Hours of Idleness-A Photographer's Journey in St. Louis

Interlude: Lone Elk Park

Posted in art, family, Hike, Jason Gray, photography, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on March 24, 2016

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One of my family’s favorite places to hike is Lone Elk Park, a wildlife management area for elk and bison within a very short drive from downtown St. Louis.  Combined with a visit to the World Bird Sanctuary located right next door, this can be a full day’s worth of free fun with fur and feathers.

“Interludes” are the posts in-between the posts that this site focuses on, and provide me with an opportunity to share things that I find interesting. They are not archived like the core posts.

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Hiking in Lone Elk Park includes the moderate 4-mile long White Bison Trail that meanders around the Park’s central lake, as well as, the trailhead to the more challenging Chubb Trail (which quickly leaves Lone Elk for Tyson Park).  The terrain of the trail is mostly earthen with several switchbacks, steep hills and valleys, and the path is well marked/maintained.  Depending upon where you are on the trail your surroundings will vary from dense forest, to open savannah, to lakeside views.  The most popular way to experience Lone Elk Park is by driving through it (only way to view the bison), so hikers should be cautious of vehicles when crossing roadways.

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Just like in other Missouri parks, ticks can be a problem during the warm months depending upon their populations (last summer, we tried to hike White Bison, but gave up after pulling off about a dozen ticks within the first few hundred yards).  That said, late Fall and early Spring are excellent times of the year to enjoy Lone Elk Park.  Locals seem to recognize this though, so expect to share the trail when the weather is nice.

The Park has a very interesting history, which I wrote about for Photo Flood Saint Louis here.

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  1. Maggie said, on March 24, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    What a great collection of photos. I love your selected focus.. It makes the photos very interesting and beautiful.

  2. Jason Gray said, on March 24, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Thanks Maggie! Most of those were shot with the 35mm f/1.8G, which isn’t really a macro lens, but it lets you get in pretty close nonetheless. In the past, I never really took it out on hikes, although it is now my favorite for that sort of thing. Super lightweight and inexpensive too!

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