White Bison Trail
ElevationAscent: 364' 111 m
Descent: -363' -111 m
High: 674' 205 m
Low: 504' 154 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)
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“A wooded and winding loop trail at Lone Elk County Park.”— St. Louis County Parks
As your run through the woods surrounding the White Bison Trail take the time to notice the variety of plants and vegetation growing on the different slopes. Each one of the slopes is a different micro habitat depending on the direction that it faces. The north slope has the deepest soil and more available moisture. The south slope receives the suns hot summer rays and is more rocky and dry with a thin soil covering. The east slope only receives the cool morning sun while the west slope feels the heat of the summer day. Because of these varied environmental conditions, it is not uncommon to spot a plant, tree or shrub that is only found specifically on that particular slope.
Also keep an eye open for elk, deer, and other animals. While running, if you come across an elk, be sure to give them a wide berth even if this means taking a small detour off the trail. Never approach an elk as they can be extremely aggressive. Runners should be very cautious during the autumn breeding season and in the spring when the elk give birth.
Because of the large number of big animals in the park there are a lot of ticks and chiggers. The wise runner will diligently use their favorite insect repellant.
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Land Manager: St Louis County, MO - Parks and Recreation