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    Bill Grenko saved Crane Lake Trail

    17 days ago

    Bill Grenko saved Dog Mountain Trail

    27 days ago

    Bill Grenko saved Trail of Ten Falls

    27 days ago

    Bill Grenko saved Rock Hollow Trail

    7 months ago

    Bill Grenko saved Green Rock Trail

    7 months ago

    Bill Grenko saved Deer Run Trail

    7 months ago

    Bill Grenko saved Declue Trail

    7 months ago

    Bill Grenko saved Zombie Trail

    7 months ago

    Bill Grenko saved Transept Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Bill Grenko saved Peekaboo Loop Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Bill Grenko saved Fairyland Loop Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Bill Grenko saved Angels Landing Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Bill Grenko saved Widforss Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Bill Grenko saved Bell Mountain Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Bill Grenko saved LaBarque Creek Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Bill Grenko saved LaBarque Hills Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Bill Grenko completed Al Foster Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Bill Grenko saved Lost Valley Trail Loop

    over 1 year ago

    Bill Grenko completed Point Lobos Loop Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Bill Grenko reviewed Green Rock Trail

    about 2 years ago

    We hiked the Green Rock Trail from the Rockwoods Reservation trail head to Melrose Road and back. The total hike was 6.2 miles with an elevation change of 1093 ft. See the recording in the link. We completed the out and back in a little over 2 hours at a brisk 3 mph pace. The trail is rugged, narrow and very steep in spots. In my opinion, it is the most difficult hike in the St. Louis area. The trail is very lightly traveled. We ran into two other hikers. We also saw more snakes than hikers including a couple of small Ring Necks and a huge 5ft long Timber Rattlesnake. The rattler was on the first hillside trail about 1/4 mile from the Rockwoods trail head. Snakes aside, this was challenging hike and we will do it again. We plan to hike the entire 14.5 miles point to point from Rockwoods Reservation thru Greensfelder (becomes the DeClue Trail) and on to Rockwoods Range. Will post an update after we complete the trip. Link: http://alltrails.com/tracks/greenrock-trail-melrose-out-and-back

    Bill Grenko completed Green Rock Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Bill Grenko reviewed Cowles Mountain from Big Rock Trail

    about 2 years ago

    We hiked Cowles Mountain and Pyles Peak from Big Rock. The map on AllTrails shows this as a loop. The connector trail from Pyles Peak that takes you back to the Cowles Mountain trail is closed for a re-vegetation project. This is an definitely an out and back. Pyles Peak is about 1.5 hours out and back from Cowles Mountain at a fairly good pace. The gravel service road that takes you to the summit of Cowles is very steep and an excellent workout. The views from the summits of both Cowles and Pyles are spectacular. It was well worth the trip. It ended up being a little over 8 miles out and back and a little over 3 hours at a brisk pace. I would rate the hike moderate to difficult. We went on a nice day. It would be more difficult on a hotter day. Take plenty of water either way.

    Bill Grenko reviewed Kwaay Paay Peak Trail

    about 2 years ago

    This is a short but difficult hike. It was a consistent upward grade the whole way and required some climbing. Coming back down was difficult and there were spots where you had to be very careful or you could lose your footing. It was a good workout and we were glad we brought plenty of water. It was in the upper 80's and there is not a lot of shade. Nice views from the summit of South and North Fortuna and of Cowles Mountain and Pyles Peak.

    Bill Grenko completed Kwaay Paay Peak Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Bill Grenko reviewed Wilderness Trail

    about 2 years ago

    I would rate this trail as easy to moderate in terms of difficulty. We hiked the trail clockwise. A majority of the first half of the trail followed creek bottoms and washouts. The trail was very narrow and overgrown in spots. There were also a number of downed trees. I lost track of how many creek beds we crossed. I would not recommend hiking after a significant rain. The water was down when we went and there were a couple of spots that took a some good leaps to cross. The second half of the hike was more moderate. Most of the elevation change was in the last couple of miles. I think this is a better hike in the early spring or late fall than it would be late spring and summer when the greenery around the trail starts to grow out. It may be worth another trip in mid-April for Morel Mushroom hunting in the creek bottoms and washouts. It was an OK hike mainly because of the distance. We completed the 8.5 miles in just under 3 hours.

    Bill Grenko completed Wilderness Trail Long Loop

    about 2 years ago

    Bill Grenko completed Trail Among the Trees

    over 2 years ago