Kill Creek Park Trails, Desoto

Directions: From the southwest corner of the I-435 loop (Kansas City Metro), take K10 west to Kill Creek Road. Left, (south) on Kill Creek Road to 115th. Right (west) on 115th to Homestead. Left on Homestead, park entrance in on the right. Park in Shelter 1 parking lot. From Olathe and points south take 135th street west to Homestead. Right on Homestead.

Trail Information: There are two MTB/Running multi-use trails here: the more technical "Eddy" trail, and the "Hank" trail.

Eddy: This is a more advanced trail with lots of rocks, etc. From the intersection of the connector and Hank, make a hard left then left on the paved trail for .2 miles to Eddy which is on the right. Just across the creek are the two log obstacles with optional lines around them. About a mile from the creek is an intersection, either direction will take you around the loop and back to the intersection. Going right is more difficult as it will take you up Kill Creek.

Hank: This is a beginner/intermediate trail. Keep going straight from the connector along the rock wall After you run next to and then over the rock wall you will come to a three-way intersection. Either direction will take you around the loop and back to the intersection.

The connector trail is 1-mile long, and there are lots of hiking and horse trails in the park, also. Most of the hiking & horse trails are overgrown and ticked-out from April through October, though.

More information: http://www.psychowyco.com/id38.html

Trail Map: http://www.earthriders.com/trails/kansas/maps/killcreek.pdf

Miscellaneous Information: Be sure to make room for MTBs, and watch for horse riders crossing your trails. http://psychowyco.com/Trail_Ethics_for_Trail_Runners.pdf

This trail was designed and built under the direction of the Earth Riders Trails Association in conjunction with the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. http://earthriders.org/

Bad Ben Holmes