High Ridge Trail is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Columbia, MO that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
High ridge 1.75 mile loop trail climbs to the top of the ridge, offering scenic views before descending and following Clear Creek. High Ridge Trail climbs to a hilltop and follows a ridge before descending to follow Clear Creek. The ridge top follows scenic views of the surrounding park and of native grasslands. White connector 6 reduces the distance to one-half mile. The trail is suitable for mountain biking, which is only permitted when the trail is dry. There is a spur to an access point for the trail off of Rock Quarry Road.
Beautiful views. Starts out in mountain top grassland the through the woods and along a creek. If you hike around sunset there are tons of lightening bugs as well.
Trail is marked a little oddly, bit choose your own adventure style - but all the paths eventually lead back and you can take a different way each time you go on the trail.
We've hiked near the end of winter it was pretty muddy since the trail dips down and follows a creek bed - much nicer hike in early spring. I would make sure to wear pants, some areas of the trail were more overgrown.
The eastern half works its way up and around the high ridge that gives it's name and the scenic views. The western half is on a more difficult path, with rocks and roots and slopes giving it some difficulty as you work your way through a more wooded area and parallel a creek for a short period of time. I went in April and came across several ticks along the way so be wary of the taller grasses.
This is a nice looping trail for a mix of woods and open grassland. As the name implies, one long length of this trail runs along the top of a ridge with long views to the surrounding countryside. Some of the terrain along this trail is steeper and slightly more challenging than many of the other trails in the Rock Bridge system.