Today we took a quick hike at James A. Reed Wildlife Area outside of Lee’s Summit, Missouri. This was our second trip to the area. The temperature was in the teens with wind chills hovering the zero-degree mark, but that didn’t stop us from hiking a chilly 5.5 miles.
Today was the maiden hike for the newest hiker in our family – Tilly; our Miniature Schnauzer. She seemed to enjoy it and dad did allow her to “hike” a little bit but most of the time she was carried by him. She seems to be fascinated with birds.
As far as the area goes, James A. Reed seems very rugged considering you are surrounded by the city on all sides. It’s easy to hear cars in the distance and see the signs of the city, i.e. water towers, in the distance. But if you want to get outside and not have to drive far from Kansas City, it is highly impressive how rugged this place can seem. The southern portion of the area is predominantly corn fields, ponds, and pasture; however, the central and northern sections are going to be the more populated portion — especially during seasonal fishing, hunting, etc.
There is a hiker’s only trail, which is an easy hike — portions of it are gravel and some portions are dirt. There is a small stream that runs to the edge of it. Depending on which part you are at, some portions can be a little trashy and other’s more picturesque.
To get more distance to your hike, you can easily walk the numerous game paths and roads used for accessing the fields. The first time we went here, we hiked 9 miles and this time was an easy 5.5. We barely even covered a portion of the area this time.
James A. Reed is a great place to pseudo-escape the city without putting in too much effort. Definitely worth the trip. Happy Trails!
Title: James A. Reed 2.15.2015
Track lenght: 8.94Km.
Altitude range: 45m. (Min height: 276m. Max height: 321m.)
Total climb: 152m. Total descent: 155 m.
Page link: http://tammyonthetrail.com
Description: Cold hike to James A. Reed outside of Lee's Summit, Missouri.