Thank you Dave, Steve, Geoff, Alex, Elliot and Derrick for all your help yesterday clearing the park road at Old Military Trail! A bitter cold day, starting at 10 degrees, but it looks much much better thanks to your efforts. Good work!

The volunteer groups that help maintain the 29-mile Perry Lake Hiking Trail are celebrating its 40th year as a National Recreation Trail on March 3rd (all day, starting 8am).

The formal event is organized by DGA. Participants can contact DGA ( to sign up for guided hikes/meals OR do a self-guided hike at no cost. In either case, please drop by our information tables to learn more about Perry Lake Trail, our volunteer team and other area inform...ation.

Some information on hand will include:
* Maps of Perry Lake Hiking Trail, and first-hand information on different parts of the trail, access points, distances, terrain, current conditions
* History of Perry Lake Hiking Trail and some of the visionaries that helped bring it to fruition
* Experts in trail building, trail maintenance and a showcase of some of the tools we use to keep Perry Trail open for hikers
* Preventive tips for pests and poisonous plants (and maybe even some free samples!)
* Learn about geocaching; there are many geocaches on or near the trail. New to geocaching? We'll help you get started with this family activity.
* How to get involved and help support Perry Lake Hiking Trail

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Perry Lake Hiking Trail is maintained by volunteers. Many regular volunteers come to us via Sierra Club, Kansas City Outdoor Club, Dirty Girl Adventures and Kansas Trails Council. We have some maintenance equipment provided by Kansas Trails Council and from a generous donation by Cabelas. Our largest expenses are currently equipment maintenance and fuel. Donations to help cover these expenses are always appreciated and can be sent to Kansas Trails Council's Friends of Trails program.

KTC Membership The KTC’s members are trail enthusiasts with varied interests. Our members are hikers, runners, mountain bikers or equestrians. Many of our members also devote considerable time to designing, building or maintaining trails in Kansas. If you enjoy using … Continue reading →

The current GPS record for Perry Lake Hiking Trail can be found here.

Perry Trail trail - Thompsonville, Kansas (United States) Tracklog

Merry Christmas! Section 4 is DONE! Cleared from end to end...all 7 miles. Mile post 22 also set, so there shouldn't be any mile markers missing anymore.

Some recent pictures of clearing along Section 4, near the Audubon area. The trail has been cleared this Fall from about Mile 22.3 (just south of 82nd Street) to Slough Creek Park. Enjoy a nice winter hike near Audubon, near Ferguson Road, and/or near Slough Creek Park!

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Another beautiful day at Perry. No wind. Calm waters. Another half mile or so cleared on the north end of section 4, near mile post 22. Lots of chainsaw work clearing downed trees.

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More clearing on section 4 yesterday. Cleared in the vicinity of Audubon area (74th street) and north just beyond mile post 23. Also set mile post 23, which has been missing for years.

It's a great winter hike from Slough Creek Park to Audubon, or vice versa. All of this section has been cleared this fall. Please let us know if any trees have fallen on the trail here, or in other areas.

Another beautiful day at Perry on the trail! Section 4 cleared between mile 24 and mile 25. The trail is clear from Audubon to Slough Creek Park. Come out and enjoy! (Weather permitting we'll do some clearing on 12/9, 10am, at Audubon. Any and all are welcome to join.)

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After all these years mile post 25 has been placed! Mile markers 1 thru 18, and 26 thru 29 were installed between 2003 and 2006. This one was missing until now.

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This beast of an oak proves that even a dead tree can have a little fight left in it. The 200 pound section that was removed briefly wedged two chainsaws before finally giving way.

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More clearing work was done yesterday near Mile Marker 25. The trail has recently been cleared from here to where it joins section 1, about four miles total.

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More Trail Clearing Work accomplished yesterday on Section 4, near Mile Marker 25. The trail is clear from Mile Marker 25 all the way to where it joins Section 1 (beginning of trail). Enjoy a nice hike along the Slough Creek arm of the Lake. You'll see lots of waterfowl this time of year in the Slough Creek backwaters.

Maintenance work on section 4 near Mile Marker 25

Just a trail clearing update. Nov 4 and 11 were used to mow, lop, and blaze section 1 between the Slough Creek trailhead (mm 0.0) and about 0.8 (top of switchback), and the white trail to Devil's Gap. The attached photo is near mm 1.2 -- just wanted to include a nice photo of a cove area.

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Perry Lake Hiking Trail added 7 new photos — with Denise Selbee-Koch and David Brackey.

A stellar team of 8 volunteers completed a whole bunch of trail maintenance tasks at Perry this weekend: repaired two small footbridges (including relocating one and a minor reroute), added traction strips to the main bridge ramp, cleared leaves off the bridge, used DR and handheld brushcutters on Section 3 covering more than a half mile, used both DR brushcutters on Section 1 covering over a mile, updated paint blazes, set a few blue marker posts, cleaned up old material, chainsawed 20+ downed trees, and did some lopper work too! WOW!!! Thanks all!!! 😁

Dirty Girl Adventures enjoyed a full two days on the PLT! Get outside! Come check out the PLT!

For every trail we hike on, someone has to build and maintain it, so join us we continue our quarter-century commitment to maintaining and improving the Perry Lake Hiking Trail for over 25 years. Join us as we continue working on improving part of this 30