LaBarque Creek Trail

MODERATE 108 reviews

LaBarque Creek Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pacific, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
462 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

river

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

LaBarque Creek is a 3-mile long trail located near Pacific, Missouri. The trail is primarily used for hiking. rugged, forested hills and steep, narrow valleys, canyons, bluffs and shelter caves carved into St. Peter sandstone. At least 52 species of fish have been identified in the creek and this diversity is almost three times greater than that of any of the 15 other tributaries of the Meramec River below LaBarque Creek. A variety of unique natural communities, such as sandstone glades, cliffs and seeps, exist in the watershed. Many migratory bird species breed in the area, including wood thrush, Acadian flycatcher, Eastern wood-pewee, worm eating warbler, ovenbird, yellow-throated vireo, summer tanager and great-crested flycatcher.

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful hike. On the strenuous side of moderate. So worth it for great features. No traffic noise. Seriously quiet, except for occasional gunfire from what I hope are firing ranges (heads up for those with PTSD). Water may be a challenge in the spring. Looking forward to it.

11 days ago

Most of the trail is moderate but does become a bit steeper and rocky as you climb up the ridge then it levels out. The terrain changes when you get to the west section of the trail and very pretty. I advise hiking boots and if you're not in moderate condition you might find this trail a bit challenging. It's one of my favorite trails because of light traffic.

12 days ago

I only did a mile and turned back because I have bad ankles. The trail was pretty but not out of the ordinary from what I saw. Luckily the ground was frozen because had it been wet or damp I would have been slipping and sliding all over due to the slopes and slants.

1 month ago

Looks like it will be a cool trail, however far too muddy today to hike it.

nature trips
1 month ago

Beautiful creek with lots of crawfish, turtles & tadpoles.

hiking
2 months ago

This 3 mile or so hiking trail is steep in some areas, the trail is also poorly marked and I could see it being easy to get lost with more vegetation. There is a creek crossing that's slightly difficult if you do not want to get wet in cold weather, but thankfully the water was low and we walked across next to a log and crawled up a mossy area. The sandstone is pretty in the one part.

3 months ago

Nice little trail.

This trail is beautiful and peaceful. it seemed to be lightly traveled. The big problem is that it desperately needs more markers. We got lost at the point where the trail crosses the creek. It wasn't marked at all. Thank God for the All Trails map and GPS, otherwise, I would've backtracked all the way to the beginning.

hiking
5 months ago

Excellent hike for being under three miles. Beautiful terrain, ranging from heavily wooded, to glades, to creek beds, to rocky bluffs. Moderate rating due to the hilly path with lots of exposed roots and loose rocks. Highly recommend pants and even long sleeve shirt due to narrow trails with overhanging foliage, to help repel ticks, chiggers, and poison ivy.

walking
6 months ago

It was nice and clean however the trial was over grown and not very well marked. Very hilly and pretty.

7 months ago

This was our first State Park hiking trip... it was a joy and fairly challenging hike... very clean area .

trail running
8 months ago

Love this trail in every season except summer. Went running there last night and it's getting very overgrown. Think I'll wait until fall before I hit it again. If you plan to visit soon you'd better brush up on what poison ivy looks like. Lots of it encroaching on the trail.

hiking
9 months ago

I'm surprised we didn't get lost with all the "off the beaten path" exploring we did! What a beautiful park! And the water movement after the rain sounded and looked so heavenly! Can't wait to go back!

hiking
9 months ago

Overall a nice hike. good elevation gains and feels isolated. Not much for photo vistas but does have some rock formations on the lower segment. I was trail running it, felt longer than 3 miles :P

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful scenery once you make it past a little further. Lots of exploring to do off trail; only picked off 3-4 ticks throughout the entire hike, not as bad as other trails.

There were about 5-6 cars in the parking lot, but we only interacted with one person and their dog. Lots of privacy and overall serene experience.
Hike took about 2 hours, but we ventured off trail a lot, and stopped for lunch. Ended up spending roughing 4 hours here. Well worth it.

hiking
10 months ago

all hills at the beginning of the hike. the water features aren't til the last of the hike. still a cool little hike.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail, went on a muddy and moderately rainy day so my dog and I had the loop to ourselves. Really cool natural formations especially the little waterfalls and streams.

hiking
11 months ago

Good hike, although muddy/slippery in some areas despite being the driest part of winter. I did need to find a walking stick to keep from sliding everywhere. Pretty, even in winter. Good elevation changes.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice trails with a fair amount of elevation. Some cool rock beds where the creek runs through near the 2 mile mark. Outside of that, a pretty standard hike.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Pretty good hike but it was rather muddy especially near the beginning where the new area is - even though the signs are set up to hike the trail in a clockwise fashion - you may want to go counterclockwise at the fork in the trail, as you will see the more scenic areas first and it will be less hilly. Also if you don't want to do the entire hike you will see the good areas going in this direction

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