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Beautiful scenery

There was a prescribed burn in progress, so we had to modify our planned route. Half the loop is flat, in the bottoms below the bluff. The other half is on the bluff, up and down from one beautiful overlook to another. Lots of dogs and people. Beautiful trail for so close in to the city.

Great hiking trails through hills and valleys, lowlands, and bluffs overlooking MO River. I have gone off trail into farmer’s field and hiked the woods between other fields to find more solitude and see more wildlife such as deer and a coyote.

During good weather it can be rather congested with people, but great views.

We trekked this one today, the bottom running along the river was quite muddy and you found yourself doing the Fred Flintstone trying to maintain balance in several spots. Once you cross under the RR tracks and start your ascension on the staircase you find very spectacular views from the cliffs edge. Some of the trail crosses the lonewolf and white trails. Some areas rugged others moderate over all a nice trek. Only down fall was it was so busy you couldn’t find parking in some areas. You also literally had to give way to traffic in some areas on the trail due to hikers.

2nd time on this trail. We LOVE it. It will be a repeated trail going forward. This time we got to see elk and deer! Keep your eyes open as they blend in well and many of the elk were laying right next to the trail. Respect their environment and space.

Definitely recommend you take a photo of the trail map as you enter the park. We had trouble finding where to find and start the trail even with this map, but we made it. It was a good hike, but it isn't one that we will definitely return to. We did both the green and blue loops.

great hike with some awesome views of the river as well and the cliffs. Clark trail is a little over 5 miles

Great hike. Well marked.

Excellent hike - a bit muddy in spots but well worth it - the river over looks were great

Awesome trail that starts with a steep climb and then levels off for a great view of the river. Doubles back after descending a huge set of stairs. Just took the hike during wet weather/snow and even the river bottoms were solid enough to walk without too much mud.

Love the Lewis and Clark trails. Understand, there are two. The Lewis Trail is 5 miles and the Clark trail is 8 miles. I have been running the Lewis trail over winter and have run it both CW and CCW; and I tell you that CCW is much easier than CW. On the CCW direction, you basically have two long, steep climbs that will kick your butt. There are several long gradual descents between them. Running the CW direction you have those multiple long, descents, which are now climbs. CW is easily 60/40 uphill; if not 70/30. But don’t let it scare you, either direction is awesome and will give you a great workout; CW just a little more so.

What a great hike, lots of great river views from the outcroppings on the bluffs. Will definitely do it again!

Lots of great scenic overlooks of the Meramec River as you gain elevation. Then it levels out for a very casual walk along the banks/woods along the river, the sound of the moving water is very relaxing. Downside (for me) is that it is fairly heavily trafficked by a lot of causal users that do a lot of loud talking.

Favorite trail with lots of big hill climbing and great views of the Missouri River. Crowded on weekends but if you go early you can enjoy some solitude.


Lots of WW2 ruins, good vistas. Surprised I have not repeated it. Will soon.

My favorite trail in STL. Great vistas and varied terrain. Biggest negative is the traffic sounds.

1 month ago

I’m not sure how the trail is at other times, but on a warm day in late January it was miserably muddy. For the small part that follows the river there were some bluffs to look at, but overall it was too flat and unremarkable for my taste. Maybe it would be better in summer... after a dry spell.

nice trail for me and my dog. not very challenging. well groomed.

Lewis Trail is 8.3 miles. Clark Trail is 5.3 miles. Both have great river views and some good hills. Always a great hike!

2 months ago

Signage and marking was not great. The ice flow and low water levels was worth it!

Great trail! Challenging, great views. The trail is marked well. Looking forward to hiking again this spring!!

Lewis has a lot less traffic on it than Clark. Very few icy spots. Trail was in good condition and easy to follow. There is one spot where a sign would be helpful - there is a cut to the Katy Trail that is easy to mistake for the trail. Distance is 8.2 miles.

2 months ago

Nice trail along the river.

2 months ago

Beautiful views of the river. Impressive crinoid stems in the rocks on the bluff.

Saw elk, bison, deer, ducks and nice people. Can’t beat that.

Pretty easy as the trail is mostly flat - it follows the railroad for awhile then heads next to the Meramec river

One my faves close to home traffic not to overly traffic signs easy to read The Canyon Loop, Trail says it's 5.6 miles but my Apple Watch always tells me at 6.14 miles they are doing a lot of construction around there right now so it is pretty loud but not normally

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