It’s hiking season! Come outside with us!

What crazy weather we’re having! Happily, it’s perfect for hiking! We have two different events coming up SOON! Our annual Eagle Hike is scheduled for February 10th and February 11th. We will “basecamp” out of Bobcat’s Bar and Grill near Ozawkie and take the bus to our hike location. The total distance will be 3-4ish miles, we will get you into location where we often see American Bald Eagles – no guarantees but the chances are high! Each of these hikes has a check in time of 12:30.

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We have made some awesome memories on previous Eagle Hikes and we know that this year will bring more adventure! Sign up now in the Dirty Shop! 

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We are also hosting a special event on March 3rd to Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Perry Lake Trail. SUPER EXCITED!! Sign up now for our Celebration Hikes!

Join us as we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Perry Lake Trail.
View from the trail between Longview and OMT
The KTC – Kansas Trails Council originally developed this 29 mile trail. This trail has been created and maintained by VOLUNTEERS for 40 years! March 2018 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Perry Lake Trail’s recognition as a National Recreation Trail.
Everyone is WELCOME to come out, join in and enjoy the trail and celebrate this milestone! The Perry Lake Trail is a wonderful backcountry trail that showcases a variety of Northeast Kansas terrain as well as offering gorgeous views of Lake Perry. Wildlife is often seen along the trail with sightings of American Bald Eagles topping the list of interesting animals. The trail includes open pasture, timber and steep inclines/declines.

    Dirty Girls on the PLT in March 2017

A portion of all fees collected will be donated to the Kansas Trails Council Friends of the Perry Lake Trail fund.

KTC Trail Volunteers repair a bridge on the trail

The CELEBRATION will offer 2 guided hikes. You can choose either an 8 mile or 4 mile. We will serve a hearty campfire meal with s’mores for dessert. Kansas Trails Council volunteers will be on hand to showcase the tools of trail maintenance and to talk about the history of the trail. In addition, other Outdoor Enthusiasts will be available to share information about accessing nature.

Dirty Girls during the annual “Dirty Girls Go All the Way” hike – completing all 29 miles.

We welcome ANYONE who would like to join us for this celebration. If you don’t want to hike with the group, come out to socialize, learn and to explore the trail.This event will occur at the Perry Lake Trail accessed at the OMT – Old Military Trailhead off of Ferguson Road.

DETAILS OF THE DAY… Location: OMT – Old Military Trailhead – This is located on the west side of Ferguson Road south of Highway 92   GOOGLE MAP LOCATION

 8 Mile Hike Check in time: 8am

4 Mile Hike Check in time: 9:30am

You MUST pre-register to ensure a space on the bus and a meal for your belly! 😀

Cost varies: $40 regular with meal, $32 Club with meal, $30 regular no meal, $24 Club no meal, Meal only option $10. Just want to hang out and visit? Free, come on out!

Bring: A friend, your own hiking gear, snacks, water and beverages as well as a LAWN CHAIR for sitting around the fire!

A rest stop on the trail during the “Dirty Girls Go All the Way” hike, October 2017

What are you paying for? A knowledgeable and informed guide service that includes a leading guide and a sweep guide during the hike. Trail support including: first aid, knowledge of the environment and locale, safety monitoring, pacing, interpretive information on the environment and location. Food, fire and/or comfort at the end of the hike! Meal: Due to the size and scope of this event there are no alternate meal choices, we will serve Beef Stew with cornbread and s’mores. The beef stew will be gluten free. 
In case you are wondering about our refund policy – refunds are given up to one week before the date of the event no questions asked. After that, refunds are not given unless there are exceptional circumstances. Dirty Girl Adventures may cancel an event due to weather or conditions. Everyone will receive a refund if that is the reason for the cancellation. We will paddle and hike in cool, rainy or snowy conditions. Cancellation only occurs in severe weather or other dangerous conditions.

Hiking in Cold Weather? What to wear?

Baby, it’s cold outside! This is awesome! No bugs! No spider webs! The poison ivy and brush is dead! Winter is also a great time to spot wildlife. Without the leaves on the trees, it’s easier to see wildlife. Eagles nest in the winter and are very active in Northeast Kansas.

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Three Dirty Girls during a March Hike

We recommend dressing in layers for winter hiking. Start with a base layer of long johns or winter running tights with a long john shirt or winter compression shirt. Wear fleece, wool or synthetic poly blend fabrics. Wearing this layer of poly-blend fabrics close to your skin will keep you warm and wick any moisture away from your body.  Cotton holds moisture and takes longer to dry it is NOT recommended.

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Our favorite Eagle Hike EVER! A random blizzard made the adventure special!

Thick, cushioned socks: wool, polypropylene, or synthetic. You could consider a thin “liner” sock combined with medium to thick outer sock.

Follow your base layer with more layers, preferably more fleece!  Finish with a wind/water resistant jacket on top and some wind resistant pants on the bottom – any pants will work but wind and water resistant are handy. Again, non-cotton fabrics –  fleece, wool or synthetic poly-blend fabrics are best. They dry faster and move moisture away from your body.

We also suggest using hiking poles. Winter weather can create slippery spots and surprising places. If you know you will be hiking on an uneven trail, take your hiking poles to help you maintain balance on difficult sections.

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Open spaces are colder and standing still for too long is a mistake!

Synthetic gloves or mittens – mittens are preferred for warmth. Wear a warm hat: fleece, wool or synthetic or possibly a head band that covers your ears. It’s also great to have something to cover your face, even a bandana helps.

It’s also handy to bring your backpack to put the layers into as you warm up along the trail! Depending on the distance you plan to hike, be sure to take water, snacks, a fully charged phone for emergencies and a friend!

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Love these two women. LAYERS!