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 (https://dirtygirladventures.net/) 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
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. http://www.kansastrailscouncil.org/join/
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!
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.)
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.
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.
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!!! 😁
Kansas Sierra Club, Kansas City Outdoor Club and KTC are hosting the next regular maintenance outing on October 28. More details can be found at the links below...
Sierra Club: https://sierra.secure.force.com/events/details…...
Facebook (Kansas Sierra Club): https://www.facebook.com/events/151976025406815/?acontext=%7B%22source%22%3A5%2C%22page_id_source%22%3A175167422607%2C%22action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22main_list%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22%7B%5C%22page_id%5C%22%3A175167422607%2C%5C%22tour_id%5C%22%3Anull%7D%22%7D]%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D (I have set this up to ask for Co-Hosting by the Perry Lake Hiking Trail page on Facebook).