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best during cooler season,less bugs

beautiful fall variations of color during this time of year.

Beautiful hike on a well maintained trail.

Beautiful 60 degree day, very sunny and windy. Trail was in excellent condition. Awesome hike with lots of elevation change and some cool creek/drainage crossings.

on River Scene Trail Loop

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

I'm not sure I would rate this as "Hard," but it's definitely rugged (and certainly hard if you do the entire 10.5mile trail!). Blazed in orange, with white connector trail blazes.
I found the trailhead from the main road, easy to spot. Small gravel parking lot at the TH, and others parked on the road's shoulder. I loved being alongside the lake for the nice views for nearly all of my hike. I completed 3 miles one way, then turned around to return to the TH to leave. I'd like to visit again and complete more of the trail, perhaps from a different TH. Pretty fall leaves, very quiet, and I spotted a huge blue heron gliding along the lake shore. It was a bit muddy, but not problematic (lots of rain earlier this month). It's heavily wooded for most of the trail, but it does open up to a big grassy glade that is at the foot of the lake's dam. I crossed this, following some markers, and picked up the orange blazes again. I crossed a few small creeks, nothing too tough.

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.

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

hiking
1 month ago

My first time hiking and I thought it was not only easy enough but beautiful. I saw the bluffs with the river view and a creek bed. Lots of great photo opportunities

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.

I loved this trail!

hiking
1 month ago

This is a decent trail that is probably better experienced in the spring (when the creaks are running with water) or the fall (when you can get a view overlooking the Big River without the trees blocking your way). We did this trail at the end of September and didn't have any trouble with bugs (aided with some off of course). The trail wasn't too crowded on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. We ran into probably 5 other groups during our hike. There are a couple of points that really make this trail moderate. One will be a decent climb up some rocks (or down depending on which way you decide to go). My personal recommendation is to start this trail on the left when you get to the fork. By going left I think the trail is a little easier but maybe not quire as well marked. Along the way you'll see a decent sized sinkhole that has unfortunately been covered. You can still kind of see down into it but the grate makes it difficult. I wish they would have left it uncovered but I'm sure someone probably fell into it at some point. There is also a small order shack just off the trail. I'd be curious to know the back story of it. This was a nice walk in the woods and I'd recommend it after you've done the parks other trail "Mooner's Hollow" (It's easily the better trail).

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this trail, however we did Jacks Loop and Cattle Ridge together which was a tad over 5 miles. Beautiful scenery, various terrain, but overall a pretty simple hike. Will definitely do it again!

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

hiking
2 months ago

Quick hike; good hill factor and the views from the top are soooooo worth it!

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!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail with fair markings. Mostly flat with overgrown brush from the sides onto the trail. Saw several deer and really like the lake views. Not over crowded so the spider webs were aplenty.

2 days later and my husband and I are miserable with literally hundreds of chigger bites to our legs.

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!

Very nice amenities to the site. There are several pavilions with restrooms and a visitor center. The trails are great for mtn biking when dry. I made a loop and only had around 300’ of climbing (4.6 miles). Not as challenging as many in the area. Tree roots, a few small rocks, and horse dung are scattered about the trail. Some of the grassy areas trail have sunk in about 10” making pedaling in them a little tough but not bad. The switch backs were the only part of the trail that was challenging.

I enjoyed the hike, but ended up with poison ivy, 100’s of chiggers, ands tick borne illness. Would never hike this area ever again.

I've walked Cattle Ridge trail (~1 mile) with my dog more times than I can count. It's a nice trail, with enough elevation changes and shaded areas to be good practice for longer trails. Lots of horse poop on the trail, so watch out. Ticks are another concern, but where are you going to avoid ticks in Missouri wilderness?

Jack's loop (~4 miles) is long, and, frankly, a bit boring. It encompasses most of Brommelsiek Park, and is good for bike riders, but as a hiking trail, there are better trails for nearby if you're wanting to do a similar distance. It's an easy trail to hike, as most of it is covered, but there are plenty of open sections.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Great trail. Where is the turn to get back to parking lot if you want to stay off hamburg trail?

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

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail on the edge of the suburbs! Very active park, there was a trail race event going on while I was there, but still I had plenty of room to hike this route comfortably. There's some good bits of elevation gain and fabulous bluff views along the South edge. Most of the trail has plenty of room to let mountain bikers pass, but do keep aware for them coming around corners.

I was amazed by the wildlife. Deer were grazing by the side of the road as I drove into the park, as if it was a zoo, and I encountered another one which let me get within 20 feet before casually trotting away. Lots of birds flying around. I was VERY glad I brought bug spray, so don't forget yours!

Only reason it's not 5 stars is the vehicle and train traffic noise you can't really get away from. Not bad, but always there.

3 months ago

Partly shaded and easy flat walk
August, 2018

hiking
3 months ago

Wonderful hike with various views to enjoy along the way. From wooded small trails, to large open fields and rock filled hills, this trail is incredibly beautiful. Take your dog, but be on the lookout for mountain bike riders and horseback riders.

The distance is best thing about this trail. Not much elevation change and a lot of abandoned roads. Watch out for bikers.

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