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Rock Quarry & Trail Among the Trees Loop

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Distance: 3.68 miles round trip
Overall elevation gain: 473 feet
Location: Wildwood, Missouri
Date: July 27, 2013


I made a combination loop hike out of the Rock Quarry Trail (which itself is a loop) and the Trail Among the Trees (which is sort of a loop) in Rockwoods Reservation. I hiked both of these trails separately last year, so see those posts below for more information.
Trail Among the Trees 2012
Rocky Quarry Trail 2012



For more information see my track on AllTrails.




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River Scene Trail, Castlewood State Park

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Distance: 1.2 miles round trip
Location: south of Ballwin, Missouri
Date: July 24, 2013


The River Scene Trail is one of several trails in Castlewood State Park, but it is probably the most interesting because for about half of its length it follows the ridge along a bluff overlooking the Meramec River. I only hiked about 0.6 miles of this trail to some of the overlooks along the it. The views were great (relatively speaking), but the park was quite busy with many people hiking and biking on the trail.


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Eagle Valley Trail, Greensfelder Park

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Distance: 3.78 miles
Overall elevation gain: 322 feet
Location: Wildwood, Missouri
Date: July 17, 2013


The Eagle Valley Trail is a 3.5-mile trail in Greensfelder Park in western St. Louis County, Missouri. Much of the trail is an eight-foot wide trail that has been improved for most uses, including hiking (walking), horseback riding, and mountain biking.



I would say that the best way to travel the length of the trail is by mountain bike. It is well-developed (mostly about eight feet wide) and almost optimized for use by mountain bikers, but overall the second best trail in the park for mountain biking to the Dogwood Trail.


I hiked the trail clockwise from the parking lot near the visitor center. The trail begins along the ridge as a wide path, but near the horse trailhead, the named "Eagle Valley Trail" breaks from the "wide" trail. The named trail continues to the side at a discrete location that I did not notice, which led me to other horse areas. While the wide …

Young Conservation Area

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Distance: 6.41 miles round trip
Overall elevation gain: 496 feet
Location: south of Eureka, Missouri
Date: July 14, 2013


In the LaBarque Creek watershed in the St. Louis metro area is the Young Conservation Area. I visited this area several times last year, but only wrote one post about it, which you can see here. See this post and my AllTrails track for more information, otherwise here are some better photos than in last year's post.









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Spice Bush Trail, Robertsville State Park

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Distance: 0.85 miles round trip
Location: southwest of Pacific, Missouri
Date: July 13, 2013


Robertsville State Park is a small park near Pacific, Missouri that has a single hiking trail along with its pond, campground, fields, and boat launch. This trail, the Spice Bush Trail, is a short 0.85-mile loop that begins along the main park road just north of the pond.


The trail is mostly flat with only 54 feet of elevation gain across its entire length. It passes through lowland forests along the Meramec River, although the trail never goes near/within view the river. There are several small pedestrian bridges along its length as the trail crosses a small stream. This trail is well-maintained, but otherwise has nothing unique about it. Aside from a pileated woodpecker, I thought the trail was fairly boring, and I probably won't be back.

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Turkey Ridge Trail 2013

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Distance: 1.87 miles round trip
Location: Wildwood, Missouri
Date: July 6, 2013

The Turkey Ridge trail is one of the less visited trails in Rockwoods Reservation. I hiked this trail last year, and you can see that post for more information. This time I hiked the loop counterclockwise and recorded my track, which you can view on AllTrails. I also have some new photos:





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Bootleg Access Trail

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Distance: 1.39 miles round trip
Overall elevation gain: 164 feet
Location: south of Potosi, Missouri
Date: July 4, 2013


After going to Hughes Mountain, I decided to stop at the nearby Bootleg Access. This, like most "access" areas operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation, provides boat and fishing access to a bordering river. But here there is a 1.5-mile trail that is in a sort of elongated figure eight double loop.


I didn't expect much out of this area, but I was pleasantly surprised to see how well developed the trail was, particularly the overlook. The trail begins travelling through the lowlands near the river and passes two massive oak trees, one a burr oak and the other a red oak. At the center of the figure eight, the trail (if you follow it clockwise) crosses streams and begins to ascend a small ridge.


On the ridge you pass through a small grove of pine trees before reaching an overlook with a viewing platform. The views from here aren't spectacula…

Hughes Mountain, MO

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Elevation: 1201 feet
Overall elevation gain: 391 feet
Distance: 1.57 miles round trip
Class: 1
Location: south of Potosi, Missouri
Date: July 4, 2013


Hughes Mountain is a 1,201-foot high "mountain" in the St. Francois portion of the Ozarks in eastern Missouri. The area is managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation and has a short trail going from a parking lot to the summit of the mountain for about a 1.5-mile round trip hike.


What makes Hughes Mountain unique is that its summit is a feature called the Devil's Honeycomb, which is a jointed rhyolite outcropping similar in structure to Devil's Tower in Wyoming or Devil's Postpile in California.


The trail up the mountain starts out passing through a meadow for a short distance before entering forest and climbing up the mountain. A short distance in the trail reaches an exposed rock with somewhat of a view. The trail continues on from here passing through both small rocky glades and forest patches before emer…

Buford Mountain, MO

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Elevation: 1740 feet
Overall elevation gain: 947 feet
Distance: 6.7 miles round trip
Class: 1
Location: Belleview, Missouri
Date: July 4, 2013


Buford Mountain has five peaks, the highest of which is the third highest point in Missouri, only 32 feet below the state's highest point, Taum Sauk Mountain. Buford Mountain is within Buford Mountain Conservation Area, operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation. I stopped by here after going to Elephant Rocks State Park just to the south and before continuing on the Hughes Mountain to the north.


The trail begins on the south side of the mountain near its base. The trailhead is just off the main road, but you must walk almost a half mile up a gated gravel road before reaching the start of the trail. The trail immediately begins ascending the mountain, and while the trail is not overly steep, it is very rocky with many small loose rocks.


Once you near the summit of the first and highest peak (there is no trail to the actual summit o…

Elephant Rocks State Park

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Distance: 1.19 miles round trip
Overall elevation gain: 120 feet
Location: north of Pilot Knob, Missouri
Date: July 4, 2013


Elephant Rocks State Park is a small park north of Pilot Knob, Missouri that I stopped at after visiting Fort Davidson and before going to Buford Mountain. The park is the location of a granite outcropping with many large boulders scattered throughout the area, the most prominent of which are a string that is said to resemble a train of elephants.


The park has a one-mile long loop trail that is paved and ADA accessible. The trail is marked for counterclockwise travel and has informative signs along it. Primarily traveling through boulder fields in the forest, the trail has two side trails, one of which goes to an overlook on the outcrop, while the other goes to the highest point on the outcrop where the namesake elephant rocks are located.


Another side trail goes to the ruins of a train engine house that had been built and used when there was an active quarry in …