Minor park - TRAIL

Minor park - Trail, Kansas City, Missouri

Great beginner trail, goes on for many mile, some mud and there are a few creeks to cross. good trial for the girlfriend because not extremely hilly or extreme

User Reviews (21)

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chiefton   Weekend Warrior [May 20, 2006]

Although, I used to feel that this trail was not challenging enough for the type of riding that I enjoy, they have recently added some new sections that are challenging for just about any rider.
Basically, most of the easy trail are west of Blue River rd, while the more challenging trails are east of Blue River Rd(you have to pass under the road to access those trails.
The most difficult trail will provide you with plenty of practice climbing ledges and jumping off of up to 4-5 ft dropoffs.

Customer Service

If you want to visit the more challenging trails, I would suggest parking along Blue River Rd. just south of Red Bridge Rd. There are some tennis courts and parking at this trail head. Follow the trail southeast until you hit a very small creek crossing. If you follow the creek for about 30 yards east, there is a bridge(Blue River Rd) that you ride under. The entrance to the more challenging trails is just on the other side of the bridge.

Similar Products Used: Landahl (blue springs) is bigger, better, but a little further out of town for those that live in KC.
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3
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3
Got2GoFast   Weekend Warrior [May 09, 2005]

I think I already reviewed this trail, but it was under a different name. Anyhoo, this trail is sweet. After riding most of the trails that Kansas City has to offer I have to say that this one takes the cake. Only improvement I see needed is marking the trail with some visible signs(I'm a pretty good map reader and sometimes I feel like I'm in China whenever I try and figure out exactly where I am out there. Never fear though, keep riding and you'll always come out near a road sooner or later). Whether you're wanting to take it slow and stay on the easy singletrack or you're looking for some hardcore technical stuff with plenty of rocky drop-offs and such, then you'll find it out here. Anyone from the novice to the pro can have fun. Hands down the best trail for all-around riding that I've found in Kansas City. Though definitely in a toss-up with Landahl Park for challenging riding and just plain fun, the only reason I like these trails better is because of the constant scenery of the river and wildlife. When I say wildlife, I don't just mean the occasional horse you might come across. The last time I was there I came across 2 sets of deer on two different occasions and partially ran over a wild turkey--nothing I could do, damn thing came out of nowhere. Have fun people and make sure to wear a helmet--the rocky parts can get ya if you're not careful. Here's a trail map for you guys and gals: http://earthriders.com/trails/trail.php?s=mo&file=blueriverpark.xml This website will have anything you want to know about the trail.

Customer Service

You're gonna need a trail map for this one. Start at the main trailhead(118th and Lydia) and head to the #4 trail. Don't be afraid to cross some rivers. It'll give you a chance to test your technical side. Don't worry the water usually never gets over a quarter of the way up your rims. Head south down #4 to go through the "Little Moab" stretch. After you've passed that, cross the river again(the map will sorta show you where to cross--look for the little red lines) to get to the #2 trail. Once at #2, take the #2 or #3 trails(#3 will lead back to #2, its just a little more technical) down until you get to the RR tracks. Cross the tracks and after a short distance you'll find a short steep downhill stretch on your left. Take that and ride it until it spits you out into the river again(don't worry its actually easy to cross, just aim for the dry spots. you'll know what I mean when you get there). This will lead you back to the #4 trail. From here I like to take the #21 trail down to the power substation(get ready to test your technical side). On your way back up, change it up a little by taking the #10 and #11 trails. They are sometimes challenging as well. Have fun and be safe.

Similar Products Used: Landahl Park--Just as good as Blue River/Minor Park if not better. Smithville Trails--Great trails near the lake. During the summer there is some good scenery on the boats ;)
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5
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4
Barry Gilbert   [Nov 04, 1998]

I would only consider riding this scrawny little trail if you really, really need some variety, or if you simply must justify that suspension rig Mom just bought you (and potholes and curbs don't cut it). It goes out and back and braids a little to make the most of limited space. Only horse damage or gravel could reduce its attraction. But in all fairness, when I lived in K.C., the riding was so scarce I hit this one about every month just to break the monotony.

Customer Service

Out 'n back, there ain't much choice.

Similar Products Used: Lawrence river trails, Landahl and Blue & Grey Park
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2
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Todd   [Jan 08, 1999]

After reading the earlier review, I thought it necessary to defend these trails. They are close-in to KC, offer 14+ miles of singletrack, and have much greater diversity of terrain than they did in the past. Trail builders have been busy here. While many of the trails adjacent to the Blue River are flat (and occasionally boring), the trails south of Blue Ridge and the Bluff Trails (as I call 'em) offer plenty of challenges. You've got to be willing to experiment and hit a few dead-ends, but it's worth it. I have ridden here at least 20 times (including all seasons and in the snow last weekend), and I always enjoy it. It ain't Landahl or Clinton Lake, but it's a great in-town ride.

Customer Service

Park at Tennis Courts off Blue River Road just south of Red Bridge Road. Stay on east side of Blue River until the concrete bridge. Cross Blue River to West side. Follow former railbed southwest, exploring side trails (especially rock garden after brief climb from river). Cross railroad tracks and Blue River again and take singletrack under Blue Ridge Road and ultimately out past resevoir/pond. Return via east side of Blue River. If I've got time and the lungs, I will throw in the Bluff Trails on the east side of Blue River Road near the intersection with Blue Ridge--most technical portion of these trails.

Similar Products Used: Landahl State Pak in Blue Spring, Clinton Lake, The Levee
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3
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J   [May 28, 1999]

Pretty straight and flat. A couple of creek/river crossings that are about the only excitement. Usually alot of hikers, horses or people just enjoying a simple ride. Be careful as there is some WIERD people parked in the lots at all times.

Customer Service

Park at tennis courts off Blue Ridge, ride in and you'll find that there is not alot of choice.

Similar Products Used: Landahl,Shawnee, Landahl, Smithville Lake
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1
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Keith Van Loo   [Jul 16, 1999]

Main trail was ok but still muddy in places after a week + without rain. All of the lateral trails were overgrown and full of thorn bushes and trees. Pretty miserable actually. Main path difficult to follow at times with and occasional tree climb or climb with roots and trees. 2 or 3 fun river crossings. Trial has potential but needs to be marked and ridden more.

Customer Service

Directions From Nearest Town: At the south end of the I-435 loop, take I-435 (east/west) to the Holmes
Rd exit. Go south on Holmes to Red Bridge Rd (Burger King on left, Minor Park Golf course across Red Bridge
and to the left). Go left (east) on Red Bridge, across the RED BRIDGE,the park entrance is the first right just past the bridge. Park at the end of the road, by the basket-ball courts. Trail entrance is behind the large tree's to the west (right you have to go about a block before you see the trail head. It is not directly south as advertised in other listings. The trail you see leads you to the tennis courts not to the main trail. Look to the right and go between the 2 set of large tree's. You can miss it.

Similar Products Used: Lawrence Levee trail is excellent back half is almost dry finally. Perry Lake is much more technical but is very well maintained by the parks department.
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2
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DirtIsGood   [Aug 11, 1999]

Can be beginner. Can be intermediate. Can be very technical. You gotta look for it. There are hidden trails in the bushes. You're going to get beat up looking for the hard stuff. Thats why it is hard. Lots of rock climbs. Very technical rock climb behind the soccer fields. The climb is right along the creek, if not in the creek (spring it floods). A few creek crossings. The spring can be waist high. Summer mid calf. Winter - forget it, you'll freeze your ass off. There are some places where you'll ride precariously close to 50' drop offs next to the creek. Those can scare the shit out of you. There is one part that looks like it dead ends at the rail road tracks. Look both ways. Carry your bike across the track. Look another trail. Actually two trails. Look to your immediate right for a kick your ass rock climb. DONT FALL ON THE RAILROAD TRACK WHILE CLIMBING UP THIS. Coal trains run through there every other hour or so. Careful. The main trail after the tracks goes another 5 miles or so. HAUL ASS. Some nice hill climbs. There is a straight run for about 1/4 mile, put it in your big chain ring and kick some butt.

Some of the horse trails add the benefit of building calusus on your asshole. Especially after the sprint rains.

Make sure you take two water bottles or Camelback, spare tube, and some tools. Its adviseable to take a buddy just in case.

Customer Service

Follow the directions of the other reviewers. that will get you there. There is only one way in. I've only found one main trailhead.

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4
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farmanimal   [Jun 28, 2000]

I think of all places this gets the most maligned reviews... i have ridden this enough to know.. you have to explore a little we have ridden it past a power station sub unit.. there are creek crossings, depth depends on where you cross.... there is some really nice riding here if you look .... it does get over grown in summer, watch out for poison ivy, at least that is what i have been told, (1st hand experience)... khey if you live in the city and have no ytime to drive an hour go to minor... i always give it a 5 cause no one else will, they all just wanna bitch about it.. be happy its close and you can ride it...

Customer Service

just read the other posts

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5
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Joe Hettiarachchy   [Jul 09, 2000]

This is a great beginner trail. It has great scenery and you can fly through it if you're an expert rider. Crossing the river at several spots is a lot of fun. This is the trail I grew up on and I love it to death. If I lived closer to it I'd still ride it all the time. This trail gets bad reviews because a large homosexual community is centered at this park, especially at night.

Customer Service

Start by park entrance and cross the river toward the RR tracks.

Similar Products Used: Landahl Park
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5
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Greg   [Aug 10, 2000]

The knuckleheads who give this trail a "5" are retarded. Do they really mean to equate this little piece of urban dirt with the Porcupine Rim? Berryman? Tsali, NC? Of course not, their little feelings just got hurt when those meanies insulted the only place they're brave enough to take their momma-bought, free-ride rigs. Of course, in their little worlds, this just might be a "5".

Look, as a diversion or change of pace, Minor is fine -- even fun. But you don't wanna plan a trip around it.

Look

Customer Service

Get in, take your time and explore. The other posts are pretty accurate

Similar Products Used: Landahl, Sports Complex
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1
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