Kill Creek - Trail, DeSoto, Kansas

Kill Creek - Trail, DeSoto, Kansas

DESCRIPTION

Tight intermediate single track. Good flow, some slightly technical sections and short climbs but mostly good, fun, flowing stuff. aprox 2 miles long Stay away when wet... it's a mudfest!

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 03, 2007]
mchaines
Cross Country Rider

Trail to the west of the creek is pretty rocky, with a couple tough ledge moves and nasty rock gardens. A couple of skinnies (log rides) add some flavor too. That being said, it's pretty short, and there's not a lot of climbing. It'd be tough to make a day out of the few miles of trail here, but it's quite a nice short after work type ride.

Similar Products Used:

Landahl, Lake Clinton, Perry

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jan 03, 2007]
breeves_2000
Cross Country Rider

Tight Singletrack with a few rock gardens and technical sections in between fast flowing hardpack. Drains well since the recent trail maintenance/additions. Approx 6+ miles of riding with another 12 miles if you want to use horse/hiking trails.

Customer Service

K 10 to Kill Creek Road. Kill Creek road South to 115th St. Right (West) on 115th St. Left (South) on Homestead Lane and another right at the park Entrance. Park at shelter #1 and follow the paved path to the trailhead. Several trails to choose from, but all loop back on themselves so you can't get lost.

Similar Products Used:

Shawnee Mission Park, Landahl, Clinton Lake, Blue River trails (A.K.A. Minor Park), Smithville Lake

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Sep 09, 2006]
bcendo321
Weekend Warrior

Newer connector trail from parking lot makes this trail even better (less pavement). Do multiple loops both ways on the easier loop for a fun workout or work on your rock and log skills on the advanced trail. Enough climbing to get your heart going, and enough downhills to get a rush. A very good trail system thanks to the efforts of local trail builders, plus it's in a more rural wooded area which gives it more of a remote feel.

Customer Service

From the parking lot head right (north) on the paved trail, pass the hiking trail, follow the paved trail as it turns left then take the newer connector singletrack branching off to the right. This will lead you onto the easier loop, do it a couple of times from both directions, then take the singletrack all the way back down past the connector trail. Head south a few hundred feet and ride the advanced singletrack trail which branches off to the right and soon crosses Kill Creek (on a smooth rock path which may be submerged). Ride all of this secting you can, including the lengths of three fallen trees.

Similar Products Used:

Blue River, Landahl, Smithville Lake, Shawnee Mission Park, Perry Lake, Clinton Lake, Lawrence levee trails.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 30, 2005]
ZOOM-DH
Downhiller

It's nice to see a new trail system getting the official "okay" to mountain bikers on the Kansas side. Although it's pretty short, it's a fun and easy warm up/cool down following or preceeding a ride at the River Trails in Lawrence. I only have one concern, notice I say 'concern' and not complaint. What's UP with that creek crossing just to get started on the trail?! That thing must have been a good 18 inches deep when I've ridden there! Granted, I've only ridden Kill Creek a few times, but having to choose between drenching your bottom bracket or getting soaked half way up your legs portaging isn't the best way to start a ride! Hmmmm, let's see....would I rather rebuild and re-pack my BB with grease when I get home or stop by Walgreens for some Blister-ease for my bleeding feet? It isn't really THAT bad, but you get the idea. Let's get some boy scouts out there and help them make a cool bridge!

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Aug 02, 2004]
EarthRider
Cross Country Rider

The Kill Creek trails are still growing so the mileage at the park is limited. Currently there are two trails at the park, an intermediate loop and an advanced learning trail. Someone posted earlier that these trails are a mud pit when wet. I have to disagree. These trails were designed to IMBA standards and they dry out VERY fast. I think faster than any other trail system in town. The intermediate loop is fast and flowing with a bit of a technical challenge. While this trail is a great warm up before riding the technical loop don’t discount it as boring. The flow is outstanding. The new, more advanced loop was completed over the winter of '93-94'. This trail was specifically designed to challenge riders by presenting trail obstacles not typically seen at other Kansas City area trails. The skinnies, rock gaps, stair steps, log hops and rock gardens were all purposely designed to challenge riders and invite them to come back to try again next time (btw - whoever keeps turning the stair step section into a slope, please leave the trail the way you found it). Most of the obstacles are difficult but low risk. The higher risk skinny dubbed “Major Woodie” is fairly easy to ride but it is several feet off the ground. If you are interested in helping to maintain these trails or want to be involved in future projects at Kill Creek please send and email to seancairns@earthriders.org. I ranked this trail a 3 overall, I wanted to rank it higher but it still needs more mileage.

Customer Service

Intermediate trail: counterclockwise. Definitely. Advanced trail: I prefer to ride up Killer Creek so again, counterclockwise. The log hop at the end of the loop is very fun in this direction.

Similar Products Used:

All the K.C./Lawrence area trails are great. Landahl, Blue River, The Levee, Clinton, Perry, Smithville...

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 02, 2004]
OLATHERIDER
Cross Country Rider

Great trail. I did the advanced section for the first time last night. When you come to the fork in the trail stay to your left, it will make the rocky dried out creek bed much easier to ride. It's good to have this trail, the lawrence river trail and Clinton lake all within twenty miles of eachother. each trail offers something vastly different from the other and they are all great trails. It's nice to have such a variety of trails in such a small geographic area.

Customer Service

Do the advanced section first and the cool down and haul ass on the beginner trail.

Similar Products Used:

Clinton, lawrence, landahl.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 10, 2004]
ricomundy
Cross Country Rider

I've taken to riding Kill Creek fairly regularly since it is the second closest MTB trail to where I live. The first trail built there, the easy one, is a 1.5 mile loop with about a .5 mile spur that hooks it to the paved trails. It's pretty fast for me, as an experienced rider, but I like to do several laps around it. It gets really overgrown with grass and ticks in the spring but some nice locals do chop down the weeds as I saw someone doing last Friday. I've done the loop in 8:45 minutes with my heart rate in the 190s so it isn't that long but it is fun. The new advanced trail has been opened now!! From my own experience living in this area of the country it is easily the most technically challenging trail in the area. In fact, I did 2 endos riding it, and there aren't any other trails around here that I would endo on normally. This trail is an out and back trail with a loop at the end and a river crossing at the beginning. I really like the 150 feet riding down a rock infested dried out creek bed. There are plenty of challenges here to improve one's skills. A lot of my pedal time was in the granny gear because it's too technical to pick up speed. This trail does need a lot of riding to get it broken in at this point, otherwise the brush will overgrow it rapidly.

Customer Service

Out and back. Left or right on the easy loop, both ways are fun. (btw - My rating stars are for the new technical trail)

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 12, 2004]
Jubberman00
Weekend Warrior

The existing trail is a good quick trail. Not much in the way of technicality or Aerobic's. None-the-less you can still have fun on the up and down "flow" of the trail. A few tight corners will make you keep looking ahead. all in all if you just want to get out for a quck ride after work, or before your kids baseball game nice trail.

Customer Service

follow the paved entrance of the park to your right and park in the first parking lot. then you will have to take the paved trail down to the bottom of the hill (stay to your right), or you can take the Maintenace trail and cut out the switchbacks! When you get to the bottom of the hill you will again go to your right till you come to the end of the paved trail(a loop). The trail-head is in the North corner of the loop.

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I cant say how i know but i have heard that a local Club is working on an advanced trail system in the same park! I have seen sections of the trail and ridden on the few completed sections. VERY TECHNICAL, a few log rides thrown in and some very jagged rocky sections. This trail will be a blast to ride when finished! look for it to open in May sometime

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
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