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Wyandotte County Bridal Trail Loop

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The infamous Bridal Trails of Wyandotte County Lake provide a challenging loop for hikers.


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10.5

Miles

16.8

KM

Loop

979' 298 m

High

759' 231 m

Low

1,314' 401 m

Up

1,311' 400 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Lake · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

The trail is legacy bridal trail build with no regard to sustainability or modern trail theory. The trail wanders around the perimeter of Wyandotte County Lake's rolling hills and takes you straight up and straight down as many of them as you care to try.

Need to Know

Be prepared for anything and bring a friend. This trail is unforgiving and will do its best to send you home limping or worse.

Do not cross the dam. When crossing at the bottom of the dam, stay on the gravel road, and it will connect you back to the trail.

Description

The Bridal Loop is an equestrian trail that allows runners, hikers, and MTBers. The loop is never officially closed and regardless of conditions or modern sustainability practices, draws hikers in all conditions. Expect steep climbs, steep descents, slick footing, lots of rocks, some shallow water crossings, and horse poop. This is not a trail for the beginner, but if you are in KC and want a challenge, this is your trail.

Flora & Fauna

Watch out for the stinging nettles at the bottom of the dam.

History & Background

This trail was built long long ago with a bulldozer and a six pack. There is no semblance of reason or modern design, and the trail has been used hard. It is in the worst of conditions and it shows, so be prepared for anything.

Contacts

Shared By:

Cliff Jones

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  4.1 from 15 votes

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  4.1 from 15 votes
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As you can see, the trail is a bit of a ditch in many locations.
Nov 29, 2016 near Edwards…, KS

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Jul 18, 2020
Pedro Henriques Lima
Incredible trail! Completely covered by the trees shades. Go with your map. 9.5mi — 3h 19m
Jul 13, 2019
Daniel Morrow
Muddy 3.1mi — 1h 20m
Apr 20, 2019
Michelle Davis
4h 30m
Feb 3, 2019
Brandon Jones
Super muddy and difficult 3mi
Jun 10, 2018
Caleb Nelson
10.5mi
Feb 17, 2018
Addie Limmex
Was a beautiful hike! Want to do it again in summer time. Plan for a full morning of hiking :) 10.5mi
Dec 29, 2017
Justin Anderson
Dark, light snow cover, 24 degrees 10mi
Jun 25, 2017
Lisa Koch
Tons of mountain bikes. No designated direction for bikers vs walkers 3.5mi