2751 Glencoe Rd, Wildwood, MO
ONE OF OUR MORE DIFFICULT HIKES, with steep inclines, dirt trails, rock outcroppings to climb, and plenty of roots to trip over. Some of the most rugged footing of all of our hikes. Not for beginners.
Rated DIFFICULT by the park. Much of it is level and easy. The footing is treacherous on the up and down part. Can be muddy if it rains. But, it's less than 4 miles, and probably 3 of that is easy-ish.
A bit of a workout, but it probably won't kill you if you're in reasonably decent shape. Our pace will be relaxed but moderate. We will stop whenever necessary to water the dogs or look at the scenery. Be prepared to go quite slowly on the hilly spots.
About 4 miles. Allow 2.5 hours for hike.
We will stop at the spring at the start & end of hike, but it's a hard trail in between, so BRING PLENTY OF WATER FOR YOUR DOG.
DOGS MUST BE KEPT ON SHORT LEASH. No retractables.
Not much mud, but some slick spots if it rains. Trail is dirt.
No bikers, except on roads around parking lot
We hike in a light/moderate rain. Watch website if weather threatens.
After the hike, those who want to take their pups to lunch can head up the road about 4 miles to Big Chief Roadhouse, our favorite restaurant. They have a covered, dog-friendly patio with heaters, comfortable in 30 degree weather. Good food, sandwiches/chili/salads, figure $8-$12 for lunch
AS ALWAYS, ONE DOG PER PERSON AT LUNCHES.
Your dog must have EXCELLENT restaurant manners, or you'll be asked to leave our group lunch. That's embarrassing and no one likes it, especially me when I have to do it. If you have any questions about this, go by yourself first to see how FIDO behaves. If he/she barks or lunges at other people/children/dogs, don't come with our group.
LUNCHES ARE FOR OUR HIKING DOGS, don't just show up for lunch unless you hike first. We have enough dogs for the staff to handle. Sorry.
PLEASE NOTE THIS.....
If your GPS sends you down Old Manchester to Glencoe Road, DO NOT GO THAT WAY. It's been happening a lot lately. Road is closed there. YOU MUST ACCESS THIS FROM HWY 109.
No cell reception here, we're in an old quarry bed.
Either Hwy 44 or Hwy 100/Manchester Road to HIGHWAY 109. Approximately 2.5-3 miles from either direction, you will turn on Woods Avenue west There is no stoplight at Woods Ave, but you'll see the brown & white "ROCKWOOD RESERVATIONS" signs just before you need to turn.
Go west on Woods about 500', then immediately right through the gates into the park. If you don't see the park entrance right away, you've turned the wrong way on WOODS.
FOR THIS HIKE ONLY, WE MEET AT THE "HILLSIDE PICNIC AREA" PARKING LOT. Second parking lot on right, past the llama farm.
If you're not familiar with this popular park, you can view or print a map of the park from this link to show trails and roads, or use the mapping feature at the top of the hike description.