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Nice trail, well marked. Becoming popular. Be sure to talk softly if you want to catch wildlife in the area and to be considerate of other hikers.

NICE TRAIL ..NEEDS BETTER SIGNS TO LET YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE AT, ALTHOUGH YOU CANT GET LOST..watch YOUR STEP ,LOTS OF ROCKS TREE ROOTS AND HIDDEN SMALL TREE STUMPS .ABOUT THE SIGNS THERE ARE SO MANY TRAILS GOING THIS WAY AND THAT ITS CONFUSING TO WHAT TRAIL YOU ARE ON.

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.

good change in elevation. Well marked and maintained. Peaceful walk along some creaks.

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!

Beautiful winter hike! The trail was well maintained though not marked. It isn't a long hike, but it has some steep climbs to get your heart pounding, as well as diverse and unusual habitats. The steep prairies are breathtaking and unlike anything I've seen elsewhere. I'd like to come back in the summer to see the wildflowers in bloom. This hike was okay with dogs; I wouldn't take small kids, though.

We started the loop by taking the stairs heading southeast. You'll quickly get to the prairie, then turn away from the bluffs and walk through a forest on the spine of a ridge that loops around a hollow. When you reach the prairie again, be sure to take the spur that leads straight toward the bluff before doubling back to the main trail, which leads back down to the parking lot.

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!

hiking
17 days ago

Starts out with close shrubbery, but opens up quite quickly to a beautiful forest. Moves on to some rocky outcroppings, to cedar forest, and back. So peaceful and quiet. Elevation change is pretty gradual. Some muddy and areas but nothing terrible.

Great mix of hills and level areas. Muddy, slick, and narrow in quite a few areas but a good hike overall.

Good trail with nice views.

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!

Awesome trail. My favorite place to go within an hour of Saint Louis. Very clean and scenic.

trail running
21 days ago

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

Fun and beautiful trail

Did First Day Hike here with naturalist Eric from Missouri State Parks. He was so knowledgable and made this beautiful trail even more enjoyable. Second time we have been to to park. First time on this trail. Canyons and sandstone bridge are so pretty. We will come back.

Nice views

Great area for hiking. Unfortunately the lack of trail markers caused me to hike 15 miles instead of the 13 that I expected. So glad there was no snow today or I may still be there! Most of the trail is easy except one area called "the stairs", so I believe it should be categorized as "moderate", not "difficult". I'll definitely use this trail again.

hiking
24 days ago

Nice trail with good views of the sandstone bluffs.

great trails

Go to the left, clockwise to get to the canyon quicker. I have walked both down in the canyon and the path on the rim. Each are very pretty. when you make your way out of the canyon area there is a cutoff which will take you back to the trailhead in about 10 minutes. The rest of the main trail meanders thru the woods, over the ridge and through some smaller rock formations for at least another hr or so. Very pretty.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Muddy but an awesome trail. There really isn’t a view at the ‘outlook’ but a cool tree is over halfway with iron spikes to climb up!

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

very nice

My favorite trail in Eastern Missouri. It has every terrain and elevation you can think of. From the low wetlands that flood after rain to mountain climbs at 20* of angle. Amazing.

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.

Beautiful hike. Will be back.

Article on the hike from my Blog

https://chrisbunton.blogspot.com/2017/05/salt-lick-point-trail-system.html

Great Missouri hike

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