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St. Louis/St. Charles, Missouri area must see caches

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Wife, daughter and I have a day set aside this Sunday for caching, and I'm wondering if there is any particular area that we've not thought of yet (yeah, at 66 finds, we are far from depleting our area yet) that are super views, or just must visit parks/areas/caches. Two weeks ago, we set out for the day and found 21 out of 22! What a great day. Thanks for any input or advice!

 

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Suggest you try the caches along the Lewis and Clark trail in the Busch Wildlife area. There are some great views of the river starting about a mile from the trailhead. The Lewis and Clark trails split 2 or 3 miles from the trailhead. The entire loop is quite long, so be prepared. I don't recall exactly, but I think the longer of the two is 7 miles or so. The shorter is in the neighborhood of 4-5 miles?

 

If you are interested in history, the Hamburg trail, which runs alongside Highway 94, is a cache-rich area. There are occasional signboards with information on the history of the area. This one is best done on a bike because it's a long, linear out and back hike. Individual segments can be done on foot since there are parking lots at frequent intervals.

 

For a road less traveled hiking experience, you might try the caches in the Lost Valley area at Busch Wildlife. No particularly spectacular views, but much less heavily used.

 

Somewhat farther from home, if your daughter (or you) likes Harry Potter, try the HP series in Cliff Cave County park.

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Thanks for the great ideas, I'll have to keep them in mind for when my wife and I have a sitter, or when my daughter gets a little bit older, she's only 19 months old right now, and although she does enjoy getting out and doing some walking with mom and dad, she doesn't tolerate the really long hikes too much yet. We're building her up to it though. <_<

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For shorter walks, try the south end of Queeny Park (and/or attend the SLAGA picnic on 10/10). Or try Kirkwood Park at Geyer Road and West Adams. Forest Park has a lot of caches as well, but they tend to be more spread out.

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