Located a drive away from Kansas City, the network of trails in De Soto, Kansas is an oasis for mountain biking enthusiasts. This comprehensive review delves into the Connector, Hank, and Eddy trails, covering their levels, peculiarities, and scenic offerings. Whether you're a beginner eyeing your first trail or an expert looking for a new challenge, these trails have something for everyone.
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Start your journey at the Shelter 1 parking lot and head north on the paved path. The Connector Trail is your gateway to the more specialized Hank and Eddy trails. The path is mostly flowing, and some moderately technical areas feature rocky terrains alongside a drop-off. While not particularly grueling, the Connector serves as a delightful warm-up, especially for intermediate riders and ambitious beginners.
For a beginner-friendly experience, Hank is your best bet. A straightforward continuation from the Connector, Hank offers a loop around a three-way intersection, featuring rocky sections that may pose a moderate challenge for beginners. Hank stands out for its enjoyable, non-technical loop, allowing riders to maintain a flow while savoring a few minor obstacles.
Eddy is where things get intense. Accessible via a hard left from the intersection of the Connector and Hank, followed by a 0.2-mile ride on the paved path, Eddy is the go-to trail for those seeking technical climbing. Just across the creek, you’ll find two log obstacles and the notorious "Killer Creek" if you take the right loop. With rock gardens and tricky terrains, Eddy truly lives up to its "ride within your abilities" caution.
Whether you're looking to practice your technical riding or simply enjoy a quick loop after work, the Connector, Hank, and Eddy trails offer a well-rounded mountain biking experience. And even if they're a bit of a trek from the city, the trails' secluded nature and diversity make them a valuable addition to any rider's rotation.