“The infamous Bridal Trails of Wyandotte County Lake provide a challenging loop for runners.
— Cliff Jones
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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.
The infamous Bridal Trails of Wyandotte County Lake is where trail runners go to suffer in Kansas City. This is the go-to trail for hard core trail runners in the KC metro area. Bring a friend!
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 runners 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.