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Kill Creek

Average Rating:    (3.25 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

Tight intermediate single track. Good flow, some slightly technical sections and short climbs but mostly good, fun, flowing stuff. aprox 2 miles long Stay away when wet... it's a mudfest!
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Latitude
39.099722
Longitude
-94.578333
Trail Directions
From K10 west: Exit @ Kill Creek Road Go south 2-3 miles until road forks Take the Right fork and follow road 1/4 mile, turn left. Park is 200 yards on Right side of road. Trail head is in the NW corner of the park- follow the trail guides.
Trail Length
2 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
DeSoto
Zip/Postal Code
66018
Country
USA
   


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Review Date
September 3, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: mchaines ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Trail to the west of the creek is pretty rocky, with a couple tough ledge moves and nasty rock gardens. A couple of skinnies (log rides) add some flavor too. That being said, it's pretty short, and there's not a lot of climbing. It'd be tough to make a day out of the few miles of trail here, but it's quite a nice short after work type ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Landahl, Lake Clinton, Perry



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Review Date
January 3, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: breeves_2000 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Tight Singletrack with a few rock gardens and technical sections in between fast flowing hardpack. Drains well since the recent trail maintenance/additions. Approx 6+ miles of riding with another 12 miles if you want to use horse/hiking trails.

Recommended Route:
K 10 to Kill Creek Road. Kill Creek road South to 115th St. Right (West) on 115th St. Left (South) on Homestead Lane and another right at the park Entrance. Park at shelter #1 and follow the paved path to the trailhead. Several trails to choose from, but all loop back on themselves so you can't get lost.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Shawnee Mission Park, Landahl, Clinton Lake, Blue River trails (A.K.A. Minor Park), Smithville Lake



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Review Date
September 9, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: bcendo321 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Newer connector trail from parking lot makes this trail even better (less pavement). Do multiple loops both ways on the easier loop for a fun workout or work on your rock and log skills on the advanced trail. Enough climbing to get your heart going, and enough downhills to get a rush. A very good trail system thanks to the efforts of local trail builders, plus it's in a more rural wooded area which gives it more of a remote feel.

Recommended Route:
From the parking lot head right (north) on the paved trail, pass the hiking trail, follow the paved trail as it turns left then take the newer connector singletrack branching off to the right. This will lead you onto the easier loop, do it a couple of times from both directions, then take the singletrack all the way back down past the connector trail. Head south a few hundred feet and ride the advanced singletrack trail which branches off to the right and soon crosses Kill Creek (on a smooth rock path which may be submerged). Ride all of this secting you can, including the lengths of three fallen trees.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Blue River, Landahl, Smithville Lake, Shawnee Mission Park, Perry Lake, Clinton Lake, Lawrence levee trails.



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Review Date
October 30, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: ZOOM-DH ,  Downhiller

Summary:
It's nice to see a new trail system getting the official "okay" to mountain bikers on the Kansas side. Although it's pretty short, it's a fun and easy warm up/cool down following or preceeding a ride at the River Trails in Lawrence. I only have one concern, notice I say 'concern' and not complaint. What's UP with that creek crossing just to get started on the trail?! That thing must have been a good 18 inches deep when I've ridden there! Granted, I've only ridden Kill Creek a few times, but having to choose between drenching your bottom bracket or getting soaked half way up your legs portaging isn't the best way to start a ride! Hmmmm, let's see....would I rather rebuild and re-pack my BB with grease when I get home or stop by Walgreens for some Blister-ease for my bleeding feet? It isn't really THAT bad, but you get the idea.

Let's get some boy scouts out there and help them make a cool bridge!



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Review Date
August 2, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: EarthRider ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The Kill Creek trails are still growing so the mileage at the park is limited. Currently there are two trails at the park, an intermediate loop and an advanced learning trail. Someone posted earlier that these trails are a mud pit when wet. I have to disagree. These trails were designed to IMBA standards and they dry out VERY fast. I think faster than any other trail system in town.

The intermediate loop is fast and flowing with a bit of a technical challenge. While this trail is a great warm up before riding the technical loop don’t discount it as boring. The flow is outstanding.

The new, more advanced loop was completed over the winter of '93-94'. This trail was specifically designed to challenge riders by presenting trail obstacles not typically seen at other Kansas City area trails. The skinnies, rock gaps, stair steps, log hops and rock gardens were all purposely designed to challenge riders and invite them to come back to try again next time (btw - whoever keeps turning the stair step section into a slope, please leave the trail the way you found it). Most of the obstacles are difficult but low risk. The higher risk skinny dubbed “Major Woodie” is fairly easy to ride but it is several feet off the ground.

If you are interested in helping to maintain these trails or want to be involved in future projects at Kill Creek please send and email to seancairns@earthriders.org.

I ranked this trail a 3 overall, I wanted to rank it higher but it still needs more mileage.

Recommended Route:
Intermediate trail: counterclockwise. Definitely. Advanced trail: I prefer to ride up Killer Creek so again, counterclockwise. The log hop at the end of the loop is very fun in this direction.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
All the K.C./Lawrence area trails are great. Landahl, Blue River, The Levee, Clinton, Perry, Smithville...



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