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WELCOME SPRING with a CASTLEWOOD WALK, our "THURSDAY MORNING CLUB" HIKE

FABULOUS VIEWS FROM RIVER SCENE TRAIL, GREAT BEACH AREA AND SCENIC TRAILS ALONG THE MERAMEC RIVER!

This route depends on the number of dogs and number of other people hiking that day, but I would like to walk the Lone Wolf Trail up the hill to the top of the bluffs, then back down the 198 steps (shown above) There will be some hills to climb but we can pace ourselves. Other than UP to the bluffs and BACK DOWN again, it's all level ground

UPDATE: River is flooded, the 198 steps and the trail shown above are closed, due to high water.

PLAN B.....Forget the 198 steps, they're closed, due to flooded Meramec. We'll still meet at the same parking lot, just past the creek on the left. The road beyond the RR tracks and all trails along the river are closed. We'll hike up the River Scene Trail to the top of the bluffs for a look at the river, which should be really cool, then back down the Lone Wolf trail to the creek, then back to the parking lot. If the creek isn't too high, we can cross it (and let the dogs play in the water) and follow the trail up the other side, about 1/2 mile longer.

http://mostateparks.com/sites/default/files/Castlewood.pdf

We can split up at the creek, if you don't want to cross. Might bring dry shoes/socks, if you plan to wade across.

Either way, the hike will be a little shorter than planned, a little under 3 miles. Still a lot of level, but one big hill up, and one big hill down. We'll take it easy on the way up, so don't worry.

I love Castlewood, but it can get very muddy sometimes, so we'll have to watch the weather, and dress accordingly.

The other issue that I have with Castlewood is that it can get very crowded. I hike there at least once a week with just me & Sissy, but please use your head here. If you have a dog that is just learning, please limit yourself to one dog per human. Bring a friend along to help you with multiple dogs.

We'll meet at the big parking lot on the left, just after you cross the creek and before you go under the RR tracks. Bathroom facilities there, and the dogs can drink from the creek.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a great outing for a cool first day of spring. Lilly and I enjoyed meeting new four legged friends and their parents. John thanks for being so considerate in carrying me across these treacherous waters.

    March 21, 2013

  • John B.

    Thank-you Karen (& Sissy) for leading us on a fun walk through the woods and streams with our dogs. Thank-you Patty for the treats (I was going to try one, but I know not to mess with Haley's food). ...and thanks to DeAnne, Emily, and Sylvia for the great company. It was a refreshing way to start off the day. Dog people are the best! (Hmmmm, I wonder why that is?) Yes, Haley had a blast.
    I guess we'll have to do this again. See you guys soon.

    March 21, 2013

  • DeAnne B.

    Really good! The sun made the cold spring day seem warm, and the dogs and their humans had a great time. It was even a little fun to cross the creek!

    March 21, 2013

  • Karen B

    A little different from what we originally planned, because of the flooded Meramec River, but the view from the bluffs was great. The weather warmed up, sun came out and we had a great time. A couple of us got our feet a little wet crossing the creek, but then our newest member, John, came to the rescue and carried a couple of ladies across the water! Thanks John, hope you'll come back again. What a great addition to our group. And Haley was great fun too, Sissy enjoyed running and swimming with her. Hope she didn't get sick from whatever dead thing she found by the creek!

    March 21, 2013

  • Maryellen

    Just went outside. It is TOO COLD for us. Hope to see you on Saturday.

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a prior committment, otherwise I'd go - I love this hike

    March 17, 2013

    • Karen B

      bummer! see you next hike at CC Lake, hope it doesn't rain.

      March 20, 2013

  • Susan

    Working

    March 20, 2013

    • Karen B

      Bummer! Next time.

      March 20, 2013

  • Maryellen

    As of now, we are planning to attend. If it is raining or temp is below 35 degrees, I will change my "rsvp' to "no" before 7am that day.

    March 19, 2013

    • Karen B

      Hope you make it. This park is a BIG favorite of anyone who likes to hike. And, the flood waters will make it even more interesting. We'll stay way away from the river, but will have a fabulous view of it from up on the bluffs.

      March 20, 2013

  • Maryellen

    http://mostateparks.com/advisory/60289/portion-park-temporarily-closed-castlewood-state-park
    The area between the railroad underpass and the Meramec River is temporarily closed due to anticipated flooding. Closed areas are:
    -- river access area and picnic sites
    -- overflow parking area
    -- bottomland portion of River Scene Trail

    Is this going to be a problem???

    March 19, 2013

  • Maryellen

    Never been here. Sounds great!

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sadly I work a 8-5 job. This looks like a great idea.

    February 12, 2013

6 went

  • Karen B
    & SISSY, PACK LEADER, Organizer,
    Event Host
  • John B.
    THE HERO TROOPER GUY
  • DeAnne B.
    TROOPER LADY
  • patty S.
    TROOPER LADY
  • A former member
  • A former member

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