Please do your part to preserve and protect the trails, which are easily damaged if used when muddy. Before you visit a trail, please check its Open/Closed status. When a trail is closed, no use is allowed.
Check trail status:
On Twitter at http://twitter.com/KcTrailsStatus
By receiving text notifications of changed status:
- Send a text to 40404
- Send this message: FOLLOW KcTrailsStatus
- To turn off trail status messages, send: OFF KcTrailsStatus
Check the status line in the trail forums at http://forums.earthriders.com
Check local rainfall: Stormwatch.com
Closed Trails: FAQs
Why do trails close?
Tire ruts and footprints in mud collect water. Damaged trails take longer to dry and are unpleasant for all trail users. Temporarily closed trails stay in good shape for you to use over the many decades that they were built to last.
Who checks and opens or closes the trails?
Trail stewards and trail managers routinely check trail conditions, usually on a daily basis.
What if I see someone going onto a muddy trail?
If you feel comfortable doing so, politely share the closed trail status with them. Many new users are not aware that we close trails to prevent damage. Some areas of the country allow muddy riding or hiking without damage, and visitors to our area may not know that Kansas City's trails are different.
Can trails be used when they are frozen?
Typically, trail status will reflect whether it’s safe to use the trail when frozen. In the winter, a frozen trail that is usable and open early in the morning may thaw and be too muddy in the afternoon.
What if an open trail is muddy?
Please do not ride, hike, or run if you are leaving tracks or prints in mud. If the trail is dry and open with some soft or muddy spots, please do your best to neither widen the trail or leave ruts in damp areas.
How hard is it to fix a trail after it’s damaged?
When trail is damaged, your fellow hiker and mountain biker volunteers must schedule and spend hours repairing and smoothing the trail. This time could be better spent building more trail! In the worst cases, a single day of heavy damage can require the intensive effort of re-routing sections of trail.