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As its name implies, the Monarch-Chesterfield Levee Trail was built on top of an embankment created to protect Chesterfield from Missouri River flooding. As such, it offers a wide, flat route over smooth pavement.
The trail covers just over 10 miles on the western outskirts of St. Louis, beginning near the Howell Island Conservation Area, a heavily forested region popular for birdwatching, fishing and hiking. From there, the trail travels east through open grassland.
Along the way, the trail provides access to the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex, which includes playgrounds, concession areas, restrooms and dozens of playing fields for baseball, softball, soccer and football.
The trail currently ends in the east at the Hardee’s Iceplex. A disconnected southern section of the trail running next to Bonhomme Creek will eventually meet the main trail at the facility.
Two large parking lots are available just off the trail at the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex (17925 N. Outer 40 Road).
The Monarch trail is closed until sometime next year.
Not a bad trail. Very wide and lightly traveled during the week. I like flat trails even though the wind and sun can mess with you at times. There are many prettier trails in West St Louis County, but this one is still good for a steady peddling workout.
Also, the bridge over the Missouri River (I-64 bridge) is temporarily closed.
A construction worker from the sewer district said the trail would be closed until March 2018 - the closed section is between the Boone's crossing bridge and the Chesterfield Valley Athletic complex. You can bypass the closed section by using gravel roads to connect to "North outer forty road". Ride on this road for about 1/2 mile to bypass the closed trail section.
Also, the bridge over the Missouri river is also closed. So you can't get to St. Charles County or the Katy Trail. I'm not sure the duration of this closing, but it does not look like a major project
Noisy noisy noisy highway right up against it!
Busy, boring, straight, flat, and the path(s) are mostly along the top of a levee, so it slopes off rapidly on both sides.
If there is any wind whatsoever you'll get the full brunt of it, possibly more due to the updrafts from the slopes.
Do not take a younger kids here.
There are several other better options nearby, take a pass on this one.
I really like this trail for my skill at roller skating and age. I start at the Hardees end and skate to near the river where it starts to go downhill. I then turn around and return to my start point. As a result, i skate about 10 miles. I am surprised how little it is used; I rarely encounter other users. I've used this trail 3 times and when weather gets warmer, i will use it more often. There are several locations where trucks/cars enter the flood plain; as a result, there might be pieces of gravel to skate around. But I have been lucky and have had no accidents. Pretty good for a 70 year old lady.
This is a great paved trail. I read the reviews and the warnings that the part that goes under the bridge was closed. I was pleased to find all current 10.4 completed miles open. I would like to return and ride the loop when they complete the entire loop. I will ride this trail again soon.
The western end of the trail is closed at the Missouri River Bridge so you can't cross to the south side of Interstate 64 (highway 40) yet. But there is still 6 or 8 miles of trail (all asphalt) on top of the levee on the north side of I-64 (south side of the Missouri River) from the Hardees ice complex at the east to the bridge at the western end.
This is a good trail for fast riders. Very flat. With the addition of crossing the Mo. river connecting this trail to the KATY trail adds further to its' value. However, it is disjointed with the eastern end cutoff from the southern isolated section. Why can't this be connected? I had read where the money was allocated a few years ago, but no progress has been made. Another improvement would be to run the trail northward along the levy connecting the Page Extension trail. This would give riders a fantastic circular ride to connect to the Katy trail and back and to Creve Coeur Park trail systems. I feel the St. Louis County trail systems fall short and this could enhance the ridership and experience.
The trail now extends an additional 4 miles by going under the bridge and south. In total if you run the trail as a loop it's about 16 miles. They are also working to extend the trail to circle the entire valley. It's all new pavement and plenty of parking by the Chesterfield parks department and ball fields.
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