Devil's Honeycomb Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Irondale, MO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Devil's Honeycomb trail is a 1.5 mile loop hiking trail that is half forest with glades, savanna, and old fields. A unique geologic formation known as Devil's honeycomb is comprised of polygonal columns of rhyolite and can be found at the area's highest point. The rocks were once liquefied by ancient volcanoes associated with the St. Francois Mountains. Some of the molten rock contracted and cracked as it cooled to create multi-sided columns. A rhyolite formation, known locally as the Devils Honeycomb, is one of Missouri's geologic wonders, and is the highest point on Hughes Mountain. The areas glades are natural openings on western or southern slopes and are dominated by native grasses and a variety of wildflowers. Glades occur where the soils are extremely thin and usually include areas of exposed bedrock. The thin soils, combined with the south and west exposure create a uniquely harsh habitat. 2/3 of the area is wooded. The forest is dominated by post and white oaks with areas of stunted specimens of blackjack oak and black hickory. Glade plants include little bluestem, broomsedge, poverty grass, the small but colorful flame flower, prickly pear cactus, yellow star grass, spiderwort, and wild hyacinth. Animals often found on these glades include fence lizards, collared lizards, lichen grasshoppers, and prairie warblers. Exposed rocks within glades are often covered with a variety of lichens.
It was incredible. Very sacred space
I really enjoy going out there!
If you like good views and looking at rocks formed 1.5 billion years ago with relatively little effort this trail is for you. Short uphill hike up a couple spots that could be better marked but for most part trail is visible. Worth staying up on rocks for view and maybe picnic. Just 0.8 miles each way went on 70 and sunny day and only ran across a few other people.
This trail has some of the best rhyolite outcroppings I've ever seen in Missouri (with no water running through them). It's definitely worth the 1.3 mile hike! Awesome views of the St. Francois mountain range.
i really enjoyed this trail..i hiked it by myself after a light snow. i had the entire trail to myself. i wish i had not put this one off as long as i had. my only regret is i did not l bring my dog with me, he would have loved the hike.
A friend and I decided to check out this trail on a Friday afternoon. We arrived just before 2:00 p.m. and quickly started the trail and hiked through the short field and up the moderate incline of the mountain until we reached the top where all the beautiful rock formations were found. The snow on the trail provided a great work out and made it interesting when we descending back down the mountain. We thoroughly enjoyed the view of the Taum Sauk Mountain range atop the beautiful honeycomb rocks. The trail is an up and back trail that is 1.5 miles in total length and can be completed in a little over an hour. However, it is worth spending extra time at the peak of the honeycomb rocks taking in the view! Great photo op!
Rated a four for the unique geological structures. Simple quick easy hike. Not a destination but worth it when in the area.
This is a great and easy hike to a wonderful view. You don't get a whole lot of great mountain views in Missouri, but this one is a short slightly uphill hike to some very interesting red rock formations known as Devil's honeycomb." You start off at the edge of a field, then hike through the trees and several glades along the way to the final open clearing near a metal post. Then just wander around the rocks to find the best views before returning back the way you came. We didn't see anyone on our hike around 8:00 AM.
The end is well worth the somewhat boring beginning. The trail is generally easy to follow but could use some markers at a couple of "less than obvious" decision points. Unfortunately, the trail is not well maintained. There were trees down in several locations and the signpost you encounter when first emerging into the clearing at the top is just that--a signpost with no sign. Fortunately, all that is forgotten when you start exploring. The formations are fascinating and the view is spectacular. You'll also notice that many who have gone before seem to have had a fascination with stacking stones to make small pillars. Don't make the mistake of thinking these mark any sort of path! Just meander the rest of your way to the highest point by whatever route looks most interesting to you!
Nice easy trail. My 3 boys 6,4, and almost 3, and I made it , we ran most of the way down. They did real good.
not a loop hike up hill not a loop steep at times and up hill most of the way to the honey comb rock