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Wildlife Walk - Eddy-Ballentine and Blue River Glades trails

A wildlife walk on the Eddy-Ballentine and Blue River Glades trails in central Kansas City MO near Swope Park. About 2 miles, casual pace. Oak-Hickory forest and glades, with large outcroppings of Bethany Falls limestone. RSVP here (preferably) or by e-mailing me at [masked].

Outings like this are one way our local Sierra Club group raises money to fund operations. A donation of $2 would be gratefully accepted.

Parking is limited. The location shown on the map above is the south trail head where the hike will begin. There is enough space to park 5 or 6 cars there on the east shoulder of the road. About 100 feet north and on the west side of the road is a larger parking area next to the utility substation. A couple hundred feet further north and on the east shoulder is room for another 3 or 4 cars.

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/ .

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  • BILL S.

    The Blue River Glades are probably the only natural preserved glades in the Kansas City area. The Blue River and tributaries were water filled
    with winter snow melt. The sound of rushing water was peaceful and
    therapeutic.

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • Michael R

    On top of everything else, a car-sized boulder was blocking Blue River Parkway at 87th St. Detour! The trails were kinda muddy so Bill and I mostly wandered in the woods and on the old roads. Went out to the 87th St scenic overlook and around the radio tower. I wasn't able to find the haunted basketball court this time.

    March 10, 2013

  • Anne

    I'm going to be a fair-weather hiker today and bail on this.

    March 10, 2013

  • Deborah

    11:15A and rain stopped for now - temp 42....

    March 10, 2013

  • Deborah

    Lots of broken trees from the heavy snows....

    March 10, 2013

  • Deborah

    Mike, to answer your question about parking next to the trail. There are some gravel pull offs and the snow is gone. Depending on show rate, there are reasonable places to park at the trailhead. I am heading home. Thanks...

    March 10, 2013

  • Deborah

    Hiking another Swope Trail earlier this morning. Probably will not make this hike if the mud is too major....

    March 10, 2013

    • Michael R

      Those bike trails are considered closed so you really shouldn't be out there anyway. I know it wasn't your idea.

      March 10, 2013

    • Deborah

      We hiked alternate paved trails for about 2-3 miles. Not raining so hard now but muddy and makes you think about indoor chores that need doing....

      March 10, 2013

  • Sandy P.

    Sorry, Michael, but the weather is just too lousy to venture on the trail (for me).

    March 10, 2013

  • Theresa

    I'm thinking it will be a bit soggy from the rain.

    March 9, 2013

  • Bob B.

    This might be just muddy to hike. I am going to pass.

    March 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nope - still recovering from illness.

    March 8, 2013

  • Michael R

    Is there anyone that lives/works near this location that can tell us if the shoulders of Blue River Parkway (where we are to park) are clear? I'm cautiously optimistic we'll have enough melting by Sunday PM but then muddy trails might be a factor.

    March 7, 2013

  • Sandy P.

    Michael -- I'm not cancelling yet but support rescheduling. The hike will be slippery at best with unseen challenges beneath the snow.

    February 22, 2013

  • Margaret

    I would really love to attend, but I'm not sure if I can get to and park aroud this location with this much snow. I'll stay tuned for update.

    February 21, 2013

  • Julie M. C.

    Ooops. Double-booked myself. Sorry i cannot attend.

    January 7, 2013

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