Lewis & Clark Trail - TRAIL

Lewis & Clark Trail - Trail, Saint Charles, Missouri

8 miles of hills that overlook the Missouri River, 100 to 200 foot changes in altitude. Lots of technical stuff

User Reviews (13)

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Outlaw   [Apr 23, 1999]

This trail is one of the best trails in St. Louis, excellent for night rides. Remember, Fight the Power!!!!!!

Customer Service

Go counter clockwise

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5
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Randall Baker   [Jul 08, 1999]

Actually there are two trails- Lewis and Clark. The Clark trail is 5.3 miles the Lewis is 8.2 (They share the same trail until Lewis branches off then connects back again to the Clark trail). The Clark trail is more traveled, hence less vegetation crosses the trail but both trails need trail maintenance. The Lewis trail at times is so covered with vegetation that you need to walk your bike. Also small fallen trees/branches block the trail. . . Single speed bike is okay but geared bike would allow you to get up the steeper hills. . . Also this trail is posted: "No bikes allowed". I went on a weekday late morning and there was no one on the trail. There is no good reason the trail should be closed to bikes. . . I rode the trail in early July, 1999. . . Some sharp switchbacks-so practice up on your nose wheelies!!!!

Customer Service

Counter clockwise

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4
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Mr. Mysterio   [Nov 24, 1999]

Wow! What a kickass trail! Very fast singletrack sprints along ridgetops and creek bottoms, plunges down the side of narrow, wooded valleys, skids through hairpin turns and grinds up medium-grade aerobic climbs. Take the Lewis trail because you'll want every foot of its 8+ miles of fun. At one point, as I carved a banked corner, I was actually laughing out loud at the sheer enjoyment of this ride.

The junction of the Lewis and Clark sections is clearly marked in a creek bottom after a couple of miles.

It's a huge shame that the Conservation Dep't is such a bunch of spineless weenies that they don't open this trail up to bikes, because it's one of the most fun trails I've done in Missouri. Unfortunately, Conservation is too bloated and bureaucratic to realize it's own ignorance and prejudice against bikers ... oh well, don't let it spoil an awesome ride.

The trailhead is about 2.4 miles down Hwy 94 from the Hwy 40 overpass. It's a large gravel pullout on the left (South) side of the hwy. The trail starts by a bulletin board at the back right of the parking area and finishes by popping up out of the woods on the left side of the lot.

Definitely a "must do."

Customer Service

Ride the longer "Lewis" trail on a weekday. Riding the trail counter-clockwise (the way it's marked) seemed to maximize the number of steep switchbacks which were "rideable".

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5
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Gotbike all the time   [Feb 26, 2000]

This is one of the funnest trails I have been on. Night rides out there are the best. The climbs aren't too bad. The downhill runs are fast and off camber most of the time. The switchbacks are perfect, you can jam you bike into it and pull away like a world cup downhiller.

Customer Service

Counter clockwise always, it is a lot faster, longer descents. Ya gotta love those switchbacks

Similar Products Used: Write the Missouri Conservation Dept. Tell them we want it open to us!
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5
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Meat   [Aug 01, 2000]

This loop, no matter how you access it, is much fun done counter-clockwise. Hard packed single track, roots, rocks, off-camber downhills, log jumps, switchbacks, and technically challenging climbs all make this one of the funnest rides west of the Mississippi. I have been riding in Colorado and Oregon for months and this trail still deserves a five in my book. One of the most memorable rides of my life is a night ride on this trail by the brightest moonlight to illuminate the Earth in 500 years. Be careful because the rangers will ticket you (if they remembered their ticket book). I once coerced the ranger into letting me finish the loop after I got caught. So "look out Yogi, here comes the ranger!"

Customer Service

The Long Loop.

Similar Products Used: Cliff cave, Anything along Interstate 44 from Castlewood-Berryman
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5
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Doug   [Aug 31, 2000]

Power to the people!

Customer Service

Okay, I'm going to cut to the chase. I've never ridden this trail but based on the steaming reviews form our outlaw cyclists friends, I'm dieing to ride this trail. I've taken action in an attempt to convince our Missouri Conservation department to open this trail to bike traffic. Attached is a copy of my e-mail to the Missouri Conservation Regional Director John Vogel. Please swamp this guy and those attached with your lobby to open the trail to bikes so that we can all have access to a trail that sounds very exciting.

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5
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Doug   [Aug 31, 2000]

Power to the people!

Customer Service

Sorry,

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5
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NightRider   [Nov 13, 2000]

For a real rush and completely insane ride take this trip at night. Make sure you have your health insurance up to date and have a few bucks saved in case you get caught by Ranger Rick. While we're on the topic, if there is no place where it is legal to night ride how come some of the bike shops sell light systems.....

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5
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fredbird   [Dec 19, 2000]

It's boneheads like you that close too many trails for the rest of us. I have been working to open this trail for several years and one of the biggest reasons is that bikers in general do not follow rules. The Conservation Department is not there to serve every recreation need in town and the only hope we have is to go by the book. Folks who call themselves outlaws and those who ride where they are not supposed to ride are selfish and do not care about anything but themselves. Would you want someone to come onto your property and have a party or tear up your yard without your permission? Or better yet, have bicycle riding banned completely because of illegal activity. We might be increasing in numbers but the Conservation Dept. has no obligation to have any trails open to bikes. If they close them all we will be forced to ride the Katy or other DNR sites.
One of your criteria below is "Let's keep it legal." These trails are NOT open to bikes and should be removed from the rating system.

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1
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jimbo   [Mar 27, 2001]

As an older biker, I used to ride this trail in 1988,
WHEN IT WAS LEGAL. This trail is now closed to bikers.The reason is that some ignorant goofballs would roost down the trails past the hikers, basically without warning and scaring the **** out of them. When they complained, the trail was shut down. It is really amazing how far a little trail etiquette goes.
I used to ride this trail every night after work when
it was legal. Granted, it is a great trail, but you
"outlaw", "power to the people" dudes are doing the entire biker community in the area a great disservice.
I agree that there is no good reason for this trail to
be closed, and the Conservation Dept has been less than enlightened in recognizing our needs, but we need
to work together to get this trail re-opened so that
everyone can enjoy it. Doug in O'Fallon has the right
idea. It really pisses me off when I see bike racks in
the lot, while I'm respecting the closure. I don't
agree with the closure either, but aggravating the
"powers that be" doesn't gain us any brownie points.
Let's work together to get more good trails opened.

Similar Products Used: Chubb Trail, Greensfelder Park, Castlewood.
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4
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