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Lewis Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (35) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A wonderful jaunt just southwest of St. Louis with rocks, water, trees, and views. A local favorite.


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7.7

Miles

12.5

KM

95%

Runnable

721' 220 m

High

514' 157 m

Low

751' 229 m

Up

784' 239 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This is a great escape if you are living in St. Louis, or a great stop-off if traveling through St. Louis. The route is rolling, with a pretty high level of solitude for being so close to a large city. There are several overlooks of the Missouri River and the eastern forest is always appreciated by me.

The trail can be (and almost always has parts that are) very muddy.

If looking for a shorter option, or a longer by doubling up a loop, you can also choose to run the Clark Trail which reduces this loop down to 5.2 miles by cutting through the middle of this loop.

Need to Know

There is plenty of parking, but it can fill up on the weekends. If the parking area is full, you can park just north of the trailhead at another parking area used for the bike trail and run to the trailhead. Fear not, even with the trailhead full, the trail itself still does not attain the sense of being crowded.

Runner Notes

The trail does alternate between one that is smooth and one that is rocky and full of roots, trying to lull one into a sense of complacency before reaching its tentacles up to gab a foot or two.

Description

For this trail, there is not much to describe. It is simply a pleasant run through the woods.

From the trailhead, start up the dirt road to the left. Signs will guide you, and you'll soon find yourself on nice, padded, gently-rolling, singletrack. After a couple of miles, the trail begins to climb to the top of the bluff overlooking the river. The views are great. I tis definitely worth heading to the rock ledges for a gander.

The trail will roll along the bluff before dropping down to the right and away from the river about 6 miles in. This is a steep, rocky, and often muddy section.

The last couple of miles spend a lot of time rolling and following a couple of creeks. Simply follow the trail, which will result in one last climb up the side of a hill returning you to the trailhead.

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Greta Noack

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Absolutely beautiful snow covered hike
Jan 12, 2020 near Weldon…, MO
Fall leaves looking toward the river.
Nov 12, 2016 near Weldon…, MO
Missouri River overlook
Jul 2, 2015 near Weldon…, MO
Plenty of eastern hardwoods.
Jul 2, 2015 near Weldon…, MO

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Sep 7, 2019
Andrew Brandt
Great trail, good condition! 7.6mi — 1h 30m
Jul 13, 2019
Kirk Augustine
A little bit of overgrowth about half way or so. The flooding that blocked it a few weeks ago is down for now. 12.4mi — 2h 38m
Feb 3, 2019
Josiana Limones
W jnl
Aug 18, 2018
Josh McGinnis
Got out here for a practice run. Mostly dirt singletrack with a few rocky parts. Beautiful lookout views over the Missouri River. 7.7mi
Aug 14, 2018
Melissa Wastell
It’s a little confusing to stay on the right trail, there are a lot of other little trails that branch off 13.7mi