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Blue River Parkway

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
  

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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