Winter Afternoon Hike at Jerry Smith Park

Take a break from holiday shopping, burn off some holiday calories and join us for a rare afternoon hike to explore Jerry Smith Farm Park and Saeger Woods Conservation Area.  Meet us at the trailhead at 1:30 pm as we follow the park's trails that traverse 360 acres of remnant and restored prairie and wooded forest.  The hike will conclude at or prior to 4:30 pm.  More details about the park can be found at

As hikes like this are one way our local Sierra Club group raises money to fund our outing program, a donation of $5 would be gratefully accepted.  Since this is a short afternoon hike, it isn't necessary to bring lunch, but you might want to bring snacks and water, as there are no places to obtain either along the trail.  Light rain, snow or wind won't bring on cancellation, but dangerous driving conditions and/or subzero weather way.  Be sure to wear layers, hats, etc. if the weather is cold.

During the sign-in process all participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the Liability Waiver before you choose to participate in an outing, please go to: .

If you have any other questions, please contact Steve Hassler at (913)[masked] or [masked].

UPDATE - I've been informed that the map link above may place the park on 183rd St, far south of its actual location on 139th St.  I haven't encountered this when I click on the link, but just in case anyone else does, here are driving directions to Jerry Smith Park:

Take Holmes Road south of Martin City.  Immediately after the Blue River Bridge, turn east on 139th Street.  The park entrance is approximately 3/4 mile on the left.  Follow a gravel road 0.3 miles from the entrance to a designated parking area.  Drive slowly on the gravel road as it has several deep potholes that may not be visible if snow falls overnight. 

If coming from most of the Kansas City area, you're best off to take I-435 to Holmes Road and go south, about 4 miles.  If coming from south Grandview or Belton, take MO-150 west to the Holmes Road exit, and then go north to 139th Street which is at the bottom of a long hill just before the Blue River Bridge.

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  • Deanna

    Jerry Smith Park was wonderful, even with the cooler temperatures. Thank you Steve.

    December 15, 2013

  • Steve H.

    Last minute notes:

    Temperatures are expected to be in the mid- to high-twenties tomorrow. Channel 41 said "just a dusting" so we should be able to proceed with our hike

    If something comes up and you can't make it, please let me know either here on Meetup, by e-mail ([masked]) or at [masked] (voice or text), so we don't stand around shivering waiting for someone who decided not to go after all.

    December 13, 2013

  • Julie

    How fast a pace will this be, how many miles, and are there bailout points along the way? I'm recovering from a broken foot 3 months ago, so I don't know if I'll be able to go 3 hours.

    December 9, 2013

    • Steve H.

      I hiked the trail and even bushwhacked a bit in very cold conditions last weekend and was out in 1.5 hours, so there's no need for a fast pace. The 1.5 mile south trail is mostly paved, with some intervals of gravel and stone. That trail forms a loop and returns directly to the parking lot. At about the 0.9 mile mark the north loop departs; some of it may actually have been just deer tracks I followed. It is a little more challenging and may not be suitable given your condition. Tomorrow's weather will also dictate the pace and length of the hike. I only listed it for 3 hours because I hadn't walked the trail when I originally posted the trip, so I didn't want anyone to schedule something right up against it and then be delayed for the subsequent event.

      December 13, 2013

  • Eileen M.

    I noticed that the link for Jerry Smith Park map shows the location around 183 St and That is way too far south.

    December 13, 2013

    • Steve H.

      When I click om the link, it shows me the correct location off 139th St. Just to be sure, though, I'll add driving directions during my lunch break.

      December 13, 2013

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