ST. STANISLAUS PARK MISSOURI RIVER TRAIL
Copyright 1992, by Bob Soetebier
St. Stanislaus Park is administered by the Missouri Dept. of
Conservation. The park is located in n.w. St. Louis County at the
junction of Aubuchon Rd. and Charbonier Rd. At the base of the big
hill on Charbonier Rd., just across the creek bridge on the uphill
side to the northwest is where you can start hiking.
You can either park at Aubuchon/Charbonier junction/curve and walk
a 1/4-mile along Charbonier Rd. the trailhead, or try to park on
either side of the road at the bridge; but, there is only room for one
car near the bridge/trailhead.)
The trail follows an old dirt road paralleling the flats at the
base of the bluff hill on the immediate northeast side of the creek.
You can walk the road (if it's not too muddy, that is) for a couple of
miles all the way to the junction of the creek and the Missouri R.
You can even walk out into the river on a rock wing dam.
If you want to make a loop out of it, you can scramble up the bluff
hill, as we did on a well-worn steep trail (watch for an old round,
elevated cistern on your right a few yards after you start the hike
for this optional route.) From up on top the bluff (without the
leaves on the trees) you can see for miles. You'll also find remnant
foundations for many of the buildings that the monks used at the old
monastery there as you walk west along the blufftop trail. You'll
end up scrambling down the hill back to the old dirt road if you go
far enough to the north/west. If you go southeast on the blufftop
instead, you'll come to the FAA hilltop station and a paved road and
field that takes you back to the top of the hill on Charbonier Rd.,
where you could just follow the road back down to your car.
Underlined items in trip account link to additional related info about
the points of interest.]