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Shawnee Mission Park

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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.

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 The old rutted and eroded fall line trails that would stay muddy for weeks after a rain have been replaced by fast, flowing, buff singletrack.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:
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ERTA Volunteer Trail Manager, Sean Cairns
Land Manager:
Johnson County Parks & Recreation

IMBA Rules of the Trail

The way we ride today shapes


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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