Route: Big Bull Creek "Loop" (KS)

Submitted by Juddmd on Wed, 09/22/2021 - 09:22pm
Kansas, US
8.05 mi
Vertical Gain
423 m

Big Bull Creek Park celebrated its grand opening in September 2018. It is the largest park in the JCPRD system totaling 2,060 acres and is located between Edgerton and Gardner in southwest Johnson County.

Big Bull Creek trails wind through Big Bull Creek Park near Edgerton, KS. With 5 linked loops that run along the bluffs of Big Bull Creek, this trail offers something for almost any skill level. These trails are growing in popularity among mountain bikers, hikers, and trail runners.  The park encompasses a diverse series of ecosystems including prairie, oak savannah, and riparian forest, as well as the wildlife and terrain that accompany each. For a generally flat, farming region, BBCP full loop provides a uniquely challenging, scenic and technical set of single track.

The Big Bull Creek 8 mile Loop starts at  a Horseshoe Loop gated trail head and continues onto Quarry Loop, Bull Creek Loop, Coyote Run, and Group Camp hiking trail. These are all the hiking and/or mountain biking trails and avoids the equestrian trails. Finish in the same place as the start to close the full “loop” (shown in purple on the marked map).  This route is all single track dirt except the final 100 yrs or so needed to close the loop and return to the starting trailhead. That also makes it approximately 8 miles with approximately 423 feet total ascent. It does not include the paved trails leading from the parking lot to the gated trailhead (see red X on marked map).

Maintained by UTC volunteers in partnership with Johnson County Park and Recreation Department, these are remote trails in one of JCPRD's largest parks at 2,060 acres south west of Kansas City. 

Location: Park entrance is ½ mile north of I-35 and Sunflower Road, Edgerton, KS. From the parking lot, follow park paths to the Horseshoe Loop trailheads.



GPS Track


Editor's note: This route was attempted twice on the same day, apparently independently. John Minkema's attempt was earlier and quicker, so he gets the FKT, but honorable mention goes to Brandon Hurd, who ran the route that evening, mostly in the dark: