1000 steps trail

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1000 steps trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near De Soto, MO that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.5 miles 284 feet Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

forest

river

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rocky

1000 step trail loops up a steep forested hill following stone steps placed by the CCC to the top of the ridge then heads across the ridge before returning by descending the bluff and following the bluff's bottom back to the trailhead. This trail was constructed by Company 1743 of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1936. In fact, most of the outstanding rock work in the park is a result of their efforts, including the large stone steps that give 1000 Steps Trail its name. After climbing the stone steps up through the oak/hickory hardwood forest, you will encounter more of the CCCs handiwork: an overlook shelter built into the hillside to resemble a natural outcropping. This stone shelter overlooks the Big River valley and makes a nice resting place after the long climb up the talus slope. Hiking along this trail, you may see wildflowers, native songbirds, frisky squirrels and other small mammals, majestic hardwood trees and abundant dolomite rock outcroppings. This trails also meanders through the 68-acre Washington State Park Hardwood Natural Area, an area of land set aside for protection because of its natural beauty. This trail is moderately difficult. Along this trail, you will encounter several bridges and stonework that may become slippery, rocks and roots sticking up in the trails natural surface, and steep grades traversed by uneven stone steps. You may also notice a number of downed trees along many sections of the trail; these are a result of severe storm damage, and the area will recover as time passes.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice and short, challenging with all the big steps. Steps made for a different hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Great short hike. good workout. all easy after the climb. Nice view 2/3 the way up.

1 year ago

i really enjoyed this trail..the view from the top was real nice. i wanna go back and do the others at WSP. it isnt difficult at all once you get the steps behind you. i was surprised how much i enjoyed this trail

hiking
2 years ago

Combined this trail with part of the Wilderness Trail and the Opossum Trail.. making for a beautiful summer evening hike. I would recommend pants for the 1000 Steps trail as the lower portion of the trail is a bit overgrown. View from the shelter at the top of the steps was the highlight.

hiking
3 years ago

The trail itself is pretty standard with the exception of all the rock steps - which will give you a decent workout. But I HIGHLY recommend hiking this trail in the fall when the leaves on the trees have changed because the view from the overlook is absolutely breathtaking with all the fall colors.

hiking
3 years ago

1000 steps trail is typical Ozark hill country trail. Nice but ordinary.