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A rugged foot-travel only trail with several backpacking sites along the route.


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Map Key

9.0

Miles

14.5

KM

Loop

940' 286 m

High

619' 189 m

Low

904' 275 m

Up

904' 276 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

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Features Commonly Backpacked · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly With varied terrain, and a beautiful spring as a year-round pit stop, this is a great route for families with older kids.

Overview

This loop trail offers a great view of the river off the bluff, and a really lovely spring at the back end. With multiple backpacking campsites along the loop, this trail makes for a great first time backpacking outing or a nice day hike.

Need to Know

Usually there are three or four creek crossings - all have been shallow under normal conditions. The park itself is subject to seasonal flooding. There is a connector available to shorten the route (~6 miles total), and the trail crosses the 185 Spur twice. Cell reception is good from atop the ridges.

Description

It's strongly recommend that hikers take this route counterclockwise - you'll go down a steep grade at the start (~mile 2) and gradually make it back after you start the return trip up out of the valley after seeing the spring. It's a butt kicker to do clockwise - my phone counted it at 35 flights of stairs, which kinda stinks for mile 7!

Along the way, there will be plenty of ups and downs no matter which way you decide to go. The route is well shaded though, which makes it a pleasant and scenic loop no matter what time of year you visit, and especially beautiful and pleasant in the fall. Keep your wits about you if you're travelling in the spring, as the trail can be slippery!

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Keri Lloyd

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Photos

Beautiful fall foliage awaits in Meramec State Park.
Jan 24, 2017 near Sullivan, MO
Toward the end of my hike in Meramec State Park, I was held captive by a snake across the trail. You have to zoom in to see it, but I'm pretty sure it was a 15 ft anaconda...
Jan 24, 2017 near Sullivan, MO
A beautiful October hike in Meramec State Park begins with leaf-covered trail in dense hardwood forests.
Jan 24, 2017 near Sullivan, MO
Baxter the Adventure Dog enjoys the spring.
Jan 24, 2017 near Sullivan, MO

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