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trail running
7 days ago

Great trail for hiking or trail running. Stay on the rim like in the map for inclines and declines. Definitely nice views and good location

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.

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!

Perfect for my kids and I for a quick, level loop. Completed smaller loop in 30 min with 2 small kids and a teen. Fresh air was great; educational signs along the way were a bonus. Great walking trail!

Amazing trail to go on.

Great honking workout. The only reason I didn’t give it a 5 is due to the traffic noise. Definitely a great “in the woods” feel if it weren’t for the traffic noise. We were pleasantly surprised by the workout we got by following the unpaved path. Will definitely be coming here more often.

1st time on Matson-Oxen Trail combo. It will become a regular for us. Not hard-not easy. I like the flexibility to go 2, 5, or 7 miles depending on the trail combo you take.

hiking
13 days ago

Took the family and dog! Nice trail with nice amenities for kids.

This was a fun trail run. It took me 55 minutes to complete the big loop (~2.6 mi). I jogged slow (it was a little muddy at the beginning) and stopped for a lot of pictures.

It was pretty educational along the way with the signs explaining karst and sinkholes. I was expecting a bigger entry into the cave to maybe explore a little bit, but it’s just small enough so only small animals can get in/out. so that was a little anticlimactic. Other than that, I can’t wait to visit again in the spring to see the awesome colors!

hiking
27 days ago

Good trail but it is currently very muddy. There are not a lot of interesting points to the trail but it is quiet and isolated.

trail running
1 month ago

I appreciate how nearby this trail is.
Considering how many walk here, it is appropriate that a good portion is paved. For trail running, excellent. Challenging up grades and down, and short enough that a brief, intense workout is possible. Also, no bikes! Always see deer, and view of Meramec is nice, though view on other side is purely industrial.

Fun trail. well maintained

Well marked trails, watch for the manure

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."

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was nice but it is currently muddy and there is a lot of horse manure

Beautiful in Spring and Fall!

Well defined trail. Easy but good variation. Beautiful.

Great trail. Great in the fall with all the colors. Lots of animal tracks but didn’t see any dear. Hiked after a full day of rain and trail had little mud.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome Trail. Very well marked and maintained. Nice terrain and direction variety, some interconnecting trails provide opportunity for variety. Watch out for horse poop.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy to find, quick and not too far away. My boyfriend and I took our dogs here and we had a great time. Not as great of overlook views as Castlewood but the trees are magnificent, especially during fall.

hiking
2 months ago

Spectacular hike. This is our go-to trail for local Hillsboro, and we have been here many times. The fall colors were amazing and we did this 2.8 mile hike in a brisk 45 minutes. We saw nobody on the trail during our hike. There were occasional horse droppings on the trail since people do ride their horses on the trail. We recommend going to the right and walking the loop counterclockwise, saving the open glades portion to the end.

beautiful fall variations of color during this time of year.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike today with plenty of fall colors on the trail, especially maple yellows and a nice view of the Meramec! The trail has plenty of elevation change and is great for little ones to burn off some extra energy.

Fun hike! Lots of going up and down hills but short enough not to kill you. The views with the fall leaves were beautiful. I did this trail in about an hour and 40 minutes but my very excited dog set the pace :) We only passed about 4 or 5 other people on a Saturday afternoon.

This is a review of the Cannon Trail. The trailhead is at the opposite end of the parking lot from the pavilion which is next to the creek. There are no blazes but the path is well-defined and all intersections are properly posted. The trail is almost all earthen with very few areas with small rocks.

At just over 6 miles per my GPS track, this trail is much improved over my last hike here about 3 years ago. I hiked it counterclockwise this time which starts off quite flat while the trail follows Big Creek.

If you've driven the loop around the park (I recommend you do that first for orientation), you know that the front section is the low elevation and the back is the higher elevation. Hiking CCW makes the ascent more gradual but there are no steep ascents in either direction. This is a fairly gentle topography.

Kids should have no trouble on this trail. All the same, the trail is never far from points where you can easily "bail out" to the loop road running through the park. At those points you will often find additional parking areas with modern vault toilets and water fountains usable in season.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Whoever rated this trail as easy is clearly talking about hiking.. I would not advise riding this trail without a certain degree of fitness and skill for some of the more technical rocky area. There are some reasonable climbs as well. Those are the things that make this trail fun however. Some pretty cool descends and switchbacks. Nice flowy sections too.

3 months ago

Beautiful, Greensfelder has some of the best trails in the stl area.

Great trail. well marked.

This trail needs some help from GORC.

hiking
3 months ago

Very convenient location and it does give ya a good elevation hike for a short distance trail. One negative is the interstate noise. Otherwise it’s a nice green zone full of trees and a variety of ozark highlands and river bottoms. I hope they connect the park with others up and downstream. This place can’t match Castlewood, but it has a nice vibe considering you are in the shadow of I-270 and I-44. It’s also right next door to the last Lemp mansion (private property unfortunately!)

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