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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.

Pretty easy trail for the loop that goes up to the glades. Can get through it in about 25 minutes if you have a moderate pace.

Lovely hike for a mid-summer hike! The trail was balanced with both hills and flat areas. The trail is gravel/dirt and narrow with overgrown brush in areas. Most of the trail is shaded. We saw countless elk, deer, and turkey along the trail. At times we had to take an alternate route to avoid disturbing the wildlife on the trail. We inspected ourselves after the hike and found we were covered in hundreds of seed ticks on us despite DEET insect repellent. We drove through the bison area but didn’t have any sightings. We will return again soon!

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

This is one of my go-to trails after a rain when I don't want to muddy up my hiking shoes a lot. The trail is mostly two-track crushed-rock road which was once used to access the many World War II era bunkers in the area.

This former roadway is now reserved for hiking, running, and biking (rarely encounter). It is also used by people walking their dogs -- especially the short north loop which can easily be walked in under 15 minutes.

Most of the trail has forest canopy and there are no steep grades. All elevation changes are very gradual.

The trail is mostly elevated and drains well. Thus, I like to hike it when other trails are likely to be wet. I also find it to be one of my favorite winter hiking trails.

My last visit was 10 AM on a Thursday in August. I didn't run into another soul. There wasn't more than about three mosquitoes for the entire hike.

However, although the two-track is normally well mowed, this wasn't the case this time and so I had to be on the outlook for ticks for the first time in many years (didn't find any).

If you are looking for scenic beauty, this may not be your hike. But if you want to be in the woods when other trails are still soaked, then you might enjoy this trail as I do.

My GPS shows the trail length to be 3.1 miles instead of 3.6 miles as shown in the current description. I'm a leisurely walker and so I normally hike/walk this in about 1 hour. Also, my GPS shows the entire elevation change as 65' over the 3+ miles (not anywhere near the 170' shown in the current description).

By the way, I made a YouTube video of this trail several years ago. If you would like to see the trail, Google: YouTube Busch Wildlife Zombie Bunker.

Very beautiful and shaded. There were a lot of dirt trails that went all over the place and were hard to follow. The main path was paved.

I did this trail a couple of years ago and loved it. We didn't stick to the path highlighted in Red here however. We took the dashed line (shown in map) off-shoot to the Missouri River and saw River Otters swimming around. At the left end of the island looking at it here (no dashed lines shown), we found a trail that took us to the fork and saw great blue heron and was a cool place to see. Don't get lost however :-). All of this made for a long hike which was around 10 miles I'd guess.

Easy trail with good width. Made it nice for my GSD to heel next to me. I saw a lot of wildlife: deer, birds, squirrel, and butterflies. Great 3 mile trail with virtually no elevation change. If hills and valleys are what you looking for this trail is not for you. The graffitied ammo bunkers along the way creeped out my wife, but I felt they added an interesting aspect to the trail.

trail running
14 days ago

Great running trail. Light traffic consisted of a couple hikers and a couple bikers. If you haven't been before be sure to leave yourself plenty of daylight or bring lights. My run turned out to be just over 15 miles due to a few wrong turns... oops. I'll be going back again for sure.

Great kids trail, not too long and super pretty surroundings. Can get a little steep but over all easy walk. Short. There is a center there that is WONDERFUL inside. Great nature center.

Awesome trek. Deer, turkey, elk and mostly wooded.

hiking
21 days 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.

Awesome!!

mountain biking
30 days ago

love this trail.

Very boring besides a couple waterways, you should really just bike it instead of hiking it. Lots of bugs. Better off going somewhere else.

Good hike. I thought I would mention in this app to stay at least 100 ft from the elk. There were several on the trail. People have been gored by the elk, granted one group was trying to take a selfie with the elk so some are related to clueless hikers. Be extra careful during mating season which is mid-August through December when the elk are particularly aggressive.

Very nice walk through the Elk’s habitat. The trail is a nice gravel and dirt path, shaded, and well marked. We were able to observe many elk grazing and laying around along with many varieties of birds.
You are also able to see the bison but only from your car as they are in a different part of the park.

Unmarked trail that doesn't go anywhere near the river. You basically meander through fields and clearings. I went off the path to make it more interesting but got ticks in the process. There is a tiny sand area to see the river, but for being an island it doesn't offer anything. You WILL need Bug Spray.

trail running
1 month ago

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

Good trails close to the city! Nice elevation change and even though the center was closed, restrooms were open. The road noise was a huge downer, but the scenery and location made up for it.

hiking
1 month 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

on Bluff Creek Trail

walking
1 month ago

Cool trail, lots of different paths. Shaded the entire way.

hiking
1 month ago

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

Salt Lick Point Trail is amazing! You start off on Johnson Trail and at the end of Johnson is when you meet Salt Lick Point to start up the bluff. The beginning, on Johnson Trail, has amazing bluff and rock formations as you go. Salt Lick Trail does have some steep points going up the bluff, but the views when you get to the top are amazing. I personally wouldn’t recommend children or pets for Salt Lick Point Trail. The abandon building is also pretty awesome as well if you are able to find your way in!! Be careful, 2nd floor is NOT sturdy. I grew up in this tiny town until the Flood of ‘93 and had no idea the trails or building existed!

Good trail with a couple of good inclines. We drove through the whole park first and saw some Bison and Elk. Saw one doe on the trail though we went at Mid-Day.

I like this loop for a number of reasons. First of all, it’s very close to home, less than 10 minutes away. By cutting out a lot of drive time, I can fit in a longer hike when the time block I have is minimal. Secondly, the loop is only about 2.5 miles if I’m REALLY short on time, but I can easily turn it into a 5-7.5 mile hike if I just repeat the loop. Third...and very important to me, it’s dog and kid friendly. I always hike with my dog, and sometimes my grandkids are with me, The grandkids do better on paved trails, and I can take a stroller for the 2 y/o who can’t keep up with the older ones. I prefer dirt trails, but sometimes there are advantages to a paved trail. And finally, it’s scenic with small wildlife. A quiet, calming, “away from the city” feel, in busy South County, close to highway access.

As mentioned in other reviews, this trail is shared heavily with mountain bikers. Always have to be listening. Especially when on the steep single lane trail. Bikers do come flying down those often. Other than the bikers, this trail is beautiful and offers changes of scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

Great morning hike. The hill that starts at the base of the Johnson trail was it's usual challenge. Great view from the top.

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