Lone Wolf Trail

MODERATE 258 reviews
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Lone Wolf Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately 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 best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
223 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

river

views

muddy

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.

2 months ago

Lovely hike along riverside! Some of the trail is on the edge of a steep cliff.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail along the river.

hiking
8 months ago

moderately challenging and pretty hike. 1 steep hill but the view at the end is beautiful. plenty of little kids, families, dogs, runners, and bikers. i hiked it solo and felt safe because of all the people.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice little trail with some challenging hills and a good variety of scenery: cliftop views, deep woods with steep sides, and a long creekside stroll.

hiking
11 months ago

Took a wrong turn but scenery was great.

hiking
11 months ago

I started out on the Lone Wolf trail and took a wrong turn onto the River Scene Trail. I noticed at about .2 mile after I should have turned and decided to keep going. Lots of great vistas overlooking the Meremac on both trails. The first .5 miles is a pretty steep incline but the views are worth it. That said, both trails could use more distinct markings. Orange and red are a little too similar for trails that intersect. Also, the River Scene Trail could use more markings toward the end. If it hadn't been for the recording feature in the All Trails app, I might still be wandering around in the woods.

11 months ago

Nice trail - steep incline in the beginning. Great views of the river at the top.

hiking
11 months ago

Excellent trail! Can't wait to try the river scene trail next.

hiking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Great hike! Very scenic with a decent workout mixed in

Saturday, June 10, 2017

We enjoyed this trail a lot. Very scenic with some moderate to steeper inclines. Nice workout!

hiking
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Gorgeous trail, would easily be one of my favorites if it weren't for the high amount of foot traffic. If you're considering visiting Castlewood, go early during the week. This place is PACKED on weekends! Very scenic, dog-friendly (but PLEASE pick up after your dog and keep it on-leash). Can be muddy in spots. Lots of little off-shoots to explore for scenery. I did this loop and River Scene Trail together for a nice hike. This one has a pretty steep incline at "the stairs" if you aren't entering from the west end, so be prepared. The stairs are VERY narrow and can be difficult to pass others, especially with dogs. When I went a few months ago, some of the slats on the steps were missing and my dog fell through. They seemed to have been fixed the last time I went though, just be cautious.

I prefer the Lewis & Clark trails (near Defiance, MO) only because it is far less trafficked on weekends.

hiking
Monday, April 03, 2017

Followed the red markers on the trees and ended up crossing the train tracks. Do not make the same mistake. Very misleading.

Monday, March 13, 2017

This trail was a good way to build muscles and exercise

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

One of the easier hikes in this park. Beautiful views

Friday, February 17, 2017

This trail felt longer than it was. It was a lovely hike.

hiking
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Nice trail - some nice scenic overlooks

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

Lovely hike by a river and with fantastic views from the bluffs. This trail has some traffic on a Saturday morning, but overall less busy than the River Scene Trail and, in my opinion, more serene and beautiful.

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

Beautiful views. Good challenge for my 6 year old son.

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

Perfect short hike with great scenery. Valley overlook is amazing.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Great trail, well beaten, with good views. Very well populated.

hiking
Monday, August 01, 2016

IMO, one of the best parks and trails in the county. Great for a quick walk, run, or hike through a beautiful area. Awesome place to get some regular exercise.

It is dog friendly but is best to keep them on leash.

Bring bug spray during the summer. There are ticks and mosquitos.

trail running
Sunday, July 24, 2016

Great trail. One of my favorites for a quick run. Really steep to start out but the views of the river from the top are spectacular. The back of the trail runs right along the river and is very nice.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Alot of fun, a little harder for a beginner like me, but beautiful veiws :)

hiking
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Beautiful views and moderately challenging. We will definitely be back!

hiking
Sunday, June 05, 2016

Fantastic place to hike! Has some awesome views once you hit the top that are always worth the hike up.

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

Beautiful Memorial Day hike! Great lookout points throughout. Did Lone Wolf Trail & met many other hikers-all friendly.
Loved diverse terrain!

hiking
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

One of the most beautiful parks in the area. Lots of places to sit along the bluffs and take in the beauty.

hiking
Monday, May 23, 2016

Close to the city's suburbs, foot traffic is high during the summer. Great for leg day as bluff section of the trail is a fast ascent/descent.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Not too much traffic in mid-April. Sandy beaches and beautiful views of clean water.

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