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Young Conservation Area

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This route hits all the wooded, mostly singletrack, trails in the Young Conservation Area with little overlap.


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6.5

Miles

10.5

KM

Loop

812' 248 m

High

438' 134 m

Low

585' 178 m

Up

591' 180 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek

There is bow-hunting allowed during the season. Check posting on the website and parking lot before you hike.

Overview

A not-too-tough hike that takes you on a nice, steady climb to the top of a ridge and back down. There are several, sometimes dry, creek crossings as well as a crossing of LaBarque Creek which is always full.

Need to Know

There are a few creek crossings that shouldn't cause concern unless you're hiking during a gully washer.

Description

Start off by hitting the trail at the end of the gravel parking lot. Stay straight until you get to a house that forces you to take a right and go across concrete bridge. Go up the hill and take a slight right to get on the main Taconic Loop Trail. Take the next right to get on the Taconic Loop. When the loop comes back to the main trail, take a right and take the LaBarque Hills Trail loop clockwise. The first half is flat for a half mile or so then starts a steady climb to the top of the hill. The second half is a dip, then rise, then two nice downhills until a rolling finish.

There are several creek crossings here and some nice rock/creek features near the bottom of the loop. Finish by staying straight on the main trail once you reach the Taconic Loop. After crossing the concrete bridge and making the turn back to the lot, go left at the junction and take the bottom trail the goes along LaBarque Creek. Take the first right back to the parking lot.

Flora & Fauna

A lot of Cedar trees.

Contacts

Shared By:

Robert Walker

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Nice creek with interesting rock features at the bottom of the loop
Feb 12, 2018 near Byrnes…, MO
Concrete bridge that goes over LaBarque Creek near trailhead
Feb 12, 2018 near Byrnes…, MO
LaBarque Creek would be tempting in the hot, humid St. Louis summers
Feb 12, 2018 near Byrnes…, MO
One of several harmless creek crossings on the trail.
Feb 12, 2018 near Byrnes…, MO

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