Elk River Hiking Trail

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Trail Distance: 15 miles
Time Estimate: 6 hr 30 min +
Elevation Gain: 866 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: Unknown
Description

The Elk River Hiking Trail is a furrific place to go for a hike with your dog. This 15-mile point-to-point trail welcomes dogs on-leash. As you walk on the trail, you’ll pass by tons of amazing scenery!

The Elk River Hiking Trail has two trailheads: one located near the Elk City Fish and Wildlife Office and one just off of Highway 160. As you walk along the trail, you’ll climb onto a limestone bluff that offers stunning views of Elk City Lake. You’ll also pass numerous small streams where your dog can splash around on hot days. You’ll also hike in a forest filled with red cedar trees and shrubs, and you’ll go through meadows that are filled with wildflowers in the spring.

One of the most unique things about this trail is its narrow canyon passages. As you hike on the trail, you’ll go through a few different canyon passageways. You’ll also pass under rock overhangs and by tons of huge boulders. Be sure to look out for loose rocks on the ground while you’re walking through these sections of the trail.

There's no water available along the trail, and so before you head out for your hike, make sure you have plenty of water with you. You’ll also want to bring doggy bags so you can clean up after your dog during your hike. The portion of the trail that goes along the limestone bluffs has limited shade, so be sure to give your dog plenty of water as you walk through here.

If you and Fido want to lend a helping paw to your community, the trail hosts volunteer maintenance days -- if you'd like to get involved, visit the website or contact the local trail coordinator directly.

The Elk River Hiking Trail is a long, fun trail that’s full of scenic areas. Your dog’s tail will wag with excitement when they see all the pawesome sights along this trail!

Trail Features
Rocky, Forest, Lake
Scenic
Cautions & Considerations

Some portions of the trail have limited shade, so it’s a good idea to bring extra water to keep your dog hydrated. In winter, the trail can get icy in places, especially near the streams, so be sure to watch your step while walking. Also, make sure to watch out for loose rocks while you’re walking under rock overhangs and through canyons.

Address
Elk River Hiking Trail
Elk City, KS 67344
Hours
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Address
Elk River Hiking Trail
Elk City, KS 67344
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours