West Ridge Trail: Weston Bend State Park is a 1.2 mile out and back trail located near Weston, MO that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.
This trail connects to Harpst Trail and the Paved Bicycle Trail and is normally accessed from the Overlook parking area by means of the Harpst Trail. When combined with hiking times on the Harpst Trail and the Paved Bicycle Trail, actual hiking time could be up to 2.5 hours. The trail offers some of the best panoramic views available of the Missouri River valley bordering Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Also in view is the city of Leavenworth to the southwest and the Iatan Power Plant to the northwest. Sections of the trail are steep and have exposed tree roots and occasionally muddy conditions. The trail offers excellent opportunities for observing native and migrating birds, as well as a variety of flora and fauna.
good 2.25 mile trail,they have revised it so it isn't straight out and back. took our 4 year old and she made it the whole way.
We started at sunrise. Sight was beautiful. Overlook the river and trains. We also had three deer across our trail. We are going back soon. Well worth the 45 mins drives from my house. Wish it was a longer hike.
it was beautiful... the kids and I had fun... nice views.... the river is beautiful! lots of flowers we identified a few :)
great trail make sure it's been dry for a couple days before you hike. it could be muddy otherwise.
good views of the river. I enjoyed it.
My review is a repeat of what I wrote on the page for the Paved Bike Trail. The AllTrails description above captures this trail well.
I really like to walk/hike the Paved Bike Trail until it reaches the Harpst/Overlook trails. Then you're on a natural trail and climbing up the ridge to reach a large wooden deck to overlook the Missouri River. From there, join the West Ridge Trail and follow it along the top of the ridge, with the river below you and Leavenworth, KS just across the River. It's great to be on the trail when the leaves are all down, because the view of the Missouri River is really fantastic. Definitely watch for tree roots and precarious areas where the ridge drops off! Some barbed fencing, so be careful if you bring pups with you (canine or human!).
Descend the West Ridge Trail to meet up with the paved trail again, and you still have about 2 miles to loop back to the TH.
Love this hike. The best around this area, specially during fall. A bit challenging, which is awesome! Great views of MO lake. A must do if you love to hike and live around the KC metro area.
Was in St. Joe for business and stopped by park on way home. Simple hike along the bluff overlooking the Missouri river. Worth the hike when at the Park. Not a destination hike.