It is time to visit one of the jewels of Florissant - Sioux Passage Park, 17930 Old Jamestown Rd, Florissant, MO 63034.
We will walk about 3 or 4 miles.
From I-270 and McDonnell Blvd turn left onto James S McDonnell Blvd 0.5 mi
Continue onto Howdershell Rd 2.7 mi
Continue onto Shackelford Rd 3.2 mi
Continue onto Old Halls Ferry Rd 0.1 mi
Turn left onto Shackelford Rd 1.0 mi
Continue onto Old Jamestown Rd 1.5 mi
Turn left Entry of the park will be on the left 0.9 mi / 3 min
We will meet at the first parking lot on the left by the restrooms.
What to bring: - WATER – THIS IS IMPORTANT ALL YEAR LONG AND ESPECIALLY IN THE WARMER MONTHS. WE WILL USUALLY BE OUT FOR AT LEAST 1 ½ HOURS AND THAT IS TOO LONG TO GO WITHOUT REPLENISHING THE LIQUIDS THAT YOU WILL BE BURNING WHILE WALKING. – I AVOID DRINKING CAFFEINATED BEVERAGES BEFORE WALKING. . THE ARE A LOT OF GOOD ARTICLES ABOUT “effects of caffeine and exercise” ON THE INTERNET OR ASK YOU DOCTOR.
- During hot weather wear clothing that is light weight, light colored and loose fitting and drink plenty of water. Wear a hat.
- I recommend broken in hiking shoes over Tennis shoes. A lot of the trails are over loose gravel and dirt and the treads on the hiking boots work much better.
- Snacks – EAT LIGHTLY BEFORE THE WALK AND BRING A POWER BAR OR SNACK TO MUNCH ON DURING THE WALK.
After the hike we will meet at a local restaurant for conversation and food.
Meetup Donation: Meetup charges me $72 every six months to have the Walking site. If you would like to donate $1 at some of the walks, it will be appreciated.
Sioux Passage Park Trail Guide
Sioux Passage Park is located on the south end of a long portage between the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. Native Americans would use the overland journey between these two great rivers as a way to save time. Historically every expedition to explore the west moved up the river and passed today what is Sioux Passage.
During the heyday of the steamboat era literally thousands of steamboats carrying goods and supplies, and passengers would pass these waters every year. The Missouri River was notorious for destroying steamboat captains and steamboats. The Missouri River’s shallow ever-changing channel, snags and the velocity of the moving water spelled doom for many of the boats. In 1832 the Car of Commerce sank in the chute between Sioux Passage and Pelican Island. Steamboats of the day could be 250 feet long, 40 feet across and could carry 300 to 400 passengers and some 700 tons of freight. A steamboat this size could cost $50,000 to $75,000 to build. If the steamboat lasted long enough the investment could be recouped in a couple of seasons.
The park is situated within the Karst Plateau of north St. Louis County. Karst topography is the result of a collapse or the dissolving of bedrock which creates shallow depressions (sinkholes). Sometimes cave systems and springs are associated with karst topography. Additional karst areas occur in South County, and mid-county.
Mill Creek winds its way through the park cutting down through the loess soils before entering the Missouri River. These soil deposits date to a time of the last great ice sheet when waters of the Missouri carried glacial melt. During the winter months the glaciers ceased melting drying up the waters in the river valley. This dry soil was blown about and deposited on the hills surrounding the river valley.
Today Sioux Passage is a mixture of open areas and oak woodlands. There is one trail in which to explore the park. The park consists of 211 acres.