Location: James A. Reed Memorial Widlife Area; closest town is Lee’s Summit, MO
Trail: Multi-Use Trail
Pain: Minor discomfort (mostly from shoveling snow 2 weeks ago)
Other Trailgoers: A dozen people fishing; 1 other trailgoer; 3 dozen cars buzzing past us
Would I Go Again: Only when I’m desperate to go on a hike but short on time
So it was reasonably warm when we went to James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area (40s to 50s), overcast all day. We had 2 feet of snow in the prior 2 weeks, so there was a lot of standing water everywhere as well as lots of mud due to the snow melting. This made for an interesting hike; parts walking through a foot of water, parts traversing through hard, crusted snow, and then other areas with nothing but sloppy mud.
This area seems to be mostly geared toward fishing. The multi-use trail is for horses, bikes, and hikers…probably more of the first two. We basically hiked from the southwestern corner around the perimeter, that way hoping to avoid most of the folks fishing. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t scenic either. It was pretty much like hiking through someone’s field. There were quite a few geese and ducks both. Other than that, its okay to hike on. The actually designated hiking only trail was nothing to talk about.
All in all, James A. Reed was okay for hiking. I would only go again if I was desperate to go on a long hike and didn’t have the ability to travel away from home to do it (this is only about 25 minutes from my house).
The multi-use trail is listed at 15 miles and if you back track some, you could easily make that longer or shorter depending on your needs.
Title: James A Reed
Track lenght: 14.68Km.
Altitude range: 37m. (Min height: 289m. Max height: 326m.)
Total climb: 196m. Total descent: 188 m.