60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis
by Steve Henry (Menasha Ridge Press)
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Took the kids on this trail. Its pretty well maintained and well marked. We had a blast!!
The Chubb Trail offers a lot for the hiker: great views, challenging climbs, and lots of trees to shade you. It starts with a steady climb upward, and rewards you with a picnic table at a crossroads where hikers, bikers and riders can gather for a moment and exchange tips. There is a descent over rocks that is easy going down. Now, while I really don't care for multi-use trails all that much, the bikers who head UP this trail get a lot of respect from me. I like the walk through the prairie, although it can be hot in the summer. Then, you are rewarded with a hike along the Meramec River. It's a varied trail that sees a lot of use. I suggest hikers begin very early to avoid being run down by the bikes, and shoved off the trail by the horses. Seems to me we wake up earlier than bikers and a LOT earlier than horseback riders. There are a couple of views that make this trail worthwhile to me. One is the view over the prairie just as you begin to descend down the rocks,and the other is if you double back on the southern loop towards the parking lot with the showers. Most of the year you can pause at a bench and you get a view of farmland that is positively bucolic. We hikers live for glimpses of our homeland that escape us in our cars. The Chubb Trail is a great trail. Enjoy it.
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