trails will be accessible to all mountain bikers for years to come.

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