Larry Mattonen Memorial Trail is one of several trails around Lake Jacomo between Lee’s Summit and the Blue Springs area of Kansas City, Missouri. It is located just off Colbern Road, a short 30-minute drive from Kansas City, Kansas. The park is open from 8 AM to 8 PM, seven days a week. It is a great hiking and biking destination, and dogs are allowed as long as they are leashed.
If you plan to visit during the month of April when the Redbuds and spring flowers are in bloom, you are in for a treat.
Eastern Redbud trees create a dense forest in this area, and when in bloom, their showy display of dark pink to purple blossoms is one of the season’s most dramatic displays. From a distance, the blooming redbuds look like purple clouds. When not in bloom, the trees’ trunks and branches are also attractive, with their irregular patterns.
Larry Mattonen trail is an easy, mostly gravel trail with only a little elevation gain that divides into two loops forming a figure 8.
This hike is a peaceful, mostly forested walk with many pastoral scenes and is generally flat with only a few small elevation changes.
If you have any hiking questions, please contact me.
Community Services Librarian
Kansas City, Kansas Public Library
625 Minnesota Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66101
913-295-8250 ext 1103