2021†Hike†Log

    Hike Mileage Hiking Time Avg Min/Sec Total Avg Mileage Mileage   Which Elevation
Date Location Nbr Rob hh:mm:ss Speed Mile Mileage Mileage Katie Kerry Comments/Description Shoes Gain
01/03/21 Faust Park, Chesterfield MO 1 2.58 0:57:53 2.674 22:26 2.58 2.58 2.58 Mid-afternoon hike, temp about 34. Governor Bates Trail, partially paved, mostly earthen. Down the bluff, then back up. Checked out the village of old homes. With Katie. Merrell1 289
01/04/21 Al Foster Trail, Wildwood MO 2 6.64 2:06:36 3.147 19:04 9.22 4.61 Mid-afternoon hike, temp about 36, cloudy. Nice long, flat hike on the Meramec Greenway along the river. Solo. Merrell1 116
01/05/21 Fenton MO City Park 3 3.11 0:58:01 3.216 18:39 12.33 4.11 Mid-afternoon hike, sunny, temp about 50. Lots of people in the park. Construction on the Meramec Greenway. Solo. Brooks7 44
01/08/21 West Tyson County Park 4 2.57 1:05:13 2.364 25:23 14.90 3.73 Early afternoon hike, temp about 36, overcast. Parking lot full, but only saw 3 people the whole time. Lot was almost empty when I returned. Trail has a lot of flint gravel and was soft in places. Solo. Vasque1 475
01/10/21 Route 66 State Park 5 4.29 1:23:24 3.086 19:26 19.19 3.84 Early afternoon hike, temp about 28, cloudy. CCW loop from main parking lot. A few people out enjoying the park. Did side trail to river near RR bridge. Flat Creek Trail to Soetebier Park. Narrow Gauge train is gone. Solo. Merrell1 69
01/11/21 Laumeir Sculpture Park 6 3.39 1:28:20 2.303 26:03 22.58 3.76 Mid-afternoon hike, partly sunny, about 37. Clockwise loop experloring many of the side trails. Some areas a bit muddy. Easy to get 3 miles in. Solo. Merrell1 500
01/12/21 Fort Belle Fontaine County Park 7 3.78 1:25:36 2.650 22:39 26.36 3.77 Early afternoon hike, sunny, temp about 47. Trail muddy and mucky in spots. CW loop. Climbed the steps. Cool section of Coldwater Creek befores it dumps into the Missouri River - large slabs of limstone. Solo. Merrell1 366
01/13/21 Lone Elk County Park 8 3.17 1:16:27 2.488 24:07 29.53 3.69 Late morning hike, cloudy, temp about 50.CW loop from Visitor's Center. Saw about a dozen people on the trail. Saw3 deer and a dozen or so elk. Solo. Vasque1 500
01/14/21 Bee Tree County Park 9 3.12 1:13:22 2.552 23:31 32.65 3.63 Mid-morning hike, temp about 39, cloudy a little light rain. Two CCW loops of the lake. A bit muddy/mucky in places. With Mike Gawlak. Merrell1 329
01/28/21 Matson Hill Park 10 5.12 2:09:29 2.373 25:17 37.77 3.78 5.12   Mid-afternon, sunny, 32. Snow on the ground. Before Katie's 2nd Covid-19 vaccine shot in Washington MO. With Katie and Daniel. Merrell1 543
02/03/21 Whitecliff Park Crestwood MO 11 3.59 1:35:03 2.266 26:29 41.36 3.76 Early afternoon hike, sunny, 41. Lots of construction near the quarry pond. Vasque1 520
02/07/21 Whitecliff Park Crestwood MO 12 3.46 1:22:32 2.515 23:51 44.82 3.74 Early afternoon, overcast, 14 degrees or so. Some snow on the ground. Merrell1 484
02/11/21 Queeny County Park, Ballwin MO 13 4.14 1:12:59 3.404 17:38 48.96 3.77 Mid-afternoon hike, cloudy, 19. Snow on the ground. CCW outer loop from the upper parking lot. Merrell1 367
02/13/21 Whitecliff Park Crestwood MO 14 4.06 1:50:33 2.204 27:14 53.02 3.79 Mid-afternoon, overcast, 12, windy. Face was going numb. Snow on the ground. Solo. Vasque1 605
02/19/21 Timber Creek Nature Center Winfield KS 15 2.04 0:55:47 2.194 27:21 55.06 3.67     Early afternoon, sunny, 30. Tripped on a root under the snow surface, fell hard and hurt both knees, cut hike short. Someone wrote "Winfield" in the snow. Solo. Merrell1 87
03/03/21 Whitecliff Park Crestwood MO 16 3.12 1:15:25 2.482 24:10 58.18 3.64 Early afternoon hike, sunny, 66. Warm winter day, felt like Spring. Merrell1 424
03/09/21 Don Robinson State Park 17 3.08 1:22:22 2.244 26:45 61.26 3.60 3.08 Mid-afternoon hike, sunny, 73. Labarque Hills Trail. Nice trail, camping area for the scouts perhaps. With Kerry. Merrell1 521
03/14/21 Whitecliff Park Crestwood MO 18 3.40 1:27:29 2.332 25:44 64.66 3.59     Late afternoon hike, cloudy, 51. 4 or 5 kids were sitting above the quarry pond in the restricted area. Merrell1 362
04/01/21 Long Ridge Conservation Area, Sullivan MO 19 11.05 4:45:52 2.319 25:52 75.71 3.98 Retirement Anniversary Hike #7. Sunny, 36 and little wind. Started on the north loop and hiked the Blue Trail loop, Yellow Connector Trail, Red Trail, Green Trail and Yellow Connector Trail again. Beers at Point Labaddie Brewery afterwards. With Mark & Karen Weaver and Rick Peterson. Merrell1 1272
04/02/21 Big Four Railroad Bridge, Louisville KY 20 1.51 0:47:19 1.915 31:20 77.22 3.86 1.51 1.51 Late afternoon, sunny, about 50. Old railroad bridge converted to pedestrian/bicycle use. Cool views of downtown Louisville. You can walk from KY to IN. With Mary, Katie and Kerry. Merrell1 79
04/03/21 Waterfront Botanical Gardens Louisville KY 21 1.52 0:44:41 2.041 29:24 78.74 3.75 Late morning hike, 52, sunny. Lots of pretty flowers. Building was closed. We were masked. With Mary, Kerry and Katie. Merrell1 89
04/20/21 HooDoo Loop Trail Winfield KS 22 4.04 1:28:46 2.731 21:58 82.78 3.76 Late afternoon hike, 50, sunny. Some good pics along the way. Solo. Merrell1 233
04/26/21 Big Hill Lake, Cherryvale KS 23 2.08 0:52:26 2.380 25:13 84.86 3.69     Mid-morning hike, 72, sunny. Nice lake and camping area. Prior to driving bacl to Saint Louis. Solo. Merrell1 203
05/06/21 Queeny County Park, Ballwin MO 24 4.16 1:16:10 3.277 18:19 89.02 3.71 Mid-afternoon, 66 degrees. Pretty spring day. Saw some baby ducks near the pond. Merrell1 379
05/14/21 Whitecliff Park Crestwood MO 25 4.04 3:47:48 1.064 56:23 93.06 3.72 Mid-afternoon hike, sunny, 72. Lots of trail maintenance. Saw a bike apparently abandoned in the woods. Merrell1 356
05/21/21 Route 66 State Park 26 4.07 1:27:05 2.804 21:24 97.13 3.74   4.07 Early afternoon, temp about 83. Started and ended at Kircher Park. CCW loop. With Kerry. Merrell1 55
06/02/21 Whitecliff Park Crestwood MO 27 3.59 2:34:27 1.395 43:01 100.72 3.73 Late afternoon hike, temp about 70, partly cloudy. Lots of trail maintenance. Merrell1 290
06/09/21 Whitecliff Park Crestwood MO 28 3.59 1:37:51 2.201 27:15 104.31 3.73 Late morning hike, temp about 75. Pics of the new fishing pier, treehouse, railing and sink. Merrell1 447
06/24/21 Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Clermont KY 29 2.51 0:53:14 2.829 21:13 106.82 3.68     Recommended by Kerry. Forgot sunscreen so stopped to buy that. Cool forest, cool hike. Lots of people hiking. Cool Forest Giants sculptures and many pretty flowers. Merrell1 174
07/09/21 Harry S. Truman Park, Hazelwood MO 30 3.04 0:59:16 3.078 19:30 109.86 3.66 After dropping my bike off for repair in Univercity City - had an hour to kill. Recorded with Strava app. Big tree down, so turned around. Lots of bugs out. Merrell1 287
07/21/21 Cliff Cave County Park, Oakville MO 31 3.15 1:17:11 2.449 24:30 113.01 3.65   3.15 Mid-afternoon hike 86, felt like 92. Sweatfest. Kerry's 23rd birthday. From the upper parking lot. River Bluff Trail. Merrell1 228
08/09/21 Whitecliff Park Crestwood MO 32 3.20 1:20:12 2.394 25:04 116.21 3.63 Mid-afternoon hike, sunny, temp about 90. Pic of Naked Ladies flowers. Merrell1 395
08/20/21 Creve Coeur Park, Maryland Heights MO 33 5.06 2:05:28 2.420 24:48 121.27 3.67   5.06 Early afternoon, temp about 90. CCW loop of Bootlegger Trail. Saw a deer. With Kerry. Merrell1 352
09/18/21 Boulevard Park, Lake Saint Louis MO 34 2.02 0:50:21 2.407 24:56 123.29 3.63 2.02 2.02 Mid-morning hike, 74, clear. 2021 St. Louis Walk & Roll to Cure FSHD. 2 loops of Boulevard Park. With Mary, Katie, Kerry, Hoffmanns, Zilches. Brooks8 129
09/20/21 Coffeeville KS 35 2.02 0:38:41 3.133 19:09 125.31 3.58 Late afternoon, 93 and sunny. Roosevelt Scenic Drive trail. Cool old scenic drive that now is a trail. Too bad trees block much of the view. On way to Winfield. Brooks8 195
09/27/21 Whitecliff Park Crestwood MO 36 3.55 1:45:48 2.013 29:48 128.86 3.58     Late morning, sunny and 84. Did some trail maintenance along the way. Merrell1 420
10/01/21 Queeny County Park, Ballwin MO 37 4.15 1:26:52 2.866 20:56 133.01 3.59 Mid-afternoon, 81, cloudy. With backpack and 11lbs weight. CCW loop from upper parking lot. Saw a bunch of wild turkeys. Merrell1 308
10/04/21 Forest Park, Saint Louis MO 38 5.69 1:59:49 2.849 21:03 138.70 3.65 5.69 Mid-day hike, 75. Started/ended near Aviation Fields. CCW loop on heel path. Nice weather day, cool breeze. With backpack and 15lbs weight. With Kerry. Merrell1 210
10/07/21 Glencoe MO 39 6.10 2:28:35 2.463 24:21 144.80 3.71 Mid-morning hike, 66, cloudy. Al Foster trail and Bluffview Trail. Nice scenic views along the way. New downhill MTB trail being developed nearby. Merrell1 402
10/10/21 Greensfelder County Park 40 4.41 1:51:07 2.381 25:12 149.21 3.73 Early afternoon hike, sunny, 86. Beulah Trail CW at Katie's suggestion. Backpack and 25lbs weights. Parking lot full at the start and empty by the end. Merrell1 410
10/14/21 Eagle Rock Loop Day 1, Quachita Natl Forest AR 41 5.02 3:37:29 1.385 43:19 154.23 3.76 Drove about 3 hours to the Athens-Big Fork North Trailhead, it was raining so we drove to the closer Little Missouri/Athens-Big Fork Junction Trailhead via very bumpy gravel forest roads. Van lift-gate latch broke, luckily we already had our packs out.
Started the backpacking adventure about 1:55pm, temp about 82, with an immediate water crossing of the Little Missouri River. We made it about 20 minutes before the rain started again.
Hiked 5 miles over 4 mountains.
First summit had a scenic view, Spirit Rock Vista, but mostly we saw rain/drizzle/fog.
There was so much rain/drizzle/fog that when I got my phone out it was difficult to dry the screen enough to take pictures. I didn't have a dry spot on me.
5 miles, 10 water crossings.
Tree had fallen across the trail so we had to divert around it on a bunch of loose rock, not easy with a fully loaded backpack.
We wanted to get over 3 of the 6 mountains on the first day. Ultimately we decided to hike the fourth one as well.
Ended hiking about 5:33pm, temp was 78, rain had stopped.
Set up tents. Cooked dinner, freeze dried Pad Thai. It was decent. Shared some bourbon. Put our food bags in a dry sack, then into a varmint-proof bag, then hung it in a tree. To bed before dark. Didn't cool off much this evening.With my brother Dave.
Merrell1 1355
10/15/21 Eagle Rock Loop Day 2, Quachita Natl Forest AR 42 9.35 6:07:55 1.525 39:21 163.58 3.89 Up about 8am. Breakfast of hot coffee and Pop Tarts. Broke camp, started hiking around 9:20am.
We tackled the biggest mountain of the trip (#5), 800ft of climbing over 9/10 mile. Tough.
We skipped Brush Heap Mountain summit because it was too overcast/rainy.
We did drop our packs and hike to Eagle Rock Vista Scenic overlook where we found cell reception!
Sent a Snapchat and pic to family. Katie had sent some pics from Florida - they looked great.
Rained on again. Hiked Mountain #6. Another downed tree.
Crossed Little Missouri River with no issue, knee deep. It can be very deep here and fast moving current.
We used our Sawyer Squeeze's to get water from river and filter it - worked great.
Heavy rain for 15 minutes, later the sun appeared. Wet 3 days in a row.
Saw lots of hikers today, perhaps because itís Friday.
Confused at one spot, two dudes ahead of said weíll watch you. A mother and daughter were coming from other way. I asked where they crossed, she said they were mistaken, trail stayed on our side. Solid tip, glad I asked!
Stumbled upon a fridge that exists between the river and the trail, we both singed it as is tradition. We marveled at how this fridge got here as no nearby roads.
9.3 miles, 6:07 time. 19 water crossings, 1,240 ft of elevation gain.
Talked and sipped bourbon. Lots of daddy long-leg spiders at campsite. In tent by 8pm.
Campsite by Little Missouri River, nice white noise. With my brother Dave.
Merrell1 1240
10/16/21 Eagle Rock Loop Day 3, Quachita Natl Forest AR 43 8.41 5:04:59 1.655 36:16 171.99 4.00 Up about 8am, didnít feel like getting out of bed because it was cold outside. Moving slow. Because of all the water crossings the first two days, I had been wearing Keen sandals.
Little toes on both feet rubbed raw and bleeding so it's band-aides, wool socks and a change of footwear (real hiking shoes) today. Breakfast of pop tart and coffee.
Dave was ready to way before me so he filtered some water from the river for us to drink on today's hike.
On the trail about 10:15am. Tried to help a couple that were lost trying to return from Winding Stairs. They were headed in the wrong direction. Signage not the greatest in this area. Lots of hikers/backpackers. Bathroom closed at Albert Pike Recreation Area. We were so looking forward to this. Campground is closed here as a flash flood killed 20 campers in 2010 when the river rose from 3' to 23' in four hours. We had lunch at the picnic area which is still open. Did hike to Winding Stairs, nothing to see? Slipped in the water twice crossing the river. Met two dudes trying to complete the hike in 1.5 days, impressive!
Ended hiking about 4pm.
8.41 miles, 10 water crossings.
Pooped in the woods, cumbersome. Gives whole new meaning to the phrase "tree hugger".
Tortillaís and peanut butter for dinner. We had a nice campfire. Bourbon: Blantonís, Woodford Reserve. With my brother Dave.
Merrell1 1125
10/17/21 Eagle Rock Loop Day 4, Quachita Natl Forest AR 44 7.57 4:00:26 1.889 31:46 179.56 4.08 Up at 7am, coldest night yet, down into the 40ís. Dave put on his puffy jacket during the night because he was so cold. Breakfast was Pop Tarts and water. No coffee as decent bathroom facilities far and few between.
Started hiking just after 8:30am. Highlight was Little Missouri Falls. Fun to climb around on them. Reminded me of Johnson's Shutins a little bit.
Left the yellow painted rock at a trailhead near the Little Missouri Falls. We had found this rock on a trail in Winfield KS and I had forgotten about for a while.
Restrooms (pit toilets) open at the falls. This was the only open bathroom on the whole trip. Lots of up and down, rocks and roots. My neck/shoulders got fatigued so I had to stop about 4/10 mile from the finish to rest a bit.
River was down where we started on Thursday, so we could hop across the rocks and not get our feet wet. Finished about 1:20pm, just under 72 hours from when we started. We shared a celebratory beer as we loaded gear in the van.
7.57 miles, 11 water crossings.
I drove, Dave navigated but no cell signal here. Miles and miles of bad gravel roads to back to highway 8. Lots of 4 runners on the gravel roads. Stopped at McDonald's for double cheese burgers with extra pickles, great combo.
Drove back to Springdale AR to retrieve Dave's car, then on to Rogers AR. Got at room at the Embassy Suites near the Uptown Kitchen and Bar. Intended to walk to the restaurant for dinner but my two little toes both had blisters so we used Uber there and back. With my brother Dave.
Merrell1 921
10/24/21 Terre Du Lac MO 45 2.75 0:55:49 2.956 20:18 182.31 4.05     Late morning hike, 72, cloudy. Big CCW loop around Lake Marseilles with the Bretch's and Hoffmann's. Brooks8 71
11/26/21 Rockcut State Park, Pierce Lake 46 4.02 1:16:32 3.152 19:02 186.33 4.05 About 25 and cloudy. Clockwise loop from On our way to Milwaukee. With Katie. Merrell1 229
11/29/21 Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee WI 47 3.63 1:17:53 2.796 21:27 189.96 4.04 Late morning hike, 32, cloudy, some wind. While Mary shopped. Visitors Center was closed. With Kerry. Merrell1 108
11/30/21 Milwaukee WI 48 5.30 1:42:20 3.107 19:18 195.26 4.07     Mary and Kerry dropped me off at the Lincoln Park then swent shopping. Lincoln Park to Lower East Side. Solo. Merrell1 161
12/02/21 Whitecliff Park Crestwood MO 49 5.14 2:12:07 2.334 25:42 200.40 4.09 Sunny and about 70. I saw 24 people on the trails, the most ever. Wonderful day to be outside. Talked to Kerry who was hiking in Milwaukee. Merrell1 675
12/06/21 Officer Blake Snyder Memorial Park 50 3.38 1:19:59 2.536 23:40 203.78 4.08 Mid-afternoon hike, sunny, 39. Some of the trails overgrown in places. A woman and her two dogs passed me 3 times. Merrell1 377
12/10/21 Whitecliff Park Crestwood MO 51 3.32 1:22:15 2.422 24:46 207.10 4.06 Mid-afternoon hike, foggy, temp about 61. Before the rain hit. Merrell1 384
12/11/21 Laumeir Sculpture Park, Sunset Hills MO 52 2.39 1:25:56 1.669 35:57 209.49 4.03 Early afternoon hike, sunny, about 46. Fun to see all the sculptures. Coffee at Teveo. With Kelly. Merrell1 313
12/16/21 Castlewood State Park 53 4.50 1:36:30 2.798 21:27 213.99 4.04 Early afternoon hike, sunny, 52. Clockwise loop of the Grotpeter Trail. New sub-division going in on the north side. Saw two other people. Trail soft and muddy in places. Vasque1 460
12/19/21 Forest Park, Saint Louis MO 54 4.35 1:27:20 2.989 20:05 218.34 4.04 Mid-afternoon hike, sunny, about 37. Ad lib rooute from the Visitor's Center to the southwest. Saw agroup looking for owls to photograph. After 6 & 7 Candles at Side Project Cellar. Merrell1 280
12/22/21 Whitecliff Park Crestwood MO 55 3.70 1:30:39 2.449 24:30 222.04 4.04 Mid-day, sunny, about 37. Spoke with a woman who was putting out bird seed. She had seen a special woodpecker and a bald eagle a few minutes before. Merrell1 517
12/24/21 Winfield, KS 56 4.28 1:38:44 2.601 23:04 226.32 4.04 HooDoo Trail and SC campus hike from Grandpa's. Breakfast at College Hill Coffee on the way. With Ketie, Dave & Charlene, Emma, Benjamin and Aaron. Merrell1 238
12/27/21 Washington State Park 57 6.30 2:41:19 2.343 25:36 232.62 4.08     Early afternoon hike, sunny, 61. CCW loop from Thunderbird Lodge. Vasque1 1030
Meters Feet
Total Mileage   232.62 101:23:42 11.23 24.58 Total: 7009 22998
Target Mileage 230.00 -2.62 Average: 123 403
Percent Complete 101.1% -2.62 miles needed Total
Elapsed Day 365 0 * miles needed per Week
Percent of Current Year 100.0% 100.00 * miles needed per Day
Monthly Mileage     Month Total Max Month Cumlative Grant Total   Hikes Per Month
January Mileage     37.77 55 37.77 1231.37   10
February Mileage 17.29 22 55.06 1248.66   5
March Mileage 9.60 39 64.66 1258.26   3
April Mileage 20.20 24 84.86 1278.46   5
May Mileage 12.27 28 97.13 1290.73   3
June Mileage 9.69 22 106.82 1300.42   3
July Mileage 6.19 22 113.01 1306.61   2
August Mileage 8.26 64 121.27 1314.87   2
September Mileage 7.59 64 128.86 1322.46   3
October Mileage 53.45 25 182.31 1375.91   9
November Mileage 12.95 54 195.26 1388.86   3
December Mileage     37.36 53 232.62 1426.22   9
232.62 57
Mileage at the end of 2020 1193.60
Cumlative Mileage since 2015 1426.22 232.62
Target (1,500 Miles) 73.78
Shoes/Boots   EOY 2020 Current Year Total          
Brooks5 - Brooks Adrenaline GTS 12 Green   70.87 0.00 70.87         Put in Service 04/02/2013
Saucony1 - Saucony Guide 7 Sil/Blu/Blk 0.00 0.00 0.00 Put in Service 12/31/2013
Vasque1 - Vasque Scree 2.0 Mid UltraDry 512.27 24.19 536.46 Put in Service 04/06/2015
Saucony3 - Saucony Guide 7 Sil/Blu/Blk 26.58 0.00 26.58 Put in Service 10/20/2015
Brooks6 - Brooks Adrenaline GTS 12 Blu/Sil 29.63 0.00 29.63 Put in Service 01/01/2017
Saucony5 - Saucony Guide 8 Wht/Blu/Ctn 3.14 0.00 3.14 Put in Service 08/04/2017
Saucony6 - Saucony Guide 8 Blk/Slm/Ctn 10.92 0.00 10.92 Put in Service 05/17/2018
Columbia1 - Columbia Hikers 106.06 0.00 106.06 Put in Service 07/22/2018, from Jerry Roloff
Brooks7 - Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 Gry/Blu 159.03 3.11 162.14 Put in Service 03/05/2019
Merrell1 - Merrell Men's Moab 2 Vent 275.10 198.53 473.63 Put in Service 04/21/2019
Brooks8 - Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20 Gry/Blu 0.00 6.79 6.79 Put in Service
                     
Totals:   1193.60 232.62 1426.22
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