Mina Saulk Falls Trail is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ironton, Missouri that features a waterfall 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
Scenic overlooks, Missouri's tallest waterfall, and the tallest mountain in Missouri. This a fairly easy hike, although the trail is rocky in some areas. The Mina Saulk Falls is at the half way point. This trail also intersects with the Ozark Trail. The trail is well marked. Please note that there are areas that are off-limits due to fragile ecological conditions. These areas are marked by small stop signs.
Can't wait to go back and see the falls REALLY running!
Karen and I took a chance on the weather this morning and left St. Louis in the pouring rain and headed south towards Taum Sauk Mountain and a chance to catch Mina Sauk Falls running (given the recent snow and rain), and it was much better than sitting at home on a 55 degree Decembe day.
The weathermen were right, and by the time we hit the trailhead, the rain had stopped and the temperature begain to start warming up. We quickly detoured to get the obliglatory photo at Missouri's highest point on Taum Sauk Mountain (some 1772ft above sea level).....but don't worry, it is not much of a summit or much of a view (in fact, I am quite surpised that, that is the highest point in the state). So down the trail we went.
The trail started out rather tame, and quickly transformed into the type of Ozark trails we have come to appreciate. Lots of geology changes, with plenty of softball sized boulders to trip over. But the views, the glades, and the falls were all worth the trip. We hopped on part of the Ozark Trail to head down to the base of Mina Sauk Falls to catch it running. What an awesome place in Missouri. I would really like to see it when it is really running, but it was still quite a site. As the trail headed up the falls, it seems the falls just kept cascading until we reached just a small trickle of a stream running along the Ozark Trail.
All in all it was a great hike, and one that we will be doing again.
Ascent: 594 ft
Descent: 560 ft
Max Elevation: 1828 ft
My favorite hike so far. What a amazing place. very rugged but well worth it. Great place for backpacking. Bring a camera
Very challenging hike with all the large loose rocks throughout the trail. Amazing waterfall with plenty of little pools. Beautiful views of the surrounding area and the geology is off the charts! Will certainly be back for another round.
Great trail, lots of climbing with some rugged terrain!
light rain made for a great hike and waterfall looked amazing
This trail has every type of terrain. Good hiking boots are definitely recommended. I very much enjoyed this hike.
Great hike...waterfall was running beautifully.
Rugged but beautiful hike.
No rain in the prior week to have a good waterfall but the hike was what I wanted for Father's Day.
Great time! Waterfall was going nice and trail was rugged, how I like it, but not too difficult for my 7yr old. Scare from rattlesnake at the end proved to be a highlight that she will not forget.
Very scenic and pretty.
This was a great hike! I added a stretch of the Ozark Trail after I reached the Falls and rather than immediately continue on the loop I went out to the Devil's Tollgate plus around a half mile. Stopped for lunch near the water. Beautiful day today temps in the high 50s-may have reached 60. Stunning. I would rate this hike in my top 3-4 of all time. Next time I would like to continue on the OT to the Johnson's ShutIns if I can arrange a ride. (mileage reflect just the track to turn around point...actual mileage doubled)