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hiking
18 hours ago

Established gravel trail in the middle of St. Louis County. Mix of wooded and open areas. Met quite a few people, even in heavy snow.

This is my favorite place on Fort Leonard Wood!! It’s beautiful, a great workout and safe!! Love, love, love this trail!!

Great snow hiking trail!

hiking
3 days ago

When I have more time I plan to come back and explore the rocks below.

Great for kids. Nice trails.

hiking
3 days ago

Trail is nicely marked for parking and the start. Along the trail you cross water multiple times, slick and dangerous if you don’t have good hiking boots. There is construction and we were 20 feet away from condos. After the river splits, I’d advise to turn around. Past that is a little creepy and the ending is no wow factor, the waterfall is better. Waterfalls seem man-made, but the river is nice to walk along. The trail itself is not difficult.

This short trail runs around a small lake. Several ducks flew over before we could get close to the lake but other than that we didn’t see much else in the way of birds or other wildlife.

Very easy, paved loop.

hiking
4 days ago

This trail leads mostly around the prairie but it does go by the south edge of the lake. There are several ponds that it passes by in the prairie. The trail is a mowed path about 6 foot in width.

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Three of us completed this section trailrunning on 12/31/18. We first ran a 5m outnback on the Courtois section turning around at Schnapps Branch and then ran the whole section point to point SoBo with a few hours of constant rain. Parts of the trail became streams but still we had no problem crossing creeks. Our feet were wet the whole time but we still had an awesome time. For the whole Trace Creek section it was 26m and around 3200’ of gain per my Garmin Fenix 3 .

Had a great time trailrunning with a couple friends this entire segment on 01/06/18. We found it very runnable with just a few trees to hop. We ran point to point starting at Council Bluff lake, running 4 miles to the beginning of the Middle Fork section ending at Hwy J parking near Oates. My Garmin Fenix 3 recorded this section point to point SoBo as22.89 miles with 2800ft of gain. Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/2060795375/shareable_images/map_based?hl=en-US&v=1546811321

Awesome hike with our GSD mix. First half was easy and relaxing. Second half was fun! Plenty of hills and rocks! Glad we went from Lone Elk to West Tyson and back because we were really happier to have a more relaxing bike back to the car. Took us 7 hours with stops.

Great trail. Even has a cut through that reduces it by around two miles.

horseback riding
4 days ago

a great day ride trail. easy trail well marked but fun. 9 miles 1 steep hill.

Very special area, very scenic and worth the short hike.

hiking
5 days ago

Simple walk but fun.

fun trek. but as the map shows you cut through a playground like area, close to a road/busy street, also a lot of zig zag. my biggest complaint is that there are a ton of elevation changes (not drastic heights n drops, probably a foot or two at most) but it adds up on your knees. the trail is clearly made for biking. app and trail head have two different lengths, my step counter was closer to the TH than app (5mi vs 4mi)

great hike. beautiful sights of the river. it starts as lewis &clark but the the two trails split mid way. the app says its 4.7 miles but the trail head said 5.3.

great hike. beautiful sights of the river. it starts as lewis &clark but the the two trails split mid way. the app says its 4.7 miles but the trail head said 5.3.

trail running
6 days ago

Great trail for hiking or trail running. Stay on the rim like in the map for inclines and declines. Definitely nice views and good location

The trail was definitely moderate to hard. Lots of thorn bushes hanging over path. The horse ruts make walking the actual trail almost impossible. We had to bushwack our own trail through a lot of it. It was muddy, but my guess is it stays that way because the deep horse ruts fill up with water and never dry out. Probably won't return to this trail.
Also, there were several creek crossings, so be prepared for that. If they were any higher, we may have gotten a little wet.
It would be a great horse trial though. And I think the boy scouts camp here as well.
All that being said, it was a really good work out and we had a great time being outdoors.

Great overlooks, beautiful water crossings!! Everthing a hiker wants. Some steep inclines and rocky areas as well as long flat walks though the trees. My favorite trail!!!

great short trail around the small lake. be careful if it has been raining a lot of the trail is just above the high watery line of the lake

The half-circle around the pond is paved, as is the bit reached by hopping on a few stones across the stream (waterproof shoes recommended!). A large horse farm is located by the long straight stretch, with lots of grazing horses to admire. The rest is dirt and wood chips. Nice, no trash, and the occasional informative sign about watersheds and forests. Not many people out on a cool winter afternoon, but saw 3 whitetail deer, a beaver, lots of ducks, and what appeared to be large koi fish in the pond!

Well worn path but mostly in the woods. Easy trail and a nice walk in the woods.

hiking
6 days ago

This is a nice little loop for a quick workout with lots of good bluff views and low creek sights within the 3 miles. Great for when you don't have time for the entire wilderness area

I love this trail it’s great for families with smaller kids because of the paved surface but it’s still beautiful and a lot of breathtaking views of the lake lots of wildlife. My older boys ride bikes while I walk with my baby girl in her stroller so it works out great for my family.

7 days ago

pretty easy trail but great for a run

hiking
7 days ago

Rocky path that was muddy in places despite little recent rain. Would definitely recommend good hiking shoes, as I stubbed my toes and tripped a few times, and would have been hurting without my boots. Very difficult to read the signs, and without the downloaded map from this app, I would have gotten lost easily. Lots of mountain bikers at the parking lot, but didn’t run into many people on the trails. Came across several whitetail deer, though! The scenery was nice along the river, and I’m sure it will be prettier with foliage. The mapped route was about 6.2 miles and took about 1 hour 45 minutes at a good clip, though I did go down the wrong path and have to turn back several times.

Hiking on a mountain bike trail offers a strange paradox. On one hand you have the subtleties of a climb that makes a hike more like a hearty stroll. You can gain the reward of an eminence or a view with minimal sweat equity and just some tennis shoes. On the other hand you have the mountain bikers-often brusque and moving fast.
But on this January day, the cyclists were friendly and the view was spectacular! It was a two hour round trip for me and I clocked exactly five miles from the lower parking area to the upper...wonderful walk in the woods!

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