Believe it or not; there are many good hiking spots in Kansas City. I’ve recently been wandering the trails of Shawnee Mission Park. I started with the dog park trails, for obvious reasons. My last adventure was the South Shore trail
Sadly, I was not able to hike the whole 3 miles; we recently had a major storm and the trail was really just a mud bath. I desperately wanted to play with our new Canon however, and the weather was beautiful.
I cannot speak much to the quality of the trail on a normal day. Or to the adventures that await further down the trail. But I can speak to (more like show) some of the beauty I was able to bare witness too.
Of course, some time near water is always worth the hike too. Glad to start getting some practice with the new camera before our upcoming trip!
“IN EVERY WALK WITH NATURE
ONE RECEIVES FAR MORE THAN HE SEEKS”
One of my goals from last year, and moving into this year, is to explore the world that exists in my own town, my backyard, my daily life. Part of this adventure, has been exploring the hiking trails of Kansas City. More often than not, I end up at the Blue River Parkway.
There are several trail routes within the Blue River parkway: The river trail, basement trail, oxbow trail, lydia trail, and more. I have posts on some of these trails individually- follow the links if you are interested. These trails are created and maintained by the community that uses them. Most communication is done through their facebook page! It’s pretty amazing actually.
I never realized how great the hiking trails in KC could actually be. Sure, there’s no mountain view, red rock formations, or ocean coastline. However, there are hills, nature, animals, waters, and a good ole’ hiking experience.
I truly believe this is a MUST DO trail in kansas city.
I’ve hiked the river trail before. It’s one of my favorites and I enjoy seeing it change with the seasons, and ware of others footsteps.
When the days are hard and the weeks are long, there is nothing more healing than a breathe of fresh air and a touch of the water. Water is such a magical thing.
Every time you touch a stream of water, there is a chance you are touching the ocean. Think of all the places that drop of water could have been: the ocean, the attic, the sky, the coasts of spain, the gils of a rainbow fish, the lake top of a volcano. This is why water is so healing, so magical. It regrounds us. It reconnects us. It makes as one with each other and the world around us.
I hope these photos of the river and the woods Hybeenating away the winter, can rejuivante you as much as it did me.
River Trail is another trail route that follows the Blue River in Kansas City.
We took the dogs with us on this hike with us. It was not my favorite trail with them for a few reasons:
- The river- I am not against letting my dogs play in the water; however, this river is not exactly the cleanest around the edges, lots of seaweed and brush. Our dogs can’t even eat each others food without having problems… river water is a NO.
- The trail is rock in a lot of areas which means you need a minute to plant your feet- our dogs don’t give us that time very often so we twisted a few ankles a long the way.
Other than near the water, the path was great for the pups and the fall colors are beautiful!
Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day:
Oh and I did a tree pose on a dead tree… Love!
Blue River trail is a popular hiking and mountain biking loop that follows the Blue River. There are several different trail options to create a loop with- this weekend Jason and I hike the River trail and the Basement trail.
The Basement trail is on the east side of Blue River road.
It winds through a wooded area and has a few rock formations to gaze at (and play on) if your heart so desires.
We took our dogs with us, and they handled well on the Basement trail.
The Sun Set right as we finished up the Basement trail and got back to the Mini!
Took another route on the Blue river trail today. I did not make it to far before the sunset and all my photos turned out blurry. But they are quite amazing none the less. And the weather made for a beautiful night!
I’m sure this will come as no surprise to many of you reading this, but Kansas is not exactly known for its hiking trails. However, today Jason and I discovered one near our home.
This trail is is closest to a hiking, and not walking, trail I have experienced since I moved to KC 5 years ago. The best part, it is only half a mile from my house. Lord knows, I will be hanging out here more. The fall colors were beautiful!
As the name alludes to, the trail follows a small river known as the Blue River. We found an off the beaten path trail down to a rock bar and got some beautiful shots while skipping stones to pass the day.
This river bed reminded me of home, and of my dad. As a kid, my dad would take my siblings and I to a sand bar off the Iowa river to fish and drink. The first glimpse I got of this spot immediately reminded me of the good times we had here. He passed away 6 years ago, and we spread his ashes in the river. This new place has a very, very sweet spot in my heart.
My friends and I decided to hike Diamond Head:
About half way up, everyone else bailed out on me. So I got to see the beautiful views all on my own! They missed out. Make a point to hike to the top if you ever get a chance!
Red Rock Canyon is a set of trails from paved easy to unpaved expert and all in between. Some for biking, some for hiking. Some allow pets, some do not. My husband and I decided to try our hands (and feet) at the contemplative trail.
The contemplative trail goes through the major red rock formations and has great views of the Garden of the Gods.
Over the past few months I have set myself on a personal journey to expand my definition of beauty. For me, finding beauty in nature is easy, but finding beauty in the day to day of life and relationships is more difficult. As I sat at the Garden of the Gods on top rocks I climbed I began to question what about this scene makes it beautiful. You see, Garden of the God’s is named because of the rock structures created from water and sand erosion. The contrasting colors and textures from the bright yellow trees, the dark green pine trees, and the red rocks creats a scene that cannot be recreated. The various textures created by the trees, mountains, rocks, and sands set against the back drop of any even bigger mountain. It seems almost chaotic at first glance; no really pattern or reason for how things are layed out, yet that vary chaos is what makes it beautiful.