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If you go right at the start there's a nice .75 miles with a lot of elevation although not too steep - a couple gradual switcbacks. the rest is mostly flat and beautiful terrain. no bluffs, no streams, although a nice Creek at the end.

Lovely hike for a mid-summer hike! The trail was balanced with both hills and flat areas. The trail is gravel/dirt and narrow with overgrown brush in areas. Most of the trail is shaded. We saw countless elk, deer, and turkey along the trail. At times we had to take an alternate route to avoid disturbing the wildlife on the trail. We inspected ourselves after the hike and found we were covered in hundreds of seed ticks on us despite DEET insect repellent. We drove through the bison area but didn’t have any sightings. We will return again soon!

Great kids trail, not too long and super pretty surroundings. Can get a little steep but over all easy walk. Short. There is a center there that is WONDERFUL inside. Great nature center.

Awesome trek. Deer, turkey, elk and mostly wooded.

Great views and photo opportunities

hiking
24 days ago

I did the CW hike of this trail on Thursday, July 26th. The first 10 minutes or so parallels the main park road. Between you and the road is a spring-fed creek. It will end at a point where you cross a little foot bridge and see water emerging out of the rocks.

As others have mentioned, going CW gets the hardest part of the trail climb out of the way near the start. Once you ascend to the ridgeline, there is a bench that you can use to take a break.

One of the nice things about the trail is that, on the ridgeline, most of the trail is packed earth with hardly any rocks (in my case it was quite dusty). It resembled a bridle path but without any horses.

Finally, you arrive at the bench marking the descent back down to the trail base. The descent of the trail sure seemed a lot shorter than the ascending portion towards the beginning of the hike.

Once you get back to level ground it's just a few minutes walk back to the trailhead.

Like I indicated, I did the trail on a weekday. The parking lot was fairly full so I can imagine that on a weekend parking might be at a premium.

I am sure almost all people do this hike without trekking poles. But if I were going to do it again CCW, they might come in handy for the descent.

I have read some reviews mentioning ticks. But the path is rather wide and so I never had to brush up against any tick bearing undergrowth.

The trailhead sign said the the trail is 3.25 miles in length. I am a leisurely walker and it took me 1.5 hours to complete the loop while stopping to take quite a few pictures.

Awesome!!

Good hike. I thought I would mention in this app to stay at least 100 ft from the elk. There were several on the trail. People have been gored by the elk, granted one group was trying to take a selfie with the elk so some are related to clueless hikers. Be extra careful during mating season which is mid-August through December when the elk are particularly aggressive.

Very nice walk through the Elk’s habitat. The trail is a nice gravel and dirt path, shaded, and well marked. We were able to observe many elk grazing and laying around along with many varieties of birds.
You are also able to see the bison but only from your car as they are in a different part of the park.

trail running
1 month ago

Great for a flat run. I live close by so I got this trail often. More than half the trail is paved and the rest is tightly packed, small gravel so nothing difficult about this one. it's usually busy but is wide enough to pass walkers with ease.

road biking
1 month ago

I absolutely love this trail to bicycle on. It can get crowded but everyone uses trail etiquette. the lake is beautiful to see at sunset.

Very heavily congested trail. The scenery is lovely and it's a peaceful hike around the lake, but you will constantly be dodging joggers, bikers, strollers, children, and pretty much everyone. I suggest going early morning or late evening, good times for quiet and to watch the sunrise/sunset.

trail running
1 month ago

A good trail to run. A bit rocky in a few areas .I'll definitely be back.

Easy trail but definitely congested. I have caught some great sunsets here along pics of some wildlife; pls be respectful

Good trails close to the city! Nice elevation change and even though the center was closed, restrooms were open. The road noise was a huge downer, but the scenery and location made up for it.

hiking
1 month ago

Anyone lose two dogs on the Lime Kiln trail. See Facebook lost and found page. Looks like two vizlas found and turned into St. Louis County Shelter on Baur

https://www.facebook.com/groups/STLMOlostfoundpaws/?multi_permalinks=1754907107940579&notif_id=1529863622393556&notif_t=group_activity

good hill climbs,can hear traffic but beautiful little treck!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail. I enjoyed the elevation changes, was also able to run part of the trail.

Great view and easy to trails

Salt Lick Point Trail is amazing! You start off on Johnson Trail and at the end of Johnson is when you meet Salt Lick Point to start up the bluff. The beginning, on Johnson Trail, has amazing bluff and rock formations as you go. Salt Lick Trail does have some steep points going up the bluff, but the views when you get to the top are amazing. I personally wouldn’t recommend children or pets for Salt Lick Point Trail. The abandon building is also pretty awesome as well if you are able to find your way in!! Be careful, 2nd floor is NOT sturdy. I grew up in this tiny town until the Flood of ‘93 and had no idea the trails or building existed!

Good trail with a couple of good inclines. We drove through the whole park first and saw some Bison and Elk. Saw one doe on the trail though we went at Mid-Day.

trail running
2 months ago

Fun trail to run. Slippery when wet but a fun challenge.

Great all around trail. A few pretty long hills that were a challenge to run up. I would definitely run this trail again.

I like this loop for a number of reasons. First of all, it’s very close to home, less than 10 minutes away. By cutting out a lot of drive time, I can fit in a longer hike when the time block I have is minimal. Secondly, the loop is only about 2.5 miles if I’m REALLY short on time, but I can easily turn it into a 5-7.5 mile hike if I just repeat the loop. Third...and very important to me, it’s dog and kid friendly. I always hike with my dog, and sometimes my grandkids are with me, The grandkids do better on paved trails, and I can take a stroller for the 2 y/o who can’t keep up with the older ones. I prefer dirt trails, but sometimes there are advantages to a paved trail. And finally, it’s scenic with small wildlife. A quiet, calming, “away from the city” feel, in busy South County, close to highway access.

walking
2 months ago

Great place to just take a walk or run. There are a lot of other people on the trail at the same time, but surprisingly it is still a very peaceful and quiet.

Nice trail, pretty easy walk but very narrow in some area's

hiking
2 months ago

Great morning hike. The hill that starts at the base of the Johnson trail was it's usual challenge. Great view from the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful scenery with frequent changes in elevation to keep it interesting. Be aware if you are planning to go on foot that this is primarily a mountain biking trail. This is a great trail to see wildlife. I think I saw more deer here than on any other trail I have hiked. Also, I deeply regret not wearing bug spray.

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