Archive for Sunday, June 2, 1996


June 2, 1996


Due to a reporter's error the name of an individual in Sunday's edition was misspelled. Carl Ringler initiated the Lake Perry trail dedicated Saturday by the Kansas Trails Council.

New trail takes hikers and bikers off the beaten path.

It rained all morning, but the bugs and slugs didn't seem to mind.

They, along with 25 hikers and mountain bikers, were on hand for the dedication of the newest Kansas Trails Council trail at Lake Perry Saturday afternoon.

"It's a really beautiful area," trail builder Carl Ringer said. Ringer initiated the building of the new trail, and along with area volunteers, spent two months building the 7-mile path south of 62nd Street on the west side of Lake Perry.

Saturday's dedication was part of National Trails Day, when bikers and hikers across the United States participate in outdoor events.

"We want to invite people out to hike the trail," Ringer said. "We've postponed the biking because of the rain. We hope to have a ride within the next couple of weeks."

Mountain biking was a large part of the need for a new trail, Ringer said.

"We opened the trail system at Clinton to mountain bikes back in '89," he said. "Mountain biking has become increasingly popular since then, and the trail system is getting a lot of use. We wanted to give mountain bikers more places to ride."

Saturday's participants were eager to check out the trail, which offers scenic views of Lake Perry. Among the hikers was Lawrence resident Kathy Porsch who received the Volunteer of the Year award.

Porsch, who has been a trailwatcher at Clinton Lake for two years, has corrected erosion problems and clipped back undergrowth from a 3-mile section of trail.

"I'm a farm girl, and I have a desk job," Porsch said. "I don't get a lot of good, hard work in. This involves doing something I really believe in and getting out and getting sweaty and looking back at what I've accomplished."

Topeka resident Tom Travis has been assigned the duty of trailwatcher for the new Lake Perry trail.

"It's close to our house and close to the lake," he said. "I'll be using it a lot because I race bikes, and this way we can get in more than one activity at a time."

Travis brought his three children with him for Saturday's activities.

"All of them like to ride bikes, and the boys like to fish, so we can do that, too," he said.

For more information about the trail, contact Kansas Wildlife and Parks' Perry State Park Office at (913) 246-3449.

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