Lewis and Clark Trail - Lewis Trail

MODERATE 370 reviews

Lewis and Clark Trail - Lewis Trail is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near St Charles, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
7.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1204 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

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nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Stunning views of the Missouri River Bluffs, Best hike in Metro Area This is the most scenic hike in the Metro St. Louis Area. Three sections of the trail pass by limestone cliffs and bluff escarpments where hikers enjoy a beautiful view of the Missouri River. These sections require you to take a short spur off of the main trail. The bluffs are usually about 25 yards from the main trail. These sections come up in the first 2 miles of the hike. Moderately strenuous for Missouri hiking. One possible, yet easy, creek crossing in wet weather. Be sure, at the creek crossing, to take the fork that heads NORTH or else you will be doing the full 8.2 mile loop (Lewis Trail).

hiking
3 days ago

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trail running
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hiking
8 days ago

One of the best hikes close to St. Louis. Lots of river bluff views (would be amazing in the fall), good elevation gain, pretty stone creek beds. Did the Lewis loop. Well marked, with the exception of a couple confusing intersections. Seemed like 8+ miles. Good workout.
Negatives- Very busy trail. If you like people this is your jam...especially the first 2 miles.
I didn't see any trash cans or restrooms at the trailhead.... So the first 1/2 mile was full of litter and pee. Come on man... This is an extremely popular trail, install some trash cans at the parking lot and a porta-potty.

11 days ago

great hike,,, enjoyed it so much,,, get back to car and someone broke in and stole purse,,, they did it to at least 2 other lots.. DON'T BRING ANYTHING..
apparently this happens all the time here and no one has posted anything about it..

hiking
13 days ago

We did the Lewis Trail today (a Saturday). Perfect weather and no need for bug spray today. Thanks to these reviews, we arrived early (just after sunrise) and are glad we did. By the time we completed the trail, the parking area was double- and triple-parked with cars waiting to find a spot. We agree with others who say the Lewis and Clark Trails are two of the most beautiful in the area. We will definitely be back.

hiking
13 days ago

mountain biking
15 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Lewis trail is the better of the 2 here. Clark can get overgrown & seemed less trafficked. Nice elevation changes & mostly easy trail.

18 days ago

On weekends heavily trafficked but if you are looking for a longer walk with beautiful views of the Missouri River then this is the trail. The Lewis trail is 8 miles and the Clark trail is 5 miles. Needs better markings though.

hiking
19 days ago

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26 days ago

hiking
30 days ago

Being the bug spray. The trail is well marked. Some challenging hills and cut backs but for the most part easy to moderate. Single file most of the trail. Some great Missouri River scenes

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hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail that takes you along the bluffs of the Missouri River. Perfect way to enjoy a gorgeous day. The fall colors are spectacular and shaded for those warmer months. The parking can get a little crowded on the weekends but don't let that scare you off....this is definitely a hike you don't want to miss!

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