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Esse's Trail

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This is a challenging climb for a typical Kansas run, you want to be in good shape for this one.


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0.9

Miles

1.5

KM

88%

Runnable

912' 278 m

High

796' 243 m

Low

172' 52 m

Up

117' 36 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

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Features Birding · Views · Wildlife

Description

The trail starts off mild, but has a lot of short steep climbs. This is definitely a challenge trail for hiking and biking. There's some off camber portions, so wear proper footwear.

There are some really neat, huge boulders along the trail that offer lots of picture opportunities with friends and family as well as a couple decent views of the dam. Most of the lake view are obstructed by trees though. You can get better views of the lake on the adjacent trail, Table Mound Hiking Trail.

The trail is marked as an ascent, but I would personally do it as a descent with my family. The challenge to do this is to have two cars, leave one at the bottom and drive to the top. There is a parking spot along the road at the trail entrance if you are able to do this.

Flora & Fauna

Armadillo, song birds, and deer.

Contacts

Shared By:

Andy Cramb

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#188

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#29,735

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Huge rock right beside the trail!
Mar 29, 2020 near Indepen…, KS
Orange trail blazes indicate the trail quite well in here.  In some of the valleys that go down to the lake coves, they help tremendously as the trail seemed to disappear for all the leaves.
Mar 29, 2020 near Indepen…, KS
This is the second armadillo I've come across today!  In the end, there will be four.  No deer.  No nothing else.  Just armadillos.  :D
Feb 29, 2020 near Indepen…, KS
most of the lake views are inhibited by trees. There's better lake views on the Table Mound trail at the end of this trail.
Mar 29, 2020 near Indepen…, KS
There's a lot of really cool rock formations as you get higher up The Esse's Trail
Mar 29, 2020 near Indepen…, KS
very cool rock overhang big enough to sit underneath!
Mar 29, 2020 near Indepen…, KS

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