See the prairie with us on an easy early summer morning hike of 1 to 2 hours (before the heat arrives) to explore Jerry Smith Farm Park and Saeger Woods Conservation Area. Rain date 7/27. Meet us at the trailhead at 8:00 am 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 10:00 am. More details about the park can be found at http://www.kcmo.org/CKCMO/Depts/ParksandRecreation/JerrySmithPark/index.htm.
As hikes like this are one way our local Sierra Club group raises money to fund our outing program, a donation of $3 would be gratefully accepted. Since this is a short morning 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 or hiking conditions may. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather, and bring sunblock and tick protection.
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: http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/ .
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.