ElevationAscent: 751' 229 m
Descent: -784' -239 m
High: 721' 220 m
Low: 514' 157 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“A wonderful jaunt just southwest of St. Louis with rocks, water, trees, and views. A local favorite.”— Greta Noack
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.
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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Land Manager: Missouri Department of Conservation