Starting Location: 1401 Kiefer Creek Rd., Ballwin, MO
Parking Instructions: Meet at the 1st parking lot on your left - next to the playground and large shelter. We will start the run at 7:30am (park gates typically are locked until after 7:00am for those early birds, just FYI). Additional parking can be found in nearby lots a short distance away.
Course Description: 2 loops (~3.5mi & ~6mi loops)
Start off running from the parking lot heading along road towards train tracks, go under and then take the River Scene Trail on your LEFT (this trail is marked with RED trail markings in the park, just FYI). Follow this around simply by keeping the river on your left hand side. Once you come to the wide open field, head straight across it and back into the woods, turn LEFT and head towards the stairs. You will also have the train tracks on your right hand side as you run. When you come to a tunnel to cross under the tracks and see signs saying KEEP OUT on your left, go thru the tunnel and then RIGHT to head up the infamous wooden stairs. Once to the top we will follow this trail along the bluff line all the way back, so as long as you keep the bluff to your right at all times you are good. Once back down you are back at the parking lot, refuel if needed or grab anything before heading out for a longer 2nd loop.
The 2nd loop you will take the road back over the creek like you are leaving but then hop on the trail to your immediate RIGHT. This is the Grotpeter Trail which is identified with BLUE trail markings in the park, just FYI. Simply stay RIGHT along this trail for roughly 2.3 miles....doing so will keep you along the trails marked with blue markings. Once you come to your 2nd major 4-way intersection you will go STRAIGHT to hop on to a trail marked with the #3 trail markings - this is the Midway/Office Connector path which will take you flat for a little bit and then a straight shot down hill. This one is pretty rocky so watch the footing. Once at the bottom you will make a hard RIGHT to join the Mountain Ridge Connector trail which is marked with the #2 signs...you will take this all the way back up to Ries Rd by simply stay to you left all the way. Cross Ries Rd and now we are back on the main Grotpeter Trail with the blue markings. Simply make every LEFT turn you can...from the road you will go down a hill then right back up another...at the top of that next hill will be where you turn LEFT to join Justin's Trail which is marked by the #1 trail signs. This is a more gentle down hill as opposed to the Cardiac Hill one which is much rockier and steeper. Once back down at the bottom you will cross Kiefer Creek Rd, and then stay on Grotpeter Trail all the way back to the parking lot we started at. This time around we will NOT hit the creek crossing. You are done!