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Day Hike the Konza Prairie Trail near Manhattan, KS

  • Apr 26, 2014 · 9:00 AM

Enjoy the spring weather with a hike near the Konza Prairie Biological Station south of Manhattan, KS. Following the 6.0 mile Godwin Hill Loop, we’ll hike over ancient limestone ledges and native tallgrass prairie, enjoy views of the Flint Hills and the Kansas River Valley, and stop to explore the Hokanson Homestead. Length of time to complete the loop is estimated to be 4.0 to 4.5 hours. 

See more info on the trails here.  

For those traveling from Kansas City, Lawrence, and points east, we will meet at the I-70 commuter lot adjacent to the westbound Lecompton Exit #197. If you’re traveling K10, you can reach this via the Southwest Trafficway. 

Commuter Lot Coordinates:                                                   

38°59'52.5"N 95°20'37.1"W                                                                         

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We will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the commuter lot, arrange car pools and leave by 9:30 a.m. to drive to the trailhead. The Sierra Club insurance policy does not cover vehicles, drivers, or passengers. Carpooling, ride sharing or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among the participants. Participants assume the risks associated with this travel.  

We plan to arrive at the trailhead around 10:45 a.m.and get on trail as quickly as possible. 

Trailhead Parking Lot: Konza Prairie Lane, KS 66502. Take I-70 Exit #307, go north on McDowell Creek Road to Konza Prairie Lane.

Preparation: Please come prepared to experience the prairie environment.  There is no water available on the trails, little shade and often a lot of wind.  Check the biological station weather forecast the day of the hike and dress appropriately.  Closed-toed walking shoes or hiking boots and plenty of water are a must.  Other important outdoor protection includes: insect repellent (ticks, mosquitos), a hat, and sunscreen.

A modest $3 donation is appreciated. Your donation helps fund our outings programs, training, and the lending library. 

All group members on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the liability waiver in advance, please go to: http://www. If a minor is going on the trip, the minor’s parent or guardian must sign on the minor’s behalf.

Tim Cross, (785)[masked] [masked] 

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  • Julia H.

    Great hike. Loved the variety. Beautiful scenery and wide open skies. Fun company, good pace... Perfect weather - the wind kept things cool. Thanks again, Tim! Great choice!

    April 28, 2014

  • Julia H.

    Cindy, I live on Liberty, too. We're leaving here in about 30 minutes. Let me know is you want to ride with us.

    April 26, 2014

  • Tim C.

    Good news! The Konza Priairie Trial hike is a GO. Today's forecast for the Manhattan area looks fine. High of 85. Very windy. 10-20 mph with gusts up to 30. One source said possible gusts up to 40. The nasty weather is still predicted for late tonight and tomorrow.

    April 26, 2014

  • Tim C.

    I'll also post a comment here at 6:30 am.

    April 25, 2014

  • Tim C.

    Does everyone know how to find the commuter lot at the I-70 Lecompton exit?

    April 25, 2014

  • Tim C.

    Hello all. As you may have seen, there is some bad weather forecast for this weekend. Right now, the four weather sources I use all say that the weather around Manhattan will be fine for the time we'll be hiking. Very breezy and pretty warm. The bad stuff isn't supposed to roll in until Saturday night around 1:00 am or so. Sunday is forecast to be ugly. So right now I'm planning on a wonderful day of hiking and I'm looking forward to it. Hope you all can still make it. Preparation:
    Bring plenty of water. 2 liters should be adequate.
    Take precaution for ticks.
    Wear sunscreen. Here's the plan for tomorrow. I will be up early in the morning checking the weather. If things have changed for the worst I'll cancel. If not, it's a go. Either way I'll text everybody. I have cell phone numbers for John and Raj. Cindy and Julia -- can you send me yours? My number is 785.330.3655. Email: [masked]. I will make a decision by 6:30 am. Does everyone know how to find the commuter lot at the I-70 Lecom

    April 25, 2014

  • Derrick J. M.

    I would come, but I'm participating in the Warrior Dash that day.

    April 21, 2014

  • John F.

    I'm planning to camp out at nearby Tuttle Lake State Park. I also have a 2 person inflatable kayak to bring along.
    They have a lot of cool things to do/see there.
    If anyone is interested, please contact me:
    John Fasbinder
    cell: (913)[masked]

    April 20, 2014

  • Tim C.

    Sure. That sounds reasonable. Right now the forecast is calling for middle to upper 60s so it shouldn't be too hot to hike in the afternoon. Let's go for a 9:00 a.m. meetup at the commuter lot.

    April 18, 2014

  • deborah

    Can you make it later?

    April 18, 2014

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