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The end of the loop wasn't clear and it was showing that we were off the trail. Ended up going back with a quick short cut across the creek almost midway...other than that it was beautiful and scenic. Our shepherd mix enjoyed it as well and loved the creek. Good memories

Great trail, lots of shade. Good when you want to get in a quick hike.

Great mix of hilly and more level terrain. gets your heart rate up without being too steep.

hiking
1 month ago

Short trail with interesting features.

Only giving it 4 stars because it wasn't well marked. There are several WORN paths were trail blazes would help keep you on track. Other than that the trail was VERY enjoyable. Although it's short, it's definitely worth the trip - just bring a map or GPS.

We only did the Hamilton iron works trail which was only .2 miles. Nice short trail with cool structures but came out with hundreds of tiny ticks.

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.

Went here on a whim and DID NOT REGRET IT. Drove the quick hour drive from St. Louis and got right to it. NO BATHROOM AVAILABLE AT TRAIL HEAD.

My friend and I absolutely loved climbing on everything! Every corner was a new view and adventure. I cannot wait to go back!!

hiking
1 month ago

A very short out and back walk to a cave that has been closed due to White Nose Syndrome. The trailhead is a little hard to find. From the parking area walk up the hill toward the brown cabins. The trail starts at the tree line half way up to the cabins.

hiking
1 month ago

Short but fun trail. The trail is steep and rocky in parts and passes mostly through forest, although there is one overlook of the valley below. The bluffs and Indian Cave are interesting. The cave is one of the few in the park you can still walk back into.

Beautiful trail! My dog loved playing in all the water and there are some amazing views when you get to the top of the rocks! However the trail is very poorly marked and I probably would've been lost for awhile if I hadn't have downloaded the map to my phone. We will definitely be back!

We have hiked this trail in years past and I truly do not remember it being so poorly marked. It is really easy to get off the trail. While I enjoy exploring, I had not planned for such a long trip out. Next time I will be sure to pack more water. A positive is that this trail is the first one my 2 year old son started hiking on his own. Definitely beautiful with lots to see, but might not be for all little people. We did end up carrying him quite a bit as we were off on lots of non-trail paths. Saw a few abandoned strollers from past hikers... definitely don't bring your strollers. Happy we had this app and were able to rescue a few other hiking groups when we had coverage. Download the map!!

On a cold December weekend a couple of friends and I took a "dads getaway" overnight hike. We linked the Hawn trail system together to make a large loop. It was about 17 degrees overnight. It was wonderful. Few other people on the trail. This terrain has a few rugged sections to get you breathing, and lots of gentle variable terrain, and very pleasant walking. In the winter it was beautiful.

hiking
1 month 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.

Very nice short hike. Giving it 4 stars instead of 5 because of lack of green blazes. As mentioned in another recent review, the creek crossing isn’t marked well and the last bit just before the return to the parking lot, map lines did not match visible trails. You must follow red blazes to Whispering Pines trailhead (parking lot).

Hawn State Park, MO. Fun hike. The Pickle Creek portion of the trail required concentration on your footing to navigate the rocks. The Whispering Pines portion of the loop was up on a ridge with a couple of nice views. We were able to make a couple of stops to do some wading in the cool, clear water. We saw fish, crawdads, and a snake. It was a good day.

Wonderful scenery although trail is hard to find in some spots.

trail running
2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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

hiking
3 months ago

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

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

WOW!

hiking
3 months ago

The trails you know and love are still here! You just have to get to them. Come hike them! At first I thought they ruined the trails. They didn’t. The people who said they ripped the trails out are mistaken. They did not rip them out. They are both still nestled in the woods where they were. The other reviewer that said this is not the place for natural trails is also mistaken. Take the lower trail head to just last the cave. On the left there is a drain, before the bridge, the trail starts there. You can also find it in a few other places along the paved path.

hiking
3 months ago

Please come home these trails again! We need to hike it before they over grow. I would recommend parking at the lower trail head. I made the mistake of parking at the upper. It’s a hot walk back up. Park at the lower trail head and stick to the path. Once you pass the cave and before you hit the bridge, you will see a drain to your left. There starts the path to the inner and outer trails. Wear bug spray!

hiking
3 months ago

Actually measures around 3.5 miles but is a wonderful hike. Lots of hills and a very narrow path but a wonderful workout. Lots of ticks right now, pulled off 12 during the hike. We will definitely be back.

Great trail.

I hiked this trail along with the full Whispering Pines loop. Well marked and easy to follow.

The water was up a bit so we had to cross through water. Al part of the fun :) The hike was gorgeous! Kids age 7-10 enjoyed it too.

hiking
4 months ago

Love this hike after a rain. It’s muddy but there’s water dripping in the most beautiful ways.

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