October 19th and 20th – ALL the WAY!
We will hike at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve and camp overnight on Saturday evening at Chase County State Fishing Lake for an evening around the fire and under the stars. We love the Prairie, the Flint Hills and sharing nature with all of you! Plan to join us now!
“Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, established November 12, 1996, is the only unit of the National Park System dedicated to the rich natural and cultural history of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem. This 10,894 acre portion of the once vast tallgrass prairie is being preserved as a critical resource for the benefit, education, and enjoyment of this and future generations. It is a unique private/public partnership between the National Park Serviceand The Nature Conservancy.” quote from https://www.nps.gov/tapr/index.htm
The Tallgrass Prairie boasts 40 miles of hiking trails, a free range bison herd, historic buildings and great scenery. We are planning to hike approximately 12 miles each day for a total of 24ish miles by the end of the weekend. Each hiker will carry their own water, snacks and lunch for both days on the trail. Hikers can choose to hike both days and camp overnight or to join us on either Saturday or Sunday. If you don’t want to camp, there may be lodging in the area.
The preserve is located in northern Chase County, Kansas 2 miles north of intersection U.S. Hwy 50 and Flint Hills National Scenic Byway 177 (K-177) west of Strong City.
Early Bird Pricing Good through September 22nd
Sign up here NOW
Both Days with guide: includes, event soft long sleeve t-shirt, trail support, docent (history/nature) information, supported camping, dinner and breakfast provided.
Club member price: $120
Non-member price: $140
Saturday or Sunday only with guide: includes, event short sleeve t-shirt, trail support, docent information.
Club member price: $60
Non-member price: $70
We will meet at the Tallgrass National Preserve Saturday at 10am to start the weekend together. Those who are registered will receive a detailed email with gear list, directions and suggestions for clothing.
No Sign Ups AFTER October 12th – NO REFUNDS AFTER October 12th!
This event involves extensive planning for meals, support and guiding.
Included in your cost:
Camp: There is water available at camp and primitive bathrooms. We will provide instant hot water for washing hands and faces. We will cut and haul all of the fire wood needed and wrangle the fire as needed.
Food: We will provide a campfire dinner (vegetarian options available) and breakfast of coffee, tea, fresh fruit and oatmeal with add in protein/fruit/honey.
Trail and camp support: We will provide a suggested gear list prior to the event. We will provide a lead hiker, a middle hiker and a sweep hiker on trail. We will all have first aid kits and equipment to aid in your comfort if injured. We will always know where we are (mostly) and will be able to access outside support if needed. Portions of this trail are not accessible by car.
Please KNOW YOUR LIMITS! This is an arduous hike. If you aren’t ready for the entire 24ish miles, then sign up for Half Way 12ish miles. We want you to feel good, strong and accomplished at the end of this adventure NOT broken and dejected!