Moonlight hike at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve

Tallgrass prairie once covered 170 million acres of North America. Within a generation the vast majority was developed and plowed under. Today less than 4% remains, mostly in the Kansas Flint Hills. The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve protects a nationally significant remnant of the once vast tallgrass prairie and its cultural resources. 

Friday June 13 will be a full moon and the perfect time to enjoy the vast open expanse of the preserve by moonlight. We'll meet at Chase State Fishing Lake in the evening to set up camp in the campground then when the sun sets we'll head over to Tallgrass Prairie Preserve for a night hike.  The trails are open 24 hours but the visitor's center and other buildings will be closed.  Bring your headlamp, we'll plan to hike for about 2 hours and return to camp by midnight.  On Saturday you can sleep in or do some more hiking.  We'll return to Kansas City Saturday afternoon.

The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is about 2 hours southwest of Kansas City.  I'll provide a meeting spot for those interested in carpooling.  A $5.00 Sierra Club donation is requested.

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  • Calvin

    Great !!!

    June 16

  • Renee A.

    We are here... We are camped in the area by the picnic table shelter. Look for Melissa's yellow tent, my light gray tent and my white mini van.

    June 13

  • Melissa L

    Hey Rachelle, look forward to seeing you there!

    1 · June 12

  • Glenn F.

    I would join you but will be in Colorado camping all next week and do not return until June 15. But I have camped at Chase Lake and hiked at night at the Preserve. You will have a great time.

    June 7

  • Michael W.

    Do we need a KS park permit? I would like to do this, but will have to leave work early on Fri. I tried hiking this area with the Adventure Club recently, but got serious shin splints from the uphill gravel path, so I left early. I would like to go out again and suggest skipping the gravel area. Will tentatively RSVP and see about taking the afternoon off.

    June 6

  • Melissa L

    Camping at Chase State Fishing Lake is free but there is no way to make reservations so I think I'll go up either Thursday night or early on Friday and claim a spot. Friday night live music at the Emma Chase Cafe so bring your lawn chair, it starts at 7:30 PM. We'll start the hike probably around 9 p.m. Call my cell phone (913)[masked] when you arrive and I'll tell you where to find us. Also if your plans change and you won't be able to make it please take a minute and change your RSVP. I look forward to seeing you there Thanks

    May 31

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