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Swope Park

Location:
Swope Park, Camp Lake of the Woods. Parking is available at multiple locations along Oldham Road.

Adrenaline_Images_Swope_Park_2008Description:
Wudchuk Run - Very difficult trail, many rock outcroppings and creek crossings. You will be riding along a rock face with many areas of large boulders and tight squeezes. Also a good amount of climbing involved with many switchbacks. Flows very nicely. Approximately 1.5 miles.
8-pin alley - Intermediate trail above the rock face with very technical section towards the end of the loop. Also contains many switchbacks, tighter areas between trees, has many rock outcroppings and a few creek crossings. Very fast and very flowy. Approximately 1.8 miles.
Phase Three— The plan is for beginner friendly trail with lots of flow, minimal turns, and lots of smiles. Once finished, there will be a beginner loop approximately 2 miles long with a .75 mile alternate technical line along the rock face similar to the existing Wudchuk Run. (from swopetrails.com)
Phase Three offshoot-- A .75 mile alternate technical line along the rock face similar to the existing Wudchuk Run. (from swopetrails.com)
 
Highlights:
+/- 16 miles of planned singletrack in Swope Park, hopefully within a 10 year period. Also to be northern end of the Blue-Swope Connector Trail System. Situated on old rock quarry grounds. Very sustainable and fast drying trails.

Blog:
To read about the latest activities visit www.swopetrails.com

Trail Map:
View the latest trail map >>> here!

Contacts:
ERTA Volunteer Trail Manager, Scott Capstack
ERTA Volunteer Trail Manager, Craig Stoeltzing
Email the Swope volunteer leaders

Land Manager:
Kansas City Missouri Parks Department
 

IMBA Rules of the Trail


The way we ride today shapes

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trail access tomorrow.

Do your part to preserve and enhance our sport's access and image by observing the following rules of the trail, formulated by IMBA, the International Mountain Bicycling Association. These rules are recognized around the world as the standard code of conduct for mountain bikers. IMBA's mission is to promote mountain bicycling that is environmentally sound and socially responsible.

1. Ride On Open Trails Only.

Respect trail and road closures (ask if uncertain); avoid trespassing on private land; obtain permits or other authorization as may be required. Federal and state Wilderness areas are closed to cycling. The way you ride will influence trail management decisions and policies.

2. Leave No Trace.

Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Recognize different types of soils and trail construction; practice low-impact cycling. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage. When the trailbed is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.

3. Control Your Bicycle!

Inattention for even a second can cause problems. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations.

4. Always Yield Trail.

Let your fellow trail users know you're coming. A friendly greeting or bell is considerate and works well; don't startle others. Show your respect when passing by slowing to a walking pace or even stopping. Anticipate other trail users around corners or in blind spots. Yielding means slow down, establish communication, be prepared to stop if necessary and pass safely.

5. Never Scare Animals.

All animals are startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement, or a loud noise. This can be dangerous for you, others, and the animals. Give animals extra room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife is a serious offense. Leave gates as you found them, or as marked.

6. Plan Ahead.

Know your equipment, your ability, and the area in which you are riding -- and prepare accordingly. Be self-sufficient at all times, keep your equipment in good repair, and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. A well-executed trip is a satisfaction to you and not a burden to others. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.

 
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