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Be very careful during wet seasons. I hiked this trail this weekend and ended up slipping on a muddy hill and breaking my ankle. The EMTs said that they have to pull someone off the trail once or twice a month. Very beautiful trail other than that.

The autumnal colors were stunning when I visited. Trail was great and relatively easy to follow. However, during our trip the multiple water crossings required getting my feet wet as the water was well over the tops of my hiking boots.

beautiful fall variations of color during this time of year.

hiking
19 days ago

Flat trail, easy, used by bikes also.

I've hiked and ran both the Lewis & Clark. It is by far the best trail around! As others have discussed, depending on the time of year it can be muddy and mosquitos can carry you away. The trails can get a little busy on the weekend but it isn't normally very bad. Parking can be an issue.

The Clark can be hiked in around 2-2.5 hours.

Beautiful fall hike in rolling hills.

road biking
25 days ago

We tried to do the Al Foster trail starting with the directions at Castlewood Park. You have to take the river scene trail a ways to get there. This is definitely mountain biking - not road biking. Pretty trail but would not call this “easy” for kids to bike

on River Scene Trail Loop

25 days ago

Nice overlooks. Crowed but nice trail. My boys loved the nearby train and the water

The signage was way to inaccurate. The sign said we were .1 miles away, but it was closer to to 2 miles. I would not hike here again.

Would have given it a 5 star but poorly marked. Markers are only every mile. A simple blaze system would eliminate this. Started at the West end. The first half mile I was off trail and had to back track and then drove to Lone Elk lot to restart. Hiking rated difficult but only moderate at best. Completed the entire 13 miles plus. Will retry. Positives: very few on trail, peaceful, hills.

Hiked on 10/16/2018, and there were no mosquitos (yeah!!). I have hiked the Clark Trail, and the longer Lewis version. Trees are starting to turn. By 11/1, this will be an incredible hike with beautiful bluff views.

For a special treat, hike about 1 mile to the first bluff for the sunset. Easy hike back with a head lamp.

Go in the fall. In July I got covered by seed ticks even wearing deet.
Whole loop was tracked as 12 miles by our phones. It took about 5.5 hours, 7 with breaks. Beautiful cold, delicious fresh spring in the back of the long loop. We were able to refill water bottles and wade our tired feet.
Some steep ups and downs. Terrain changes often from crushed rock, dirt, grass and back again.

This trail has it all- hills in and out of the trees, a fantastic view at the top, off-paths for bicycles, and runs right by the river. It’s a local favorite.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Great for starters!

Great views all the way through, I would recommend this hike. Prepare yourself for the armada of mosquitoes though haha!

Great out and back trail. Mill and shuts ins at halfway point totally worth it! Trail is well kept. Three small creek crossings - no need to take shoes off. Hiked it with my wife in 2 hours and 40 minutes.

I did the Lewis Trail on a warm Tuesday in early October. The bluffs, ridges, and valleys were enjoyable. Although there are more bluff views on the overlapping Clark Trail portion, there is one bluffview on the Lewis Trail that surpasses all the bluffviews on the Clark section.

Athough I encountered 20+ hikers on the Clark Trail section, I didn't encounter a single person on the Lewis section of the trails.

A word about mosquitoes: although they were bearable on the Clark Trail they were quite thick on the Lewis Trail. I believe the reason is that on the Lewis Trail there are many more creek bed crossings that can hold some standing water. I hope to return after mosquito season is over. It was a nice hike.

My Alltrails/GPS indicated a hiked distance of 10.4 miles and a traveling time of 3:34.

great as always! lotta vegetation creeping up on the paths + fallen trees. also be on guard for bikers hauling butt thru some very thin trails at some points. No ticks at this time but plenty of pesky gnats + flies.

Gorgeous and shaded trail with a spectacular view of river. Pretty easy overall except few hill where you will break a sweat.

I loved this trail!

hiking
1 month ago

If you live close by, I can see that this trail is handy to get out and "stretch your legs." I knew it was quite busy on the weekends so I visited on a Wednesday in late September.

The section along the Meramec River from the Glencoe trailhead to Sherman Beach Park was the most busy section.

I only encountered 1 biker and 1 trail runner between Sherman Beach Park and the turn around point in Castlewood SP. And, there was only one car parked at the Sherman Beach Park lot.

The walk is easy but I just didn't feel like I was hiking as it felt too suburban at several points. But, if you live nearby, it certainly makes for a nice place to get out for some exercise.

BTW, the trail as shown on the map is not a loop but is instead an out-and-back trail.

This is my favorite trail!!! Always clean. Everyone is so friendly. Almost everyone has their dogs there! Beautiful scenery, great spots for pictures!!!

It was a beautiful trail, but poorly and confusingly marked. Even using the map here on Alltrails, somehow I wound up only going 2.3 miles. I suspect I missed a turn somewhere. More flashes, like in the state parks, would be helpful--

Nice trail!

Love this trail! Well marked, but I did get confused and ended up on the Hamburg Trail over half way through. I retraced my steps and took a right to follow the electrical lines and BAM! I was back on the trail. Over all, lots of bikers and switchbacks, but that kept me on my toes and interested. The perfect hike for my pup and I! Beautiful scenery, streams, and weather. Bring plenty of food and water for the both of you; you’ll be out there for awhile :)

hiking
2 months ago

very nice trail!

hiking
2 months ago

We happened to hit this trail the day of a trail race. Everything was super well marked for the runners, and we had a cheering section when we finished!

Views of the Missouri along the bluffs were nice - bet they’d be even prettier in the spring or fall!

Old double-track trail. Very old, though, so not as unpleasant as double-track sounds, although you could drive a car along most of the trail.

Very rocky in the initial ascent, but only for that first mile.

Beautiful glades. Only saw one other party, although it was a Thursday.

very shaded hike with a lot of butterflies and a few decent views. The trail is full of spider webs if you take the Lewis at the fork but still a nice hike

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