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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.

a mini favorite ..great for a quick brisk mostly shady walk when you have only a little time

hiking
14 days ago

Nice walking trail. Saw some butterflies and enjoyed the little signs describing the plants.

This park is great for easy bike riding ! Beautiful and interesting! There’s even soft drink vending and rest rooms

One of my girlfriend and I's favorite place to go :) Lots of views and you can see alot of deer on the lower levels. highly recommend for anyone, friendly for all ages

First hike, great experience! Panoramic views. We started at the east and ascended via the stairs. They are well maintained and really get the blood pumping. A few more inclines made for a great hike. Cooled down with the Meramec river trail.

First 1/4 to 1/2 mile a little tough but rest of trail easy enjoyable

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!!

Amazing views all around this trail! As a big dude the end is tough but extremely rewarding!

Great trail for kids! The beginning of the trail is a little exhausting if you aren’t used to elevation, but the rest is easy breezy! Beautiful views and photo opps. Lots of puppers on the trail so be on alert if your dog isn’t used to making friends.

Easy trail for small children. Playgrounds and Restrooms are available. Good for kids and pets.

nature trips
1 month ago

Loved the River Scene Trail and the rugged path at the beginning of the hike. Bathrooms at the park were pristine clean. Very enjoyable!

Would definitely not rate this as “Moderate.” The trail is very well marked and relatively easy. Great views from the bluff & alone the river. Crowded on the weekend, but that’s to be expected.

trail running
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful!

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

Beautiful scenery of the Meramec River and the valley... somewhat crowded but worth the hike!

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.

This is the most beautiful hike in the St Louis area.

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!

trail running
2 months ago

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

Beautiful views, well kept, great way to spend your day.

Enjoyed the bluff view. There are a lot of mountain bikers. Lots of mosquitoes.

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

Absolutely loved. We went early this morning and it wasn’t too crowded. There were people along the trail, but the ones we encountered we courteous and polite. All and all would hike again!

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.

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