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.
Short course: ~3 miles (1 loop)
Medium course: ~6 miles (2 loops)
Long course: ~9 miles (3 loops)
Everyone will run the same 1st loop (PINK loop) which will comprise of some nice flat easy running the first half before we get a nice stair workout in as we head up to the top of the bluffs. Be sure to take advantage of the views up top along the way! We will follow the trail a little ways along the top of the bluff before we make a sharp LEFT turn to hop onto the Lone Wolf Trail which will then begin your descent back to the bottom (this is roughly a 1/2 mile stretch down). Once we reach the bottom of the hill stay to your LEFT till you come to the happy creek crossing - head thru the creek and then turn RIGHT onto the trail which will now be part of the Grotpeter Trail. Follow this all the way back past the Visitor Center and it will spit you out at the bridge that takes you over the creek and then back to the parking lot to finish. Short course runners are done!
Those going medium and long will then head back out (BLUE loop) on the road over the creek and then take the trail on your RIGHT side and follow that all the way up. Simply stay to your RIGHT for just over 2 miles, at which point you will come to a 4-way junction - we will go STRAIGHT here and hop onto the trail marked by the #3 (there will also be a trail sign that says something about OFFICE CONNECTOR, that is what we want). This trail will start off relatively flat but then it will be a straight descent - watch the footing on this one as it does get a bit rocky in some patches. As you near the bottom of this hill stay to your LEFT and it will spit you out at the Visitor Center, simply cross the road and then pick up the trail at the far end of the parking lot and go LEFT. You will now be finishing the last 1/4 mile of this stretch the same as you did that 1st loop. Medium course runners are now done!
Long course runners will head back out for your final loop (ORANGE loop) by going towards the bridge that crosses the creek, BUT DO NOT CROSS THE CREEK! There is a trail on your LEFT just before going over the creek, turn here. Once on this trail just stay to your RIGHT at all times till you come back out to the creek crossing, go thru it again and this time once on the other side we will turn LEFT on the Grotpeter Trail. This will shortly take you back out to the road, cross over and then when you can turn RIGHT on a trail, do so. This will be marked with #1 trail markers. The trail will wind its way up the hill side, and then we will take another RIGHT once it rejoins the main Grotpeter Trail (blue trail markers). Follow the trail around till it comes out to Ries Rd, cross over and then take the trail on your RIGHT which will be more single track trail and starts your long descent back down to the Visitor Center. On this trail just simply stay to your RIGHT at all times till you come out to the road. The trail will also be marked with #2 markers. Once you cross the road at the bottom by the Visitor Center again, finish the same way you did the 1st two loops. Long course runners are done!