|Missouri River bluffs sunset hiking, Weldon Spring Conservation Area|
From I-64, take the Weldon Spring exit and go south on route 94. Pick up a map at the conservation area headquarters (or take along a printed copy of the one available in the quick stats section below), and park in the the parking area on the left side of the road just past the Francis Howell High School.
|Descending to Missouri River bluffs, Lewis and Clark Hiking Trails|
|Missouri Conservation Department maintains Lewis and Clark Hiking Trails|
|This convenient hike off of I-64 west of St. Louis is about pay off!|
|Signage can seem confusing, but get the map and you'll figure it out!|
Trailhead: From I-64, take the Weldon Spring exit and go south on route 94. Park in the parking area on the left side of the road just past the Francis Howell High School.
Distance: 5-mile loop with 8-mile option
Elevation Gain/Loss: 860 ft (262 m) approximate
Map: A map of the Weldon Spring Conservation Area is available from the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Hiking Time: About 2.5 to 3 hours for the 5-mile loop, depending on your personal speed.
Best Times to Hike: This hike is great year-round, but summers can be incredibly hot. Also, be careful to avoid seasonal flooding.
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
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