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Lone Wolf Trail- Castlewood State Park

Ballwin, MO

Lone Wolf Trail is a 1.5 mile loop trail located near Ballwin, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for camping, hiking, mountain biking & walking.

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Young Conservation Area - Taconic Loop Trail
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9 Completed 7 Reviews

It was 14 degrees this morning when I pulled out of the driveway on my way to Young Conservation Area near Eureka, Missouri. I had hopes of putting in a 6+ mile hike by combining the Taconic Loop Trail and the Labarque Hills Trail, but it was not mean to be today. As I passed the power lines and down in to the creek bottom to take the Taconic Trail Loop trail, the trail was covered in ice that had not yet melted from the previous winter storms. In the short time I started to the ascend the hill I busted my butt twice and opted to turn around and hike this trail again, when there isn't snow and ice covering the trail. But, I definitely want to get back to this conversation area to tackle these trails, very neat piece of property. Lots of deer sign everyway on this trail.
In the end, according to the Garmin Oregon, I hiked 3.4 miles in about 1-1/2 hrs, including stops for photos and such. Definitely could have moved faster but the ice had me walking more cautiously in spots.

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Coy Bald Trail (Hercules Glade Wilderness, Mark Twain National Forest)
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

This is one of the most secluded areas to hike in the area. Since it's not on the beaten path there's a lot fewer weekend warriors and a lot more solitude. Trails are poorly marked so take a topo map. We didn't have a 4WD vehicle and barely made it up to the parking area in perfectly dry weather! So, keep that in mind. We didn't have time to do a 2-day, but, in the 4 hours we hiked we only passed one guy with his 2 dogs.

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Quail Ridge County Park Trail
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9 Completed 6 Reviews

I've taken my son hiking on this trail. It's also bicycle friendly and has various routes to take. Make sure to leave the park before dusk...I ended up getting an earful from the park ranger for being on the trail too late. :-)

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OPOSSUM TRACK TRAIL
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23 Completed 6 Reviews

Great challenging trail that has significant elevation gains and can be completed in under one hour if you keep a steady pace. Great views from a bluff that overlooks Big River! I have hiked this trail several times but today the trail had my preferred conditions, 1-2 inches of snow on the ground. The snow made for a great workout!

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Katy Trail: Sedalia Trailhead
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465 Completed 474 Reviews

Great section of the Katy trail, much to do in the area, camped at the state fairgrounds.

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Rock Pile Mountain Wilderness Area Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

If you enjoy a solitary hike through the woods and you're able to navigate with a compass and map (or a GPS) this may be just the hike you're looking for. I hiked this area back in May of 2014 and wrote a blog entry on it here: http://www.localtrekshiking.com/2014/05/rock-pile-mountain-great-place-to-get.html
The total loop is around 12.5 miles or so, but seriously, it's best to hit up the sort 8 mile in and out to the top of Little Grass Mountain to see the "Rockpile" there. The trail is sparse, unmarked, and occasionally, non existent. WARNING: People do get lost out here, on our journey we met another local hiker who told us the blazes we found were left by the fire department who had been called in to rescue some lost hikers near the top of Little Grassy Mountain a few months prior to our hike. There have been black bears spotted in the area, although we did not see any evidence of them on our hike (and I really looked as we traveled, hoping for a little something) so be careful with food stuffs if you plan to camp, best to tree it outside of camp as opposed to having a hungry hair behemoth in your camp.

The "Rockpile" itself is pretty interesting, despite how it may or may not have been made. Makes a good spot to take some pictures. But the area reminds me a bit of Buford Mountain here, no awe inspiring vistas to be had do to all the trees, but still worth the hike.

Personally, I loved the solitude and peacefulness of the area, I couldn't hear cars, loud hikers, or any man made sounds other than my boots on trail...

Cell Reception: Pretty much ZERO once you leave the trailhead although, I did get a bar on the top of Little Grassy Mountain. Which happened to be another reason for my love of this area :)

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Devil's Icebox trail
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465 Completed 474 Reviews

Unique natural feature. Park has up to 12 miles total hiking, mountain biking, or horse back riding trails. Great picnic areas.

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Myron and Sonya Glassberg Family Conservation Area - Glassberg Trail
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9 Completed 7 Reviews

Since I just finished up a 3.6 mile hike down the road at LaBarque Creek CA and still hadn't eaten lunch, I thought it was a good time to check out the new Glassberg Conservation Area on Hwy FF near Eureka.

This is a pretty cool piece of property and the drive along hwy FF is starting to become a pretty cool piece of conservation land; with Glassberg CA totaling 427 acres, LaBarque Creek CA totaling 1207 acres, and Young CA totaling 1124 acres.

This particular property was owned by the Buder family, and apparently used to host a hunting lodge back in the 1920's; so it might be interesting to learn more about this property (as the last fact was told to me by two hikers i met at the scenic overlook on the trail).

Since this is a relatively new conservation area, the trail was relatively new as well. Not a lot of features to see like LaBarque Creek CA, but the winner is the scenic overview. Which i found a nice rockface complete with a Henry David Thoreau quote to settle in for a longer than anticipated lunch. During this hike, I went left at the fork in in the loop, which led me the long way around and to the overlook; if you want to make a quick hike to the overlook, go right at the fork and you will be there in no time.

All in all, another 2.6 miles logged with a total ascent of 530 feet (so a relatively flat trail).

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LaBarque Creek Trail
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9 Completed 7 Reviews

The temperature when i left the house this morning at 9:30am read 12 degrees, but it was supposed to warm to 21 degrees; so I had that to look forward to. But in the end, I wanted to get out and hike another trail or two this morning and set my sites on LaBarque Creek Conservation Area and the LaBarque Creek Trail which is a 3 mile rough terrain trail that is a loop that only shows a hiker a mere 1/4 of the 1,270 acres that are protected here.

There were lots of cool rock features on this hike, and it is definitely a hike that I want to do again with Karen, so that we can explore some of these features.

I don't know if i would enjoy this hike as much with foilage on the trees, as i think many of the rock formations i saw today would then be hiddent. All in, it wasn't a bad way to spend a portion of the morning, and i logged a total of 3.6 Miles here with a total ascent of 830 feet, according to my Garmin Oregon.

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Council Bluff Lake Trail
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16 Completed 2 Reviews

Very nice trail. It has a nice swimming beach and picnic area.

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