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Awesome hike with our GSD mix. First half was easy and relaxing. Second half was fun! Plenty of hills and rocks! Glad we went from Lone Elk to West Tyson and back because we were really happier to have a more relaxing bike back to the car. Took us 7 hours with stops.

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.

This is a great little trail just outside of St. Louis. It’s fun getting to see elk, I see the herd literally every time I hike. They dot run away which is kind of nice so you can really observe them. I like doing the trail and then turning around and going back for a good 6 mile hike. Takes me around 2- 2 1/2 hours.

This is a challenging but fun trail. Lots of great scenic view points. Great for the whole family. Very pet friendly.

Nice dirt/ gravel trail that we enjoyed on a January day with 50 degree weather. It’s listed as difficult but seems moderate. Saw quite a few elk along the way. Some were right on the path so we detoured around them so not to disturb and respect their space. Not too steep with some hills and level areas and well marked. The trail is mostly shaded with views of the lake. We thoroughly enjoyed our hike!

hiking
14 days ago

This was a good hike. We had our 1 (in a backpack) and 4 year old with us, so it couldn’t be too strenuous. There was a lot of standing water, but they were easy enough to travel around.

Amazing trail to go on.

Nothing wrong with it...just not memorable from all the ones we have done. Hard to find trailhead from parking area.

Nice trail man.

This is a beautiful trail! Well kept but not very well marked in some places. However, the trail is fairly easy to follow.

trail running
18 days ago

Ran it in winter before 8. Only 2 others on trail. Nice run,

Fun and beautiful trail

Nice views

hiking
21 days ago

Well-marked trail with no muddy spots to avoid and moderate changes in elevation. Made a 5 mile hike of it by parking in Glencoe and taking the Hamilton Carr trail.

This is my go-to workout trail.

One of my favorites. Great all year round!

Great day for a hike. Views of the Missouri River were great. Our tracker has it closer to 8.6 miles. Did the loop in 3 1/2 hours

great trails

hiking
27 days ago

Fun trail. Bit narrow with traffic going both ways but overall fun.

It was pretty muddy the the day we went. But beautiful scenery.

Easy, mostly flat, wooded, dirt/Sandy trail, muddy spots, nice view of river. Scouts built a bench in 2009

I liked the trail for the peacefulness however it is not well marked when you intersect a road. Its a perfect hike when you are wanting the peacefulness of the woods and get a little time along the water. I did not find the school house remains. Giving it 3 stars because of the signage...it was also not easy to find any trail maps one entering the park.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike with wide paths throughout. We made excellent time and only saw a couple of other people. The loop portion of the trail had standing water in many places. There are side trails to go around those sections, which makes me think the water is a common problem. Alltrails says "no dogs," but I didn't see any signage indicating that dogs aren't allowed.

One of my favorite trails to hike!

Fun trail. well maintained

trail running
1 month ago

I ran this trail in mid-December, starting from big parking lot at end of paved road by river. Favorite part is first mile or so, nice packed sand trail, lovely views of river. Most strenuous part is the stair section! Then, another great scenic section, high above RR tracks, expansive view of Meramec valley.

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

One of my favorite trails to hike! The bluff overlooks are beautiful and there's two options based on what length of hike you want. It does get busy on the weekends in the spring/summer.

hiking
1 month ago

I just hiked this trail in the last week of November and it was very pleasant. It was midweek and I still came across several hikers and about 10 mountain bikers during the day.

This is the third time this year that I have hiked the entire Lost Valley Trail. I feel that hiking it clockwise is the easiest as most of the two-track road sections are then downhill and mostly on the 2nd half of the hike.

Also, the Carbonite mileage markers are all laid out for viewing in this direction. There are markers every half mile and the trail is easy to follow even while covered with leaves.

When starting out, I also prefer to follow the Little Femme Osage Creek which is the "old way" of hiking this loop. When you reach the first Carbonite sign with 2 arrows pointing right for "Lost Valley Trail" and "Short Loop," you instead bear off on the unmarked road to your left.

This keeps you along the creek and you'll meet back up with the marked trail around the 1.5 (?) mile marker. This is also the route shown in the book, "St. Louis: 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles."

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