Rocky Woods Trail

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Rocky Woods Trail is a 5.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near De Soto, 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
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
941 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Rocky Woods Trail takes you through Washington State Park. Lots of civilian conservation corp stonework, expansive views from several stone buildings, stone "steps" in some areas, small caves, springs. Many other natural wonders to behold. Connects to the shorter 1000 Steps Trail. The Rocky Woods Trail is a 6 mile demanding hike that takes you up along rocky bluffs that offer a lot of climbing/bouldering opportunities, expansive views, and down through creek beds and beautiful wooded areas, and up though open fields that offer even more expansive views. Very up and down, very rough terrain, use caution after heavy rains. Very beautiful. Good shoes a must.

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Very nice trail - did not see anyone else on the trail but the section near the road was very loud with car noise. There are a lot of different types of areas on this trail - this trail also overlaps with the Opossum Track Trail and the 1000 steps trail - it also passes by the petroglyphs area where you can stop off at.

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9 months ago

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10 months ago

FYI - Trailhead starts at the lodge for those looking for it. I had to do a bit of driving around to find it, and the state park maps were not of much assistance.

Maybe I'm hard to impress, but to me, this was just an average hike. It was a clean trail with relatively well-marked blazes. It was fall, so the dropped leaves sometimes made it difficult to find the trail.

All in all, it's a nice hike, I wouldn't consider it difficult. It's a tad long for some. But really from an elevation gain, I did not find myself out of breath while hiking.

Some neat rocks and geological features along the trail as well as some overlooks. I could hear the roads and local gun range while hiking, so that took a little bit of the "getting away" feeling that I typically want. But, the trail itself was not busy at all and only ran into one other hiker.

I also agree with the rocks and tree roots. If you're new to hiking or have weak ankles, this is a trail you might want to consider some footgear with some support or take trekking poles.

If you want something to test out your new backpack\boots and trekking poles on, and don't want to get too far away from your car\civilization where you're hurting or lugging something you hate, this is your trail.

I'd give it 3.5 stars if I could.

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10 months ago

One word. Awesome! Trail was very clean and well marked. My only issue was that I was looking down A LOT. Someone else mentioned that this was the trail to sprain an ankle. I agree! Take it easy and be careful on this trail.

All in all I highly recommend this trail to anyone and everyone.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Really enjoyed this hike! I disagree with the hard rating. If you have done serious hiking and/or backpacking this hike will be more moderate. There are no switchbacks. It's well marked, but 3/4 into the hike the trail abruptly ends at an outdoor pavilion. It picks up again and the other side of the pavilion, on the right. However, you won't see the orange blaze until you go down the trail a little. The steepest part is after this, when it connects to the 1,000 Steps Trail. However, it's all downhill. The trail ends at the trail head sign for 1,000 Steps, which faces the lodge. I found the trail beautiful and was happily surprised by a section with wild roses!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Very difficult to do the whole thing. 1,000 Steps Trail was closed but it was the only way back so we did it anyway. First, it is a trail that is constant steep descends and ascends. Lots of medium to large size rocks that are pointy, slick, shaky, unstable and jetting up out of everywhere. Tree roots, too. If ever there were a trail to sprain your ankle on, this is it. Ending with 1,000 steps is super challenging. This made The Chubb seem like no big deal. Great way to burn 4,000 calories. Not for beginners or people without strong will. Great for training, though. Carried 50 lb pack and found it to be great training.

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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

I love this trail!

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