A few months ago, I attended Governor Nixon's kickoff for the 100 Missouri Miles campaign. I walked a mile in Loose Park with the Governor, and committed to knocking out 100 miles on Missouri Trails this year.
Unfortunately, a new job, and hot summer weather, has kept me for checking off the miles. So yesterday, we headed out to Wallace State Park near Cameron to get some of our miles in.
Wallace State Park isn't one of the state's largest state parks, but it's less than an hour from downtown KC and has several nice hiking trails.
At the heart of the park is Lake Allaman and most of the trails take out near there.
Probably the prettiest hike of the whole group is a short-ish trail that loops around the lake and gives a really nice view of the lake from all angles.
We hiked several trails. We started with the 1.75 mile Deer Run Trail (which can be shortcutted into a 1 mile trail) and the 1.25 mile Deer Creek Trail (which must be done in conjusction with the Deer Run Trail). The Deer Creek trail hikes by a couple of small ponds and then goes down the hill and follows Deer Creek (which was dry, as would be expected in September).
We also hiked the 1.25 mile Old Quarry Trail. The Old Quarry Trail starts off along a boardwalk and then heads up into a creek bed, goes through an open field, and then loops back down to the start.
We also hiked the trail that runs around Lake Allaman a couple of times using it as a scenic connector trail so I figure we got to 5 miles of hiking. We're 7 miles into our 100 Missouri Miles -- so we have a lot of work left to do.