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Map Key

1.3

Miles

2.0

KM

100%

Runnable

1,424' 434 m

High

1,412' 430 m

Low

27' 8 m

Up

28' 8 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

3%

Max Grade (2°)

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Features Birding · Fishing · Lake · River/Creek · Wildlife

Need to Know

There is no fee for hiking and biking. There are signs that indicate "No Vehicles", but that is referring to ATVs and motorcycles, not bicycles.

Description

This trail has lots of different natural surfaces, wear your waterproof boots for this one. As you start into the trail, the first two small dunes you go over are quite sandy and loose, but as you get further into the hike, the trail surface firms up with some clay and silt mixed in. This area has had trouble with ATVs and motorcycles over the years and I'm guessing they have torn through the clay cap and exposed the sand.

In the middle of the hike, you'll find a whole field of dense briars which the park board identified as wild blackberry vines! I'm excited to explore this area closer to when they'll be ripe this summer! As you continue on, the trees will get bigger and you'll be in among many large cottonwoods and some potentially muddy ground from the lake...I'm guessing the water table is quite shallow here.

This path ends at the north end of the fishing lake and if you have a state fishing license, you're good to go for fishing!

Flora & Fauna

Deer, coyote poop EVERYWHERE, rabbits, snakes, raccoons, armadillos.

Contacts

Land Manager: City of Newton

Shared By:

Andy Cramb

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Nice fishing dock
Apr 14, 2020 near Halstead, KS
You can't see me...  We think we identified this as a Plainbelly water snake.
Apr 14, 2020 near Halstead, KS
This section of trail was extremely soggy and it hadn't rained in a week or more.
Apr 14, 2020 near Halstead, KS
There were probably 15 people fishing the lake today, a 50 degree day in March.  Must be good fishing!
Apr 14, 2020 near Halstead, KS
Someone has been busy...
Apr 14, 2020 near Halstead, KS
There's a whole lot of really cool ant hills in all this sand.
Apr 14, 2020 near Halstead, KS

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