Whispering Pines Trail

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Whispering Pines Trail is a 9.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ste Genevieve, Missouri that features a river and is rated as difficult. 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
9.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1174 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

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river

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Whispering Pines Loop Trail is a 9.2 mile loop trail consisting of two loops: the north loop is approximately six miles long and the south loop is approximately 3.75 miles. It meanders through a beautiful mixed hardwood and pine forest, crossing through streams and over scenic ridges. This trail is arguably the best, most scenic trail in the state. It has a little bit of everything, unusual rock formations, beautiful creeks, old forests, panoramic views, and wildlife. The trail can be strenuous at times, but the climbs are worthwhile as they afford fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. There is a connector trail that allows this trail to be cut in half to make a very nice shortened day hike. There are three backpacking campsites along the trail to accommodate an extended trip. This is one trail that should not be missed!

backpacking
3 days ago

Backpacked half the trail, camped over night, then finished the rest of the trail in the morning. Awesome views on this trail and well maintained. Be sure to checkout some the the little trails that go off course. Those were usually the best. But I'd have a map with you just incase. Also, there is campfire pits in the primitive camping spots along the trail. Even though it says no campfires. But i'm glad there was, because what is camping without a campfire?

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

backpacking
8 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

backpacking
27 days ago

Did Whispering Pines North and South Loops. My girl and I finished in under 2 days. We started late Tuesday and stayed at Primitive site 1; Wednesday we stayed at Primitive site 3, and then finished by noon on Thursday. The scenery was amazing; the only wish I had was that the water had been flowing. It would have made a better trip and easier access to water. I would definitely do this trail again!

hiking
1 month ago

Did the north and south loop, north loop had some tree damage and south loop a little overgrown all in all fun hike

backpacking
1 month ago

Backpacked this trail back in March. It's a beautiful trail and there aren't many people once you get into the southern loop. For the most part, the trail is very well marked and easy to follow. The constant change in terrain also keeps things interesting. I would say it's probably one of the most scenic trails I've backpacked/hiked in Missouri.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Did the north and south loop that make up this trail, which equals out to10 miles. The further out you go the less people you encounter if any at all. There are a few primitive camping spots off the trail for backpackers. There are places along the creeks that are ideal for lounging around on the rocks or shallow swimming. There are snakes around the water holes but most are harmless water snakes that will be more than happy to get away from you. The trail was a bit overgrown this summer so it is advisable to wear long pants. Please check for ticks frequently and wear any tick repellent if you can. Beautiful savannah pine, glade and oak/hickory forest habitats. I would rate this a moderate trail because there are only a few steep inclines but most of the trail is flat. There are a few overlooks that are worth pausing at. Take plenty of water and there is a spicket in the parking lot area to refill. Overall beautiful secluded hike.

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
2 months ago

Hiked this trail over the June 3-4 weekend. Not very crowded, although I heard Memorial Day weekend was busy. This is a great trail system that is well marked and has several camping areas in the back country. I camped overnight at camp 3, and met some nice folks that evening. Good water is about 200 feet away at Camp 3 and there are places for hammocks, and tents as well. I encountered a few mosquito's and only had a couple of ticks, but I wore long pants and sprayed up with Deet. If you climb 14'ers, this would be rated a Class 1 type trail, but still challenging in a couple spots near the knobs or hills, but all in all a beautiful way to spend a couple days. (North & South Loops)

backpacking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Day hiking the whole thing with 22 or so pounds on and it is TOUGH! Having some mountain house Lasagna to replenish calories

hiking
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

Really enjoyed this trip. See my uploaded track for more information.