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Highline272Trail Location:
The Blue River Parkway (BRP) Trails straddle Blue River Rd which runs along the Blue River. The trails run mostly North to South between Red Bridge Rd and 139th Street. Trails East of the river are the more prominent trails with varying difficulty levels. Trails West of the river are maintained less frequently.

Directions to the main Trailhead:
BRP has three main trailheads: Tennis Courts, Blue Ridge Blvd, and 118th & Lydia. East side trails can be accessed on the North side from the tennis court or on the South side from the Blue Ridge trailhead. West side can be accessed by the 118th & Lydia trailhead.
Tennis Courts (https://goo.gl/maps/W5k2s) : From the Southeast corner of the I-435 loop, take exit 74 and head South on Holmes Rd. Stay on Holmes for 1.1 miles. Take a left on Red Bridge Rd and continue for 0.9 miles then take a Right on Blue River Rd . Travel south 0.5 miles and the tennis courts are on the right. Trailhead is on the far West side of the parking loop.
Blue Ridge Blvd (https://goo.gl/maps/GPUvF): From the Southeast corner of the I-435 loop, take exit 74 and head South on Holmes Rd. Stay on Holmes for 3.6 miles and take a left on Blue Ridge Blvd. In 0.2 miles take a left into a gravel parking lot next to the softball field (Brown Athletic Fields). Walk, run, or ride 0.2 miles East on Blue Ridge Blvd and trailhead will be at the intersection of Blue Ridge Blvd and Tracy on the North side of Blue Ridge Blvd.
118th & Lydia (https://goo.gl/maps/T8Op4): From the Southeast corner of the I-435 loop, take exit 74 and head South on Holmes Rd for 1.9 miles to 117th Terrace. Take a left onto 117th Terrace and follow it a block until it ends at Troost. Take a right onto Troost then take the first left onto 118th Street. Follow 118th Street across the railroad bridge to the trailhead.

Trail Map:
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Trail maps are also shown in Google Maps by turning on the Bicycle layer (http://goo.gl/maps/49UqP). They can also be viewed in the Google Maps app on your mobile phone.

Description:
BRP is one of the oldest trail systems in Kansas City and contains anything from easy/smooth trail to some of the most difficult technical sections in Kansas City. The West side has a total of approximately 4 miles of trail which is mostly flat railroad bed with amazing bluff views over the Blue River. The East side has approximately 11 miles of trail with easy trails along the river and increasing difficulty once you cross Blue River Rd. and move up the bluff. River Trails are very smooth and flowy. Basement Trail is easy on the South end but has some advanced sections as you move north. BoHoCa Trail is an intermediate difficulty trail. Highline and Wagon Trails are the most difficult trails at BRP with technical climbs and large rock obstacles.

Contacts:
ERTA Volunteer Trail Manager, Zac Loehr
ERTA Volunteer Trail Steward, Ken Miner
ERTA Volunteer Trail Steward, Rob Stitt
ERTA Volunteer Trail Steward, Nate King
ERTA Volunteer Trail Steward, Alex VanLeeuwen
ERTA Volunteer Trail Steward, Tom Jester
  
Location:
Swope Park boundary(near golf course parking lot) south to Red Bridge Rd on the east side of Blue River Rd.

102_2392Description:
The Blue-Swope connection is currently under construction in five Phases. The completed five segmented trails will connect the existing Blue River Trail system with the Swope Park trail system. The first working phase (Phase Five) is set to open in 2010. The BSC will range from intermediate to advanced trail nestled at the base and edges of bluffs and rocky side-slope. Each segment will consist of twisting climbs, descents and generous straight rolling runs. Tackling the BSC will feel like an epic adventure in unchartered territory and then you will remember that you are within an urban core. You will encounter beautiful sandstone bluffs, Waterfalls. wildlife and great views of the Blue River. Stay tuned for updated trail descriptions as each phase is completed.

Directions to Trailhead:
From I -435 exit Holmes Rd South to Red Bridge Rd. Turn East on Red Bridge Rd.to Blue River Rd. Head North on Blue River rd. to the Alex George lake parking area. This will be an access point for the southern most point of the BSC, but will eventually have multiple access points including paved trail access.

Blog:
To read about the latest activities visit http://bscconnection.blogspot.com

Trail Map:
View the latest map >>> here!

Contacts:
ERTA Volunteer Trail Manager, Ken Miner

Land Manager:
Jackson Co. Parks & Recreation.

april2013Location:
Northeast corner of I-435 and MO-152, in Kansas City, Missouri on the south side of NE 96th Street.
 
Description:
The Hodge Park trail system is relatively new with 2.5 miles of singletrack and plans to have 5+ miles that will interconnect with existing doubletrack in and around the old Shoal Creek village. This trail is beginner and singlespeed friendly with a couple of technical features thrown in to keep it interesting.  Also, a gravel/paved trail is located nearby that runs from old Barry Road to NE 96th Street. 
Equestrians should not be on the MTB trails. As always, if you encounter horse riders on the trails, do not confront them, but explain that the trails are designated by the City for biking/hiking/trailrunning.
 
Directions to Trailhead:
From the intersection of I-435 at NE 96th Street go east on 96th street to the entrances to the Hodge ball fields (bottom of the hill). Turn right (south) into the ball fields parking and go as far as you can (south). From the end of the parking lot you can see the foot bridge that crosses Shoal Creek and leads to single track location.
 
Blog/Social:
https://www.facebook.com/HodgeParkTrails
 
Trail Map:
View the latest trail map >>> here!

Contacts:
ERTA Volunteer Trail Manager, Neale Shour
ERTA Volunteer Trail Steward, Matt Woody
 
Email the Hodge Park volunteer leaders.
 
Land Manager:
KCMO Parks
 
Location:
From Kansas City: From the southwest corner of the I435 loop, K10 west to Kill Creek Road. Left, (south) on Kill Creek Road to 115th. Right (west) on 115th to Homestead. Left on Homestead, park entrance in on the right. Park in Shelter 1 parking lot. From Olathe and points south take 135th street west to Homestead. Right on Homestead.

Description:
The Connector Trail (rating 2): From the shelter #1 parking lot go north on the paved path Just past the first turn on the right side of the trail is the entrance to the trail that connects the parking lot with Hank and Eddy. Just past the powerline crossing this trail intersects with Hank.

Eddy (rating 4-5): This is an advanced trail. Ride within your abilities. From the intersection of the connector and Hank, make a hard left then left on the paved trail for .2 miles to Eddy which is on the right. Just across the creek are the two log obstacles with optional lines around them. About a mile from the creek is an intersection, either direction will take you around the loop and back to the intersection. Going right is more difficult as it will take you up Killer Creek.

Hank (rating 2): This is a beginner/intermediate trail. Beginners may find the rocky sections moderately challenging. Keep going straight from the connector along the rock wall After you ride next to and then over the rock wall you will come to a three-way intersection. Either direction will take you around the loop and back to the intersection.

Trail Map:
View the latest trail map >>> here!

Contacts:
ERTA Volunteer Trail Manager, Joe Folse
ERTA Volunteer Trail Steward, Pete Barth
ERTA Volunteer Trail Steward, Damon Turner

Email the Kill Creek volunteer leaders

Land Manager:
Johnson County Parks
 
Location:
Exit I-70 (East or West) at Highway 7 (Blue Springs, Missouri). Take 7 north to Pink Hill Rd (the last stop light as you leave Blue Springs). Turn right (east) and drive to Owens School Rd. Turn left (north) and drive to Argo Rd (the four way stop sign). Turn right (east) onto Argo Rd. Follow this road until you go past the gun range on your left. You will go up a hill, look for the gravel parking lot on your left (north). Park here. The MTB trails can be found by entering the gate and following the double-track into the woods. A sign board has a map of the trails.

IMG_0093_sizedDescription:
This trail is a 9 mile loop comprised almost entirely of nice, tight singletrack. The course here will throw everything at you; extremely technical rocky stretches, sketchy climbs up loose and rocky slopes, long smooth descents where the only limit on your speed is your guts, and correspondingly long lung-busting climbs.

The front part of the trail is pretty gentle but the back part is not for the faint-of-heart. There are several stretches of very difficult, tight and windy rocky passages with some decent drop-offs and tough areas were just navigating the path without dabbing is about all you can hope for....as for taking these parts at speed...forget it.
Blog:
To read about the latest activities visit landahltrails.blogspot.com

Trail Map:
View the latest trail map >>> here! <<<< 
Contacts:
ERTA Volunteer Trail Manager, Aaron Browning
ERTA Volunteer Trail Steward, Ron Acklin

Land Manager:
Jackson County Parks & Recreation
 
Location:
Roanoke Park in KCMO. Mt. Marty Park and the Mission Cliffs subdivision in KCK. Near KU Med, 39th Street West, and Southwest Boulevard.
 
rozarksDescription:
Urban core natural surface trails for hiking, running, and riding now total over 5 miles in what is called the Rozarks. Currently spread over 3 parks between 39th Street West and Southwest Boulevard near KU Med, plans call for over 12 miles of interconnected trails to be constructed in the area during the next few years. The terrain is similar to other "south of the river" ERTA trails with black dirt and numerous rocky outcroppings. Trails have been compared to Swope Park and Shawnee Mission Red for their technicality and amount of climbing.
 
Highlights:
Near great food/drink options within riding distance on 39th Street West, Southwest Boulevard, and Westport. Roanoke Park has a community center with full fitness center, pottery wheels, computer lab, basketball courts, etc. Mt. Marty Park is home to the Rosedale Memorial Arch, dedicated to all foreign war veterans. Trails directly connect multiple neighborhoods into the wooded Turkey Creek bluffs. 
 
Blog/Social:
 
Trail Map:
View the latest trail map >>> here!

Contacts:
ERTA Volunteer Trail Manager, Brett Shoffner
 
 
Land Manager:
Kansas City, MO Parks and Recreation, Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS, Mission Cliffs Home Owners Association
 
To volunteer:
Join the SMPTrailWork Google Group to have trail workday notifications emailed to you.
 
Location:
On the west side of the 435 loop, exit at 87th street. Go west to Renner Rd. and then north to the park entrance at 79th Street. Turn west into the park and turn right through the gates shortly after entering. Follow this road until it comes to a T. At the T turn right and continue about a quarter mile to the Marina Parking lot across the road from the tennis courts. The entrance to the trail is just west of the drinking fountain. There is a gate at the edge of the woods indicating if the trails are open or closed due to wet conditions.

Description:
Shawnee Mission Park has been a destination for local mountain bikers for over 20 years. This trail system has recently been completely rebuilt. The old rutted and eroded fall line trails that would stay muddy for weeks after a rain have been replaced by fast, flowing, buff singletrack.

Orange (2.5 miles) - Orange is the easiest loop, beginners may find the rockier sections challenging.

Violet (2 miles) - violet is a more difficult trail, it has a nice XC downhill section from V to W, and from V to Z riders will find extremely technical rocky sections, so please ride within your abilities.

Red (5 miles) - the Red trail showcases the most beautiful parts of Shawnee Mission Park, allowing trail users to escape the city on five miles of uninterrupted, flowing singletrack that snakes in and out of a dozen heavily wooded valleys. Red has shorts bursts of technical challenge forcing hikers and trail runners to occasionally drag their focus away from the scenery and concentrate on the trail. Intermediate level mountain bikers will be challenged but should find a nice rhythm and will likely walk away with a new nemesis. The trail designers made the most of the elevation available at this park so bring your legs and expect to climb. The Red trail is one of the best places in the region to spend some time getting away from it all.
Trail Map:
View the latest trail map >>> here!

Contacts:
ERTA Volunteer Trail Manager, Sean Cairns
Land Manager:
Johnson County Parks & Recreation
 
Location:
Northeast of Smithville, Missouri on the east side of Smithville Lake between Highway W and Sailboat Cove.
 
CameronDescription:
Smithville is 11+ miles of varied trail. Clay County has paved trail throughout the area of the MTB trails, providing outstanding access to the singletrack. These trails are very beginner and singlespeed friendly trails!
Equestrians should not be on the MTB trails. As always, if you encounter horse riders on the trails, do not confront them, but explain that the trails are designated by the County for only biking/hiking if they are unaware.
 
Directions to Trailhead:
Travel North through Smithville and further for about 4 miles on 169 Highway. Turn right (East) on "W" Highway, and travel to the bridge over the lake. Keep traveling farther on "W" Highway for a few hundred yards to a paved parking lot (Smoken Davey Trailhead) on the right. As you leave this lot on bike or foot, look for the carsonite markers as you can go West (right) into Lakeside Speedway or East (left) into T-N-T, or South on the County paved trail.
Alternate: Travel further on "W" to Paradise, turn right on Paradise Road and continue into "Sailboat Cove." Park in the first spaces on the right (immediately behind the fee shack), and bike over the hill in front of the cars to the paved trail and go East(right). The entrance to the singletrack trail, the Southside Loop, is near the "Y" in the paved trail. As you approach the "Y" look for the carsonite marker to your right. If the fee shack is staffed, the County has a park user's fee of $5/day or $20/year (cash).
 
Blog/Social:
To read about the latest activities visit www.smithvilletrails.com
 
Trail Map:
View the latest trail map >>> here!

Contacts:
ERTA Volunteer Trail Manager, Aaron Beeman
ERTA Volunteer Trail Steward, Rich Bowman
 
Email the Smithville volunteer leaders.
Twitter: @smvtrails
 
Land Manager:
Clay County Parks
 

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IMBA Rules of the Trail


The way we ride today shapes

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trail access tomorrow.

Do your part to preserve and enhance our sport's access and image by observing the following rules of the trail, formulated by IMBA, the International Mountain Bicycling Association. These rules are recognized around the world as the standard code of conduct for mountain bikers. IMBA's mission is to promote mountain bicycling that is environmentally sound and socially responsible.

1. Ride On Open Trails Only.

Respect trail and road closures (ask if uncertain); avoid trespassing on private land; obtain permits or other authorization as may be required. Federal and state Wilderness areas are closed to cycling. The way you ride will influence trail management decisions and policies.

2. Leave No Trace.

Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Recognize different types of soils and trail construction; practice low-impact cycling. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage. When the trailbed is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.

3. Control Your Bicycle!

Inattention for even a second can cause problems. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations.

4. Always Yield Trail.

Let your fellow trail users know you're coming. A friendly greeting or bell is considerate and works well; don't startle others. Show your respect when passing by slowing to a walking pace or even stopping. Anticipate other trail users around corners or in blind spots. Yielding means slow down, establish communication, be prepared to stop if necessary and pass safely.

5. Never Scare Animals.

All animals are startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement, or a loud noise. This can be dangerous for you, others, and the animals. Give animals extra room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife is a serious offense. Leave gates as you found them, or as marked.

6. Plan Ahead.

Know your equipment, your ability, and the area in which you are riding -- and prepare accordingly. Be self-sufficient at all times, keep your equipment in good repair, and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. A well-executed trip is a satisfaction to you and not a burden to others. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.

 
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