Chubb Trail yesterday

Rated as “difficult” by St Louis County Parks and, I managed to get lost on the 12 miles of trails yesterday.  Was a brief problem when I accidentally walked what I thought was the trail and it wasn’t.  Ended up on private property but quickly back to the official trail.

As I noted before, this park connects to the back side of  Castlewood State Park that is cut off by the Meramec River from the main portion of Castlewood.  It then connects to the trail behind Lone Elk Park of St Louis County Parks.

Perhaps St. Louis County and the State could coordinate some trail ‘blazes’ to better mark the official trail? Would be helpful.  Perhaps it is a future project for a Rover Scout.

At any rate, the only thing I had trouble persevering with was that it was too warm for Oct 1st.  I had started early enough at 8:30 am so I managed not to get drenched with perspiration.  All together I did about 6 miles.

I will return in a week when it is cooler and go a little further.


Rover Scout: “Service”



Don Robinson State Park

Hike today at Don Robinson State Park. Second time on this trail, my first being right after the park first opened last year. But I’m out of shape from less hiking this past year so I had to take the cut out and do about 2 miles. Lots of scenic hills and Karst.

Grateful for autumn

Since I used to associate autumnal anxiety with school, fall was often unpleasant. No more. That is decades gone. Now it’s meant for Rover hiking and camping!

So to kick it off I am getting my Rover – 1st Lone Scouts ‘necker’ purchased and a warmer weather BPSA t-shirt from the Quartermaster. Also found a ready made woggle for my necker.

Now if the summer heat would disappear …

follow-up on Memphis

The MLK50 Conference was great! Hiking Memphis was not the hike I planned. I ended up doing an unprepared hike (no pack or bag) across the city. My intended address was the north end of a road and I was on the south end of the identical address. Once I paid for expensive downtown parking (at least it wasn’t NYC or Chicago!) my mistake of being on the wrong end of town became glaring.

So I hoofed it a couple miles. When done I acknowledge that the hike wasn’t so bad. Urban terrain is tougher than trails sometimes. The persistence paid off. I got there in time but out of breath. Along the way I saw Beal Street. Was wonderful.

Early spring hike

My buddy Mike and I hiking the easy on the feet loop trail at Robertsville State Park today.  Quite cool and overcast, but really an ideal spring day to hike. Lack of heat made exertion literally no sweat.