No one in the parking lot but me at 8:30 am. Everyone is at Walmart or Target!
The South Loop is 8 miles. It is in Red and Red/Yellow on the map. My parking area is at the lower center of the map.
Pretty much what you will encounter on this trail is mud from many horses, but it was a pretty day with sunshine so off I went into the woods
The upper sections of the trail where there is good drainage are ok, and with it being 32 F most of the mud was frozen when I started.
Spring with some man made improvements to channel the water. I think this goes back to the 30's or 40's when there was homesteads in this area.
Interesting formations in the downed and burned trees.
Nice view with the leaves gone into the Cuivre River gorge
A rare selfie
Some nice fungus growing on a downed log (Turkey Tail I believe)
Two of the nine white tail deer I saw along the trail (can you spot them?)
A nice place to stop and take a drink
When you top out on the bluff after 3.5 miles you get the best views into the farm fields in the River valley
Valley below the bluffs
Winter Forsythia berries
Example of most of the trail torn up by horse traffic
And just as I was ending my walk, a horseman using the trail
After the walk a trip to my favorite local brewery Friendship Brewing in Wentzville for a few beers and a pizza.
Founders 2018 Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) 12.6% ABV....
8 miles in 3 hours
1 horse person.