Lewis Trail

Weldon Spring Conservation Area, Missouri 63626

Elevation Gain1,725ft
Trailhead Elevation639ft
Elevation Min/Max463/647ft
Elevation Start/End639/639ft

Lewis Trail

Lewis Trail is a hiking trail in St. Charles County, Missouri. It is within Weldon Spring Conservation Area. It is 3.4 miles long and begins at 639 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,725 feet.

Lewis Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"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."

"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."

Lewis Trail Reviews

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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.
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.
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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Jul 2018