Pinnacles Youth Park Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews

Pinnacles Youth Park Trail is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sturgeon, MO that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.1 miles 94 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

forest

river

views

wild flowers

over grown

scramble

The Pinnacles Youth Park is a privately run area north of Columbia. The trail to the pinnacles is wonderful, narrow, and sometimes steep. There is also a rock shelf on a spur at the west end of the trail. This is a great hike with wonderful views of the Silver Fork Creek Valley.

hiking
25 days ago

Great fall hike. Followed the trail to the right and found the cave or whatever you call it. We found a bat sleeping! Crossed the stream by rock hopping. Short distance to the rock formations. Had a great time climbing on them and finding a little danger. It's not easy hiking around the rocks. But people have made some easier trails to bypass difficult sections. Don't forget to drop a donation into the pole by the sign. This is a privately maintained park and donations are needed to keep it nice.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice little trail, I had to cross the creek to hike up to the pinnacles or you can get there from the road.

hiking
3 months ago

Loved it. Reminded me of being in Colorado when on the rock outcrops.

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Weather was nice, we went around 4:00pm and had the perfect amount of time to spend checking out the stream...walking the trails. Nice to get out into nature and get some exercise. This was a short trail, wish it was longer. We enjoyed the family time.
I've tried to add photos 2x but it won't let me...I'll keep trying

5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Scenic, friendly people encountered and clean hiking trails.

geocaching
10 months ago

cross country skiing
1 year ago

Trail was great for the whole family. Must pay attention on the trails with kids but a fun little hike.

hiking
1 year ago

Absolutely beautiful!

1 year ago

Awesome place!

walking
1 year ago

As soon as you get there you walk straight to the creek and rock formations. There's a trail to the right that will take you to a large rock overhang that runs along the creek. If you want to climb on the big rocks you have to cross the creek. Be prepared to get a little dirty.

camping
1 year ago

Awesome place to camp (and hike) with your kids. It has several nice pavilions, tree identification signs along the trail, and an ampitheter with stage. Awesome for groups!

rock climbing
1 year ago

Nice short climbing faces available and crossing the shallow creek on Icy rocks was thrilling. The view from the Pinnacle was spectacular and not another soul on New Years Day 2015
Wish I had another friend left below to take pictures of me at the summit. There is a hole formation in the rockwall that looks like a Heart and a deep rock shelf at the side of the creek at the end of a pathway

hiking
2 years ago

Great place for being in mid-Missouri. You can climb on top most of the rock formations although it is a steep drop off to the creek below. The trail getting over to the rock formations is not very hard though it does go up and down some hills. Awesome place for a short hike.

hiking
2 years ago

I absolutely love this trail but it can be so much more than the 2 miles or so that it claims. Once you get to the top of the Pinnacles, you can explore little alcoves with a gorgeous view. After that. Start climbing down and to the other side of the Pinnacles. There is a lot to explore back there including lots of mini waterfalls, a rocky beach, and just overall a pretty park. Take the road less travelled with this one (of course being careful in the process).

hiking
4 years ago

Pinnacles Youth Park is a gem. The trail up the Pinnacles is narrow and sometimes steep, and you are rewarded with great views of the valley from the top. The Rock Shelf at the end of the West spur is also a great stop. The trail is high, so people who are afraid of heights may want to stay away from this one, as well as hikers with small children. The trail is very narrow in places, with steep drop-offs. I highly recommend this trail. It's short, engaging, and beautiful.