Lewis and Clark Trail

Weldon Spring Conservation Area, Missouri

Distance7.5mi
Elevation Gain3,327ft
Trailhead Elevation470ft
Top655ft
Elevation Min/Max457/655ft
Elevation Start/End470/470ft

Lewis and Clark Trail

Lewis & Clark Trail is a hiking trail in St. Charles County, Missouri. It is within Weldon Spring Conservation Area. It is 7.5 miles long and begins at 470 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 15.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,327 feet. The Lewis & Clark Trail trailhead parking can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Clark Trail.

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Best Hikes Near St. Louis (Falcon Guides)
JD Tanner
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"This loop hike takes you through the Weldon Spring C onservation Area. Towering limestone bluffs offering excellent views of the Missouri River, an abundance of wild- life, and easy access from St. Louis combine to make for an ideal day trip." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis (Menasha Ridge Press)
Steve Henry
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"The Lewis and Clark Trail is the favorite of many hikers in the greater St. Louis area. Though it’s next to the big city, hiking here feels like being deep in the Ozarks." Read more
Best Hikes St. Louis (Falcon Guides)
JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner
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"This loop hike takes you through the Weldon Spring Conservation Area. Towering limestone bluffs offering excellent views of the Missouri River, an abundance of wildlife, and easy access from St. Louis combine to make for an ideal day trip. Located in St. Charles County, the 8,359-acre Weldon Spring Conservation Area offers a variety of natural features, including large plots of forest, tall limestone bluffs, wetlands, glades, pastures, and some agricultural land. This combination of habitats makes for a diverse collection of flora and fauna in the area, despite its close proximity to the city. Weldon Spring once housed a World War II munitions plant, but visitors today are much more likely to see the area’s abundance of plants and wildlife." Read more

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7/15/2018
This a great trail with views of the Missouri River and some good hills that will get your heart pumping. It's a bit rocky in some places too. Some connecting trails in the area can be crowded but this one isn't too bad. Bring bug spray as the mosquitoes can be relentless.
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9/12/2010
The Hogsback Trail is a wooded trail with awesome views of the Missouri River. We began our hike by climbing the paved path past the Conference Center and up to the overlook. The overlook area provides great views of the Missouri River. You can see sandbars and bottomland fields. There is also a display of how the river looked when Lewis and Clark camped along the river’s edge. From the overlook, we found the trailhead for Hogsback Trail. It began in the woods with overlooks of the river below. A wooden fence lined the trail to prevent hikers from falling below. At one spot, we were right above the Katy Trail and had spectacular views of the Missouri River. This part of the trail was lined with tall cedars. There were several switchbacks during this part of the hike. At times, the trail became very narrow and slanted, so we had to make sure the kids stayed on the higher part of the trail; away from bluff edges. There were rock outcrops to explore along the trail. After a while, we came to a tall, mossy rock wall. The trail meandered past the rock wall and back into the woods. There were a variety of pretty wildflowers that made me wish I knew what they were. We also viewed many orb weaver webs in the trees that glistened in the sunlight. We also found a Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar. Other than a toad, some spiders and the caterpillar, we didn’t see much wildlife on the trail. However, the trees, flowers and ground cover were pretty cool. I took a picture of some orange mushrooms because I had never seen orange mushrooms before. I tried to identify them by searching online and I believe they were Orange Mycenas. As we descended lower into the forest, the trail ran perpendicular to highway 94 and we could hear the highway traffic. It wasn’t too long before the trail ended along the main road in Klondike Park. So, we had to hike along the rode back to the parking lot. Overall, I really enjoyed this trail.
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6/9/2007
I was amazed with this location. This park is fairly new and unknown to most people, which made it great for hiking, biking and camping. It's right next to the Katy Trail so you can also access wineries and a brewery in Augusta. My favorite trail so far was the Hogsback. It's a fun clime but even more technical if you take it counterclockwise (downhill). Going back soon to ride the rest of the trails.
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Trail Information

Weldon Spring Conservation Area
Nearby City
Weldon Spring Conservation Area
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Missouri Department of Conservation, St. Louis Regional Office, 2360 Highway D, St. Charles, MO 63304; (636) 441-4554; mdc7.mdc.mo.gov/applications/mo atlas/AreaSummaryPage.aspx?txtAreaID=7404
Local Contacts
USGS Weldon Spring; park map and brochure available at visitor center.
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Dec 2018