60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis
by Steve Henry (Menasha Ridge Press)
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I hope you love mosquitos,it was the worst hike ever!
I can honestly say that today was my worst experience hiking yet. I took this trail with 2 dogs and we were 90% miserable! I don't know what its "normally" like but they didn't cut the trail(at all) so the greenery was between knee and head high!! I wore pants that stopped just below the knee (which was my fault) but with all the spiny plants including stinging nettel.... my shins are STILL burning! There is no water access from the trail yet you are going along it for the 7 miles because there is a large drop-off from the trail. There were so many times that I wasn't even sure I was on the trail any more because the grass was so high. Thank GOD for intuition. I never saw the break off for the short loop so we got stuck doing the entire 7 miles. I realized this at mile 4 so it was too late to turn back. I killed so many mosquitos on me that I got tired of whiping off the dead ones and started leaving them there (really gross, I know) and there is a 2 mile stretch that was entirely in the sun with no shade breaks (there were a couple times I thought the dogs were going to drop). I generally love hiking in MO, but I don't think I'll ever do this trail again.
A nice flat 7 mile hike and great fun for the dog but relatively boring scenery. I thought we would have a better view of the river for some part of the hike but most of the trail was open field.
Not one of the nicer hikes. The scenery was redundant.
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