Sports Complex - Trail, Kansas City, Missouri

Sports Complex - Trail, Kansas City, Missouri

DESCRIPTION

Hills and hills, switch back and switch backs, very techinical singletrack for intermediate to advanced riders. The trail is still a chalange to many expert riders in the area. The trail is very new and VERY well designed. Good Job Monte.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 14, 2007]
QuicKsilver7537
Cross Country Rider

In reading the other reviews, I was super stoked about riding this trail but I did notice that the dates for the other reviews were back in 2003. I figured I'd ride and see how they were and I was sorly disappointed. Maybe I didn't find the right trail but I spent about 1.5 hours riding around the area, taking every "trail" that I could find. I finally found one but I would recommend bringing a machete and someone to clean out the spider webs ahead of you (I ate more webs then I ever have before.) The trail would be nice but It just ends in the middle, not like being overgrown but it just stops, cold turkey. It was kind of fun but for the amount of time I spend riding and searching I was sorly disappointed. Maybe I'm an idiot and couldn't find the trails (doubt it) but if you ride this after my post date and you enjoy it or even find these trails then just let me know. I would love to be proven wrong so I can ride here... there is a lot of cool terrain but no "trails" to speak of. As far as the "Bum Factor" or the ghetto... don't ride this at night but I wasn't uncomfortable.

Customer Service

Find any one I dare you... (and then let me know)

Similar Products Used:

Just ride to Landahl it's much nicer and worth the extra drive.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 18, 2003]
funknuggets
Racer

As a roadie, I hit this a few times a month for crosstraining and a few more times in the winter months. This is, as others have mentioned is NOT in the ghetto. In fact, from ANY point on these trails, you could not hit a golfball and hit a house... a football stadium...yes... but housing ...no. This was neglected and the strange thing is that somehow in the last few years it has magically started to get better and better. Some magical gnomes must come out at night and straighten up... as it has gotten considerably better. There are some nice climbs that I appreciate, and there are some, what I consider freaking impossible spots. I stay on the main trails that have lots of switchbacks and singletrack and the oddly placed pile of sticks (which seem to multiply and move at random from week to week). On the extreme west end, there is a creek where, yes, some cleanup would be beneficial... but not "piles and piles of garbage". Im beginning to wonder if he was riding somewhere else. The east side of the trails are the hardest, and the west are the easier. I like to hang out over there, getting my aerobic fix while still trying to feel like a hip MTBer. I only live a few miles away and do lots of my roadie hill intervals across the road, and so I love to come here (cause Landahl and BURP are a bit far when I wanna just jump on the bike and go). It is a fun trail.

Customer Service

I stay on the West side to stay out of the loose pack and big drops. I like the big climbs and switchbacks to work on my power. There are several entry points, I like to come in on the Arrowhead side.

Similar Products Used:

Landahl, Minor Park

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 26, 2003]
Dan Palmer
Cross Country Rider

I live less than a mile from these trails and this isn't the ghetto. I would like to thank who ever has been fixing these trails. I ride them almost every day. The limestone bluffs are great to ride down. Anyway, the other review must be old because these are some of the best trails I've been to. Someone really worked thier a$$es off on these and are still working on them.

Customer Service

After entering over the concrete dyke in the creek follow the trail to the split and go left.

Similar Products Used:

shawnee mission park has some fun, fast trails

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 24, 2000]
TK Woods

Although trail building is contuining there is a lot of great trail packed into a small area on the side of a hill. That means there is a lot of climbing, a lot of downhill, a lot of technical, and a lot of swithbacks. Be sure to check this new Kansas City trail out. It rocks! The trail is mostly single track designed by a local expert biker for mostly advanced riders. There are a few firelike roads and several water crossings. Be sure to explore all the trails, you will be happy you did and will you put on the miles.

Customer Service

Start at Gate #4 (off of Raytown Road) by the concrete Handball courts. Look for posted signs.

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See other Kansas City area trail reviews for more information.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 16, 2001]
Bad Attitude

This place is terrible. There are parts of the trail that look promising but all the negatives outweigh the good. The first problem I had was that it is in a sketchy area. The second problem was how dirty the area is. There is trash all around and the creeks had some foul odors that almost made me gag. Lastly, the trails were hard to follow. I really can't explain it. It just had a bad aura that made you want to leave.

Customer Service

I don't know, it kinda goes in loops.

Similar Products Used:

Landahl, new stuff at minor park.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 27, 2003]
It Sucks

Okay, listen up all of you out-of-towners who are looking for the good places to ride in Kansas City. There are some really, really cool places to ride around here............but this is absolutely NOT one of them. Another reviewer mentioned a "bad aura" about this place. That has to be about the best way of describing this place I've heard. Another comment commonly heard after riding this trail is, "Hey, where the hell is my car?!!"

To start off, there is no designated parking area for riders. You park somewhere between the Chief's stadium and the Royal's stadium. Here's where the "bad aura" begins. If you're lucky (and I'm not kidding), your vehicle will still have windows and a stereo in it when you return. If you're not lucky, you'll still have windows and a stereo, but someone else will be enjoying them as they make off with your car. I haven't had any issues but I know of about a dozen people who have had everything from busted windows to having their entire vehicle stolen from them when they returned. THESE TRAILS ARE IN THE GHETTO, I'M NOT KIDDING HERE FOLKS!! Use some common sense, you don't park a car in a ghetto and leave all of your valuables in it while you ride the trails!

Lastly, the trails. They really do bring "bad aura" to a whole new level. Trash piles upon trash piles will make up the vast majority of your scenery. While you're enjoying this "view" you can breathe in the stank odors caused from God only knows WHAT has been dumped into the waterways that the trail criss-crosses.

In summary, don't ride this trail unless you want to spend your morning hiking thru a sewage dump, your afternoon filling out a stolen vehicle report with the KC police, and your evening in the ER awaiting the results of your lab test from exposure to chemicals unknown.

Just go to Landahl, there is safe parking, no ghetto, trails out the wazoo for all levels of riders, and trail workers who bust their a$$e$ making some of the finest singletrack in this area. Period.

Customer Service

Back to your car and out to Landahl Mountain bike park.

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Consider this your warning.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 20, 2003]
Patrick/Trail Steward

Ok, first things first

The Stadium trails have been neglected for almost
3 years, and it shows. There were questions
surrounding the ownership of the land. Jackson County
Parks and Rec has since figured that out and is
moving foward with opening up the trails again.
There is even talk of a new parking lot going in
as well.

Second
If you don't like the trails, then why don't
you come out and help make them better. Next month
there will 2 scheduled trail work days. Go
the trail maintainence calender on ther Earthriders
website for dates and times.

Third:
A new Freeride trail is in the works for the land
south of Les Milgram Rd....this will be unlike any
trail in the KC area. If you want to know more about
it then come to the trail day next month and I'll show
you.

Lastly..
We will be putting in some new technical
offshoots off of the existing trails to take advantage
of all the limestone bluffs. These will be way
more challangeing than anything Ladahl has to offer...
all I'm going to say is that they were scoped out
by a member of the North Shore Mountain Biking
Association.

I know the trails are in crap condition right now.
I can tell you that Me and the other trail steward
are committed into turning these trails into a
killer riding spot. As for the area around
the trails, we can't do much about that, but I
know what you mean!

Patrick


Customer Service

Too many changes happening to recomend a route
at this time.

Similar Products Used:

Landahl, Blue River Park, Smithville, Clinton

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 20, 2003]
Mike

to the person slamming the stadium trails.. yes it needs to be cleaned up, instead of bitching and crying HELP, the trails will soon have a great flow to them and keeping our fingers crossed a Parking lot with lights. it is not in the best area, but to call it the ghetto?? I guess you have never seen a true ghetto. These trais are in the urban are of KC but with some work they will be nice.. I have parked there 20-25 times and never had a problem either have any of the guys I ride/work with.

Customer Service

still to be determined

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 30, 2003]
Scott

Ghetto? Hello? Uh, this is from some suburbanite I guess. This is not the ghetto. And these trails are quite nice. They've been neglected for several years but a fine group of folks are now working on them and they will be quite fun with lots of flow. Yeah, parking is a problem but a small problem to have a nice set of trail in an urban area. Which, I must emphasize, is not the ghetto. Someone clearly needs to get out of the 'burbs more often.

When finished, this trail will have some serious, kick you in the ding ding technical sections and some nice, flowing singletrack. Mucho gracias to the trail dudes who are putting this place back on the map. I can't wait. I absolutely loved riding here before it got overgrown.

Customer Service

Whatever

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
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