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Horsethief Canyon Trail

Intermediate
 5.0 (3)

Views of bluffs, deep canyons cutting through beautiful grasslands, and a sparkling lake tucked in the heart of it all.


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6.8

Miles

10.9

KM

97%

Runnable

1,588' 484 m

High

1,474' 449 m

Low

505' 154 m

Up

502' 153 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

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Features Cave · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Need to Know

$5 day fee to enter the park, free if you already have a State Park permit. You'll pass the entrance station on your way in. There are self-pay envelopes if no one is at the office.

Leave No Trace

Runner Notes

There are a handful of low water crossings along the route, most of which I hopped over, but that may vary by season. There is, however, one crossing around 4.5 miles that is knee-to-waist deep, guaranteed.

You do not pass through any gates on this route. If you come to a gate, turn around and make sure the gate is shut behind you.

Description

This trail is a multi-use equestrian, hiking, and mountain bike trail and includes hills, rocky sections, sand and as many as five shallow water crossings.

Flora & Fauna

Kind of a prairie-meets-red-rock-desert thing going on here. You'll see deer, and you may see groundhogs. Be perpared for ticks in summer, and snakes too.

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Horsethief Canyon Trail by Mile 90 Photography
Mar 7, 2019 near Ellsworth, KS
Horsethief Canyon Trail by Mile 90 Photography
Mar 7, 2019 near Ellsworth, KS
Horsethief Canyon Trail by Mile 90 Photography
Mar 7, 2019 near Ellsworth, KS
Descent to the real water crossing - by Mile 90 Photography
Mar 7, 2019 near Ellsworth, KS
Horsethief Canyon Trail sign by Mile 90 Photography
Mar 7, 2019 near Ellsworth, KS
Horsethief Canyon Trail by Mile 90 Photography
Mar 7, 2019 near Ellsworth, KS

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