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Wyandotte County Bridal Trail Loop

 9 votes

Length

10.5 Miles 16.8 Kilometers


Elevation

1,314' 401 m

Ascent

-1,311' -400 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

979' 298 m

High

759' 231 m

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

Cliff Jones

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.
Features: Fall Colors — Lake — Spring — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

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.

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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
Aug 14, 2016
Tessa Franken
4.5mi

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  3.8 from 9 votes

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This is my favorite KC hike and local park. I like to do the western side from 7.2 to the end basically (first parking lot on the left after you take a left at the T entrance). It doesn't matter the direction that you go. Lots of up and down and you follow creekbeds and traverse well laid out trails. It can get muddy when wet and look out for the occasional horse poo. Occasionally you will cross the park road but the trail continues- you just have to find it. There are very few places in the KC area that have any sort of elevation so take advantage of it's hills. Aug 23, 2016

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