The following are more detailed descriptions of the state of the Flint Hills Trail, east to west. The “MP” numbers refer to the original Missouri Pacific mile markers. See also: General Trail Description
Information current as of November 2, 2016.
Osawatomie (MP336) to Ottawa (MP353)
From Osawatomie to Ottawa the trail is in good shape with recent mowing and vegetation control. Between Imes and Nevada Terr. there may be some minor encroachment by trees and brush along the edges of the trail, but not enough to hinder trail users.
The trail is closed for construction between Nevada Terr. And 7th St. at the east edge of Ottawa. For east bound trail users to detour around this section, go to 7th Street and Lincoln near the east edge of Ottawa and proceed south on Lincoln for 1 mile to 15th St. Go east on 15th St. (15th St. changes to Marshall Rd. after you leave town) for 3 miles to Nevada Terr. Go north on Nevada Terr. for ½ mile back to the trail. This detour has very little traffic and is paved except for ½ mile of gravel on Nevada Terr.
Ottawa (MP353) to 68 Hwy. near Lomax Junction (MP369)
The trail is in excellent condition in this section with the exception of a couple of detours. Please refer to the trail general description for instructions for the detours.
68 Hwy near Lomax Junctions (MP369) to Osage City (MP387)
The trail is in good shape with the edges mowed recently from Lomax to S. Adams Rd. There may be a few places where trees are beginning to encroach upon the edges of the trail but not enough to hinder trail use.
There is a goat head thorn problem in the ½ mile from S. Adams Rd. to 75 Hwy. We have made significant progress in ridding the trail of goatheads and believe the trail here can now be traveled without any problems. The condition of the trail here will still need to be closely monitored. If anyone has had any recent experiences (good or bad) on the trail here please help us out by letting us know.
The trail from 75 Hwy. to Osage City was mowed recently but there are many areas where trees are encroaching upon the edge of the trail but it is easily passable.
Osage City (MP387) to Admire (MP402)
There is a washout beginning to form about ½ mile west of Osage City so be on the lookout in this area.
There is a report of a hole in the surface of the bridge 1 mile west of Osage City. Please use caution when crossing any of the unimproved bridges.
The trail has recently been mowed from Osage City to Admire but there are many areas where trees are beginning to encroach upon the edges of the trail but it is easily passable.
Admire (MP402) to Council Grove (MP425)
The trail is passable but has not been recently mowed and there are many areas where vegetation and trees are encroaching upon the trail.
Council Grove (MP425) to Herington (MP451)
No changes. Refer to general description.