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Wyandotte County Bridal Trail Loop

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

10.5 mile 16.8 kilometer loop
92% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,314' 401 m
Descent: -1,311' -400 m
High: 979' 298 m
Low: 759' 231 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)

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Trail shared by Cliff Jones

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

Cliff Jones

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.

Runner Notes

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!

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 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.

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Dec 8, 2018
Max Sanches
cold and frozen. 10.5mi
Oct 3, 2018
Marshall E
Sep 29, 2018
M Swank
9.9mi
Aug 26, 2017
Lydia Bauer
Not nearly as muddy as expected, looks like rain has smoothed out and pitted some trails. I took a few shortcuts as this trail really beats up my j... 8mi

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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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