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

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

river

views

blowdown

rocky

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!

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Favorite hike in Missouri! Just did the North Loop for the second time on 9/2/17. Boyfriend, pup, and I finished the loop in about 3 hours with a few swimming breaks (for the pup) and a stop for water/photos here and there. Great hike for dogs, especially if they love to swim! East side of the North loop was dry so be sure to bring extra water for your furry friends.
Bug spray for us two-leggers and flea/tick collar for the canine kept us all bug-free (and we wore shorts).

Trail was a bit overgrown at parts and lots of downed trees, but was still well-marked.

hiking
25 days ago

backpacking
25 days ago

I did the north and south loop. was beautiful. 4 hours day one and 2 hours 10 min day 2. probably shorter for some more experienced and longer for those less experienced. creek was not very deep when I went. you cross the creek several times throughout trip but I did not have to get my feet wet at any point. beautiful views near the point north and south loops meet. clearly marked. 3 primitive designated campsites. many other places to pitch a tent if you had to. no fires allowed. up and down hills a lot. climbs get you winded but plenty of flat areas also. some areas overgrown on trail especially south loop. wear pants. bring bug spray. some trees in way of trail to go over. loved it. will do again

hiking
28 days ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Did a quick overnight trip after work on a Friday. Hiked in Friday afternoon/evening, stayed at backpack site 2, and hiked rest of trail Saturday morning. Stream is about 100ft from the camping site 2. South trail was a little overgrown. make sure to wear bug spray, got bitten up walking through the tall grasses. There are some hills that will get you out of breath. However, they don't last long and there is plenty of flat ground to catch your breath.

hiking
1 month ago

Very peaceful. It was first hiking trip. Great mixture of flat land, hills, rocks, water, and overlooks. Not highly trafficked at all. Definitely will be back.

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month 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
1 month ago

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backpacking
1 month ago

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hiking
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months 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
2 months ago

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