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great hike. beautiful sights of the river. it starts as lewis &clark but the the two trails split mid way. the app says its 4.7 miles but the trail head said 5.3.

great hike. beautiful sights of the river. it starts as lewis &clark but the the two trails split mid way. the app says its 4.7 miles but the trail head said 5.3.

hiking
13 days ago

This is a beautiful trail with diverse scenery. We did this hike on a warm January day, and it was so refreshing! The moss-covered boulders and babbling stream were magical!

hiking
20 days ago

Hiked in late December- with my 4yr old- the bridge at the beginning is missing so it is good to wear water proof shoes. There are 2 creek crossings and we all made it with dry feet but being December I was a bit nervous about shoes getting wet in cold. We look forward to going back when wild flowers are in bloom. My Apple Watch said the trail was 3.8 miles - its new so I don't know if the trail is really that long or if my watch is off.

hiking
21 days ago

Hiked in late December so the views were open to the other hill tops. We are going back in summer and take advantage of creeks!! A nice quick hike!

Ran this trail, challenging hills, decent straight aways, definitely do it again

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! According to my Fitbit it was closer to 8 miles... will definitely be back!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail yesterday (11/24) after we had quite a bit of rain and it wasn’t too muddy! The trail head was pretty confusing, and I completely lost the trail at one point as well, but all it all I did really like this trail! Loved all of the moss especially!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike with various terrain changes. We went 11/3, early AM, after rain, many new leaves on paths, if it weren’t for trekking poles would have fallen four times. No ticks, skeeters, spider webs, nice. Trail head (TH) marking, signage poor. We took off from area 1/2 mile off TH. We finally found the TH, which we thought was end of trail but it wasn’t; very confusing! We were temporarily bewildered (lost) and walked 3/4 mile on road to get back to car. Blazing’s are confusing, and not very generous.

A great hike with pretty views! It was pretty muddy though!

My favorite trail near me.

hiking
2 months ago

Spectacular hike. This is our go-to trail for local Hillsboro, and we have been here many times. The fall colors were amazing and we did this 2.8 mile hike in a brisk 45 minutes. We saw nobody on the trail during our hike. There were occasional horse droppings on the trail since people do ride their horses on the trail. We recommend going to the right and walking the loop counterclockwise, saving the open glades portion to the end.

Fun hike! Lots of going up and down hills but short enough not to kill you. The views with the fall leaves were beautiful. I did this trail in about an hour and 40 minutes but my very excited dog set the pace :) We only passed about 4 or 5 other people on a Saturday afternoon.

Nice view of the Missouri river with some good elevation change. Wide, even path and well-trafficked.

hiking
3 months ago

Went out there today. The temperature was perfect. Really nice quiet stretch of woods with quite a few streams/river crossings. Was pretty easy too. Took me 1 hr 15mins. Trail is clearly marked.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Great for starters!

I attempted to hike here at dusk today and maybe 1000 feet into the trail there is a large tree down across the trail. After the tree, the trail looks like it’s not really maintained. I couldn’t tell where to go. I thought I found it going up the hillside but I think that was just a deer path or something else. It didn’t go anywhere. There were no visible trail markers that I could find unless I’m blind. Ended up leaving.

UPDATE: Upon reading other reviews, as I suppose I should have done beforehand, I apparently went on the unmapped side. So in that case, the area I was in was pretty good for it’s purpose. I’ll need to go back for the other side, that’s what I was looking for originally.

backpacking
3 months ago

The weather was amazing. Trail seems unkempt; we counted 20-30 downed trees across trail. Trails were narrow, in some areas less than a foot wide. Seed burrs were a real issue, our poodles, standard and toy had several hundred each. Poison ivy covers about 25% of trail contact area. Most of trail (75%) was difficult to hike, 3-4” stones, and roots presented continuous ankle challenges. With trekking polls it was safer. Maybe in late fall or winter leaf coverage might make it better? Blazings were exceptional; never had a doubt, lots of markings. And creek crossings, starts as at crossing; why not put bridge to start? There were at least 10 crossings, most slippery, and often challenging to keep boots dry.

hiking
3 months ago

‘Twas a tiring but good hike.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a decent trail that is probably better experienced in the spring (when the creaks are running with water) or the fall (when you can get a view overlooking the Big River without the trees blocking your way). We did this trail at the end of September and didn't have any trouble with bugs (aided with some off of course). The trail wasn't too crowded on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. We ran into probably 5 other groups during our hike. There are a couple of points that really make this trail moderate. One will be a decent climb up some rocks (or down depending on which way you decide to go). My personal recommendation is to start this trail on the left when you get to the fork. By going left I think the trail is a little easier but maybe not quire as well marked. Along the way you'll see a decent sized sinkhole that has unfortunately been covered. You can still kind of see down into it but the grate makes it difficult. I wish they would have left it uncovered but I'm sure someone probably fell into it at some point. There is also a small order shack just off the trail. I'd be curious to know the back story of it. This was a nice walk in the woods and I'd recommend it after you've done the parks other trail "Mooner's Hollow" (It's easily the better trail).

hiking
3 months ago

Lots of cool views and just enough hills to get a nice little work out in. Took us a little over three hours. Not a heavily trafficked trail which is cool but there was an insane amount of spider webs across the trail which got really annoying after about a mile of running into them. Overall I’d say it was a good hike.

Nice trail. Marked well. Went on a Friday morning, saw several other hikers/runners. Beautiful view overlooking the Missouri River. Good workout. Enjoyed it a lot.

I did the CCW hike as most people recommend. I started out at 11 a.m. on a Friday and the parking lot was about three-quarters full from the morning hikers. By the time I completed my hike in the mid-afternoon, there were only six other cars in the lot.

The last time I hiked this trail was about 3 or 4 years ago. Since then some of the benches have been updated. In fact, it seems there were more benches than the last time I did this circuit. Often the benches were strategically-placed at the top of a ridge that you might have just ascended on the CCW circle. Great work MDC!

Mosquitoes and gnats were an issue but no more than any other hike I've done locally this summer. I didn't encounter any standing water. All of the creek beds were dry. I probably encountered about 20 different people on the trail. Most were hikers and about 4 trail runners.

My GPS tracking via Alltrails showed my hike to be 6.2 miles. I'm a slow walker so It took me about 2.25 hours walking time. But I made a lot of stops so my complete trail time was just over 3 hours. Love this trail and hope to do it again in the fall for the better Missouri River views.

hiking
4 months ago

Good mix of open and wooded. Several nice views. I hiked 2 days after heavy rains and there were tons of beautiful fungi. I saw a few lizards and walking sticks. Otherwise, animal life was minimal. Lots of good rocks for collecting.

Good moderate hike with well marked routes. You also can make it an 8.3 mi hike with a small extension of the trail.

Nice trail! We took our small dog and had no troubles. the trails are marked well at the creek crossings. as I go along the trail you will creeks, a small water fall (that is a perfect place to take break.), and the trail goes along the bluffs at one point.

we really enjoyed this hike. we went on July 23. it's very pretty, lots of creeksnand streams both big and small. there is a pretty waterfall about halfway through. you do have to cross water multiple times, there is rocks at all the crossing to walk on but there's a good possibility of getting your feet wet. at the waterfall half way through there Is a trail following the creeks that you can take to get closer to it. can be a little steep but the terrain isn't bad. we had a fun time on this hike.

Wonderful trail. My family of 7 loved it including my 4 year old. Good elevation change and lots of beautiful views.

7.21.2018. We went left at trail head; much preferred. The beginning 1/2 mile was quite rocky, and many roots, felt like walking through dry creek bed, we almost turned back! Many narrow areas with light vegetation overgrowth. Three to four creek crossings practically dry this time of year. We brought our standard and toy poodles, sprayed Sargent tick and flee spray and they seem fine after. We used deep woods off, three hikers, no ticks!

So rest of hike was quite nice, sandstones, limestones, along most of trail, wild flowers, ferns, butterflies, some open fields (1/4 of trail?) Most of trail quite pleasant, canopy tree lined, wide path.

Nice trail. Should be fairly easy for everyone

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