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blue Lewis Trail

  4.2 ( 26 ) Favorite

Trail

7.7 mile 12.5 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 751' 229 m
Descent: -784' -239 m
High: 721' 220 m
Low: 514' 157 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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Trail shared by Greta Noack

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

Greta Noack

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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Apr 7, 2019
Kyle Hack
Jan 7, 2019
Neal C
8.2mi
Sep 9, 2018
Carman Merritt
Such a fun hike! Beautiful views and a fun trek through the woods! 8.3mi
Apr 28, 2018
Bridget Fox
Jan 20, 2018
Nicole Barth
Jan 20, 2018
Justinne Guyton
Muddy!!
Nov 24, 2017
Matt Smith
Sep 30, 2017
Luke Laws
Took the Clark shortcut - lots of woods with a few nice overlooks. Gets repetitive but a nice hike and not very crowded! 5.2mi

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  4.2 from 26 votes

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