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6 days ago

Lots of mud today and trees down. Creek is beautiful!

my all time favorite trail near st Charles. bring water!!

One of my favorite trails for variety and views, but the trail is beat up really bad. Not sure if there are plans to repair it. Be careful of slippery mud sections during thaw or severely uneven path when frozen.

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.

This was a great hike if you are truly looking for an easy hike in the woods. The first loop was an easy mile. The trail is flat and would be accommodating for a stroller. The second loop was also an easy hike, but had some spots that were pretty muddy with ruts from tires (as some of the trail is service roads). The longer loop would probably be more accommodating to a stroller when it is not so wet.
Along both trails were bunkers from the WW2 era. These were pretty interesting to encounter along the way.
If you choose to hike the longer loop, make sure to be using this app (or other GPS trail app) as there are a number of crossroads and the trail is not blazed well.

This is a beautiful trail! Well kept but not very well marked in some places. However, the trail is fairly easy to follow.

This is my go-to workout trail.

One of my favorites. Great all year round!

Great day for a hike. Views of the Missouri River were great. Our tracker has it closer to 8.6 miles. Did the loop in 3 1/2 hours

Easy, mostly flat, wooded, dirt/Sandy trail, muddy spots, nice view of river. Scouts built a bench in 2009

One of my favorite trails to hike!

Ran this trail, challenging hills, decent straight aways, definitely do it again

One of my favorite trails to hike! The bluff overlooks are beautiful and there's two options based on what length of hike you want. It does get busy on the weekends in the spring/summer.

first mile loop was paved and great for kids with stroller

very fun trail! family just went from trailhead to river lookout and back but look forward to doing whole loop without little kids!

This is an excellent trail, well maintained, and with breathtaking vistas of the Missouri River basin sprinkled along the backside of the route. The trail features shorter five mile loop as well as the longer seven to eight mentioned here. Seriously one of my favorite day hikes - I stop here at least a few times a year.

Also good for trail running in my experience.

Be very careful during wet seasons. I hiked this trail this weekend and ended up slipping on a muddy hill and breaking my ankle. The EMTs said that they have to pull someone off the trail once or twice a month. Very beautiful trail other than that.

A great hike with pretty views! It was pretty muddy though!

My favorite trail near me.

Nice view of the Missouri river with some good elevation change. Wide, even path and well-trafficked.

I've hiked and ran both the Lewis & Clark. It is by far the best trail around! As others have discussed, depending on the time of year it can be muddy and mosquitos can carry you away. The trails can get a little busy on the weekend but it isn't normally very bad. Parking can be an issue.

The Clark can be hiked in around 2-2.5 hours.

The signage was way to inaccurate. The sign said we were .1 miles away, but it was closer to to 2 miles. I would not hike here again.

Hiked on 10/16/2018, and there were no mosquitos (yeah!!). I have hiked the Clark Trail, and the longer Lewis version. Trees are starting to turn. By 11/1, this will be an incredible hike with beautiful bluff views.

For a special treat, hike about 1 mile to the first bluff for the sunset. Easy hike back with a head lamp.

I did the Lewis Trail on a warm Tuesday in early October. The bluffs, ridges, and valleys were enjoyable. Although there are more bluff views on the overlapping Clark Trail portion, there is one bluffview on the Lewis Trail that surpasses all the bluffviews on the Clark section.

Athough I encountered 20+ hikers on the Clark Trail section, I didn't encounter a single person on the Lewis section of the trails.

A word about mosquitoes: although they were bearable on the Clark Trail they were quite thick on the Lewis Trail. I believe the reason is that on the Lewis Trail there are many more creek bed crossings that can hold some standing water. I hope to return after mosquito season is over. It was a nice hike.

My Alltrails/GPS indicated a hiked distance of 10.4 miles and a traveling time of 3:34.

It was a nice hike but we were lunch for lots of mosquitoes. We went on 9/30/18. I will go back again but next time will make sure to put on Mosquito repellent.

Gorgeous and shaded trail with a spectacular view of river. Pretty easy overall except few hill where you will break a sweat.

Nice trail. Marked well. Went on a Friday morning, saw several other hikers/runners. Beautiful view overlooking the Missouri River. Good workout. Enjoyed it a lot.

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