Lone Wolf Trail [CLOSED]

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Castlewood State Park

Lone Wolf Trail is a 1.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ballwin, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.7 miles Elevation Gain: 223 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

running

beach

forest

river

views

muddy

closed

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. This trail parallels the River Scene Trail on top of the bluffs before plunging into the Kiefer Creek valley. The trail then follows the south bank of Kiefer Creek. There is also a creek crossing that connects this trail with Grotpeter Trail. The trail was originally built to allow bicyclists access to the bluff area, but it is also an excellent hiking trail. Features along the trail include beautiful ridge top views, fern covered bluffs and a gravel strewn creek bed. The trail is named in honor of the Lone Wolf Club, a speak easy/tavern from the historic resort era. The club is adjacent to the park near the trail on private property.

hiking
2 hours ago

It is absolutely essential to get to this location early to secure parking. It was fairly busy but we found easy parking. And we went on the Lone Wolf Trail but then we went on to the Red Trail to get a better view of the Meramec River. So the distance that we walked is not at all accurate. It's listed as moderately difficult and I would say yes because of the rocky footing in some places. There were a few mud-puddles but we were able to weave around them.

hiking
muddy
8 days ago

hiking
muddy
16 days ago

running
1 month ago

How can I not love the Lone Wolf? I learned trail running on flat trails but the Lone Wolf was the second elevated trail I ran on with the first being the Bootleggers trail in Creve Coeur,Mo. I did fine on the Lone Wolf which allowed me to graduate up to the River Scene and the Gropeter. When you trail run shorten your stride to a near stutter step. I found out the hard way on the Lone Wolf.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. You’re never alone and there will be dogs.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

muddy
rocky
2 months ago

This trail starts off with a hefty rocky incline but once you're past the rocky gravel part it gets pretty flat and is easy to do. You can always start at the end and work backwards if the hill is too intimidating.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

muddy
3 months ago

I may be an amateur but it was pretty long I personally didn't like it but I almost slipped in multiple spots.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Snow!

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
4 months ago

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
5 months ago

This is a shorter trail but it starts off with a steady, rocky, moderate incline. Once you get to the top you have a view of the river below. There is a small stream running through the lower section. It was a little muddy today but not enough to require boots or waterproof shoes. The trail is shared by bicycles but today there were only a few.

hiking
icy
snow
5 months ago

Beautiful river bluff views with alot of lookout points. After walking up the bluffs this path winds you back down to the creek, looping back to the entrance. Today walking up the bluff along the river was okay as both sides had clear pathways, despite all the ice. Coming back down was extremely challenging due to all the ice along the path. Ended up walking down through the woods and along the creek. My 4 year old was able to tough it out.

hiking
5 months ago

Just a delightful trail! Just like a roller coaster at nearby Six Flags, you begin by a straight up onslaught of the hill. But just when you want to stop and catch your breath, you’re at the top and a lovely bench with a pristine view awaits you! Looking over the Meramec River valley is a just reward for the past climb. After the second little climb, be sure to bear right onto the bike trail or else you’ll be on the equally lovely River Scene trail (red blaze). After that last view the trail heads gently downhill through a meandering path down to Kiefer Creek for the flat, half mile jaunt back to the car lot. Not a bad way to spend an hour-and no boots needed!

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

One junction about 3/4 way in that wasn’t marked well. Other than that great trail.

hiking
7 months ago

beautiful views from the top. I'd call it easy, there is only 1 hill at the beginning for real.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful scenic trails.The trails do intersect and can be a little confusing, but worth it.

hiking
bugs
8 months ago

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