60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis
by Steve Henry (Menasha Ridge Press)
© 2010 Steve Henry/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.
Nice easy walk through the woods, up close & personal with the deer and the elk.
The White Bison trail is a wonderful, moderately difficult trail with plentiful wildlife viewing opportunities. The trail itself is single-width, packed earth/gravel for most of the 3.25 miles, and is laid out between the road and the lake. There are steep grades, but most healthy individuals can handle them. The first three miles of the trail were uneventful during my trip--the only sign of wildlife were tracks and large amounts of elk scat. Suddenly, we found our group in the middle of a herd of 18 wild elk. The elk largely ignored us, save for one curious cow that came within two feet of one of us. It was an amazing experience. By the time we finished the trail, more elk moved down to the lake. Be sure to drive into the bison area--there are a few playful caves in the herd. There are also nice places in the park to have a picnic.
This is a really fun place to go. The elk are really nice to see. Watch out for ticks and chiggers.
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