Dirty Girls Go ALL the WAY … Hiking on the Perry Lake Trail

Are you ready for some longer hikes? Are you thinking about joining us for our 4th Annual Dirty Girls Go All the Way? Sign up ASAP if that’s the case!

We love the Perry Lake Trail and would love to have more people access this great resource. Thanks to the Kansas Trails Council VOLUNTEERS for creating and maintaining it!

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A February Trail work day with Kansas Trails Council volunteers!

If you can’t join us for Dirty Girls Go All the Way but would be interested in hiking the PLT, you can use this list to find gear suggestions for day hikes or longer hikes.  DGA will host several hikes of various distances on the PLT throughout the 2018 Adventure Season – gather your gear and watch for event details  when the 2018 Schedule is released in December.

When you hike the PLT, you can expect to see some gorgeous views, some wildlife and to traverse a variety of terrains. The PLT includes rough, rocky trail with steep inclines and declines often through timbered land. In addition, you will find yourself hiking through pastured sections along the edge of the lake shore. You can find a map of the PLT here, please note that while they have the PLT rated as EASY – we don’t know why that is…. while there is significant variation in the trail, many sections are extremely DIFFICULT and the majority of the trail is HARD. Be prepared! Take some time to explore the possibilities at www.GetOutdoorsKansas.org, take some time to explore this site for additional Kansas Adventures!

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March on the PLT with Dirty Girl Adventures – such a beautiful hike!

When you hike with DGA, we provide some amenities … a guide with knowledge of the trail, a trail sweep to bring up the rear – NO DIRTY GIRL LEFT BEHIND! We also carry first aid kits, we often provide water refills and a bus ride so you can hike one way instead of out and back. DGA also likes to end a hike with some time around the campfire with friends.

If you aren’t hiking with DGA  you’ll need to plan an out and back hike or arrange a car drop for one way hikes.

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This is from last FEBRUARY during the DGA Eagle Hike. Gorgeous day!

This is a list of suggested items to bring to the Annual Dirty Girls Go All the Way hike on October 21st and 22nd – you can sign up HERE! Remember, that while this particular event includes one night of primitive camping on the trail, we don’t carry our camping gear with us. We set up our basecamp and the Dirty Bus will transport us to the trailhead so that we can hike back with just our day packs. The Dirty Minions will bring us our lunch at the mid point. If you want to join us but don’t want to “go all the way” sign up for either Saturday or Sunday and go “half way” with us!

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The Dirty Bus makes a one way hike on the PLT a little easier!

Things to bring for camp:
For All the Way, there is a Vault toilet available and DGA will bring the insta-hot water maker for hand and face washing.
  • Folding lawn chair
  • Tent
  • Sleeping gear
  • Personal care items
  • Comfy camp clothes
  • Don’t forget any daily medications you might need
  • DGA provides the fire, the food and the coffee when we host an event so when you’re not with us you’ll need all of the stuff to take care of camp! 😉
Things to take on your hike: 
  • Hydration backpack with a capacity of  at least 2 Liters of water or more (bring it full to start your hike)
  • Snacks for the trail – be sure to include both protein and sugar or carbs – we like trail mixes, tortillas rolled with nut butters, apples, dried fruits and chocolate
  • Bring any medication that you might need on trail – epi-pen, insulin, etc.
  • Personal comfort items for along the trail  (things we take… lip balm, wipes for your hands, face or bum, eye drops if you have dry eyes or allergies of any type, if you are prone to blisters bring moleskin)
  • A fully charged smart phone with GPS capacity – in airplane mode or off to reserve battery
  • A copy of the trail map
  • Hiking poles – many prefer to hike with hiking poles to provide support for balance
  • If you aren’t with DGA, or even if you are, you should consider basic first aid supplies.

 

What to wear on the PLT: 
  • Long pants – this is a backwoods trail, there are stickers, stick tights and brush that you WILL contact
  • Wool blend socks
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Layers – we suggest tri-blend fabrics that dry quickly
  • Fleece jacket or rain gear depending on the forecast
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