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Lewis Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (32) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A wonderful jaunt just southwest of St. Louis with rocks, water, trees, and views. A local favorite.


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7.7

Miles

12.5

KM

Loop

721' 220 m

High

514' 157 m

Low

751' 229 m

Up

784' 239 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This is a great escape if you are living in St. Louis, or a great stop-off if traveling through St. Louis. The route is rolling, with a pretty high level of solitude for being so close to a large city. There are several overlooks of the Missouri River and the eastern forest is always appreciated by me.

The trail can be (and almost always has parts that are) very muddy.

If looking for a shorter option, or a longer by doubling up a loop, you can also choose to hike the Clark Trail which reduces this loop down to 5.2 miles by cutting through the middle of this loop.

Need to Know

There is plenty of parking, but it can fill up on the weekends. If the parking area is full, you can park just north of the trailhead at another parking area used for the bike trail and hike to the trailhead. Fear not, even with the trailhead full, the trail itself still does not attain the sense of being crowded.

Description

For this trail, there is not much to describe. It is simply a pleasant hike through the woods.

From the trailhead, start up the dirt road to the left. Signs will guide you, and you'll soon find yourself on nice, padded, gently-rolling, singletrack. After a couple of miles, the trail begins to climb to the top of the bluff overlooking the river. The views are great. I tis definitely worth heading to the rock ledges for a gander.

The trail will roll along the bluff before dropping down to the right and away from the river about 6 miles in. This is a steep, rocky, and often muddy section.

The last couple of miles spend a lot of time rolling and following a couple of creeks. Simply follow the trail, which will result in one last climb up the side of a hill returning you to the trailhead.

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  4.3 from 32 votes

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Absolutely beautiful snow covered hike
Jan 12, 2020 near Weldon…, MO
Fall leaves looking toward the river.
Nov 12, 2016 near Weldon…, MO
Missouri River overlook
Jul 2, 2015 near Weldon…, MO
Plenty of eastern hardwoods.
Jul 2, 2015 near Weldon…, MO

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Jun 26, 2020
Teri Clemens
Did Clark today. Awesome today. Little mud...easy to navigate. LOVE LOVEZ this trail. Next week: Lewis! Best trail in st louis 5.2mi — 2h 10m
Mar 21, 2020
Elizabeth Mannen
Great day to hike this! Cold, sunny, spring day. Muddy, especially in the creek areas, but great views from the bluffs, diversity of trail.
Oct 13, 2019
Rick Ihnat
8.3mi — 75h 00m
Sep 21, 2019
Ryan Butler
Aug 2, 2019
Addie Miller
Beautiful trail, the Lewis portion was a little tricky with overgrown trail and trail hazards; but it led to an amazing overlook 8.3mi
Jul 27, 2019
Christopher Gotthelf
8.4mi — 2h 50m
Apr 7, 2019
Kyle Hack
Jan 7, 2019
Neal C
8.2mi