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Bell Mountain Loop Trail

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Bell Mountain Loop Trail es un sendero circular de 11.6 millas con tráfico ligero localizado cerca de Belleview, Misuri. Tiene un río y es calificado como moderado. El sendero ofrece una serie de opciones de actividades y es accesible todo el año. Los perros también pueden usar este sendero, pero deben estar atados con correa.

Distancia: 11.6 miles Desnivel: 1,683 feet Tipo de ruta: Circular

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mochilear

acampada

senderismo

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observación de aves

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rocoso

Oak and hickory are the predominate tree species, with some areas of natural oak-pine and some short leaf pine plantations. Upland brush and red cedar make up a small portion of the vegetative component. Blackjack oak, winged elm, hickories, sumac, and native grasses are found on the glades. Lichens abound on the exposed-surface rock. Some areas on Bell Mountain that were cleared in the 1940's now have almost pure stands of Northern Red Oak. Shut-in Creek crosses the area. It is a perennial spring fed stream with several shut-ins, or gorges along its course. Steep talus slopes intersect the stream course at several locations. Joe's Creek is another small perennial stream within the Wilderness. Bell Mountain Wilderness provides a unique habitat situation not typical of the majority of Missouri's Ozarks. The predominately oak-hickory forest is interspersed with pine and scattered glades resulting in a diversity of plant species more common to old growth forest. This habitat situation favors mature forest species such as pileated woodpeckers, wood thrush and oven birds.

senderismo
fangoso
rocoso
18 days ago

Didn’t hike the full loop, but enjoyed the portion of the trail that we walked. We parked by the trailhead on Highway A and then hiked counter-clockwise to the summit of Bell Mountain. The trail was covered with leaves in many areas, but was still fairly easy to follow. Much of the trail was rocky and it had a fair amount of uphill and downhill portions, which made for a fun but slightly challenging hike. Because of the inclines and rocky paths, hiking up to the top of the mountain might not be the best idea for casual or beginner hikers. The view during the hike was pleasant enough, cool terrain and nice forest views. The view from the summit was top notch, possibly the best view I’ve come across in Missouri. From atop the rocky outcroppings, you can see for miles. The summit also had plenty of rock circles for building fires and lots of great areas to set up tents and hammocks. We did not see any goats or hogs, as other hikers have reported, but ran into another hiking group that said they saw a group of a few dozen hogs as they were walking the trail. The group said that the hogs looked them over once, and then ran off in the opposite direction. All in all, this was a great trail and we had a great time hiking it. I would recommend this for any hiking enthusiast, or anyone looking for a great view in Missouri. Date of trip: 1/4/20-1/5/20

senderismo
fangoso
27 days ago

The trail is great 10/10 for any trails in the area. We went counter clockwise and camped at the summit (Wich is 4.7 miles) and then hiked back. The trail is a little muddy but a very nice trail. It’s not to hard and it not so easy that it’s boring. The view at the top is stunning. If you are hikeing counter clockwise when you get to the summit don’t stop at the first few camp sights walk a little farther and there is a much better view a little off trail. There is plenty of wild life to be seen the goats hung around us all day and night and were sad when we left. There are feral hogs the we saw plenty of sign and heard one squeal at night.

senderismo
2 months ago

My second overnight hike of this loop. I parked at HWY A and hiked the loop clockwise, that way I get the long hike up then a shorter one back to the car the following day. The trail is well used and in good condition, fallen leaves do cover it in a few spots and you have to watch carefully to make sure you stay on the trail. There is plenty of camping at the summit so even on busy nights you should be able to find a secluded spot. There is no water at the top, you have to bring it with you. There is a nice river at about mile 5.2 on the way up to fill up.

senderismo
2 months ago

Did this on November 8-9 with my dog, hiked counter-clockwise. Follow the sign in the parking lot for Ozark Trail - it will lead you north about a hundred yards, then across the highway to the trail. The first intersection was clearly marked with a sign. The second was marked with pink marker ribbons which wasn't quite as noticeable. Most of the elevation gain is between the trailhead and the first trail intersection. After the second intersection, it was mostly a flat and winding path through the forest to get to the Bell Mountain summit vistas. Plenty of camping spots on the summit, most with fire rings. Bring water - no streams along trail, just a few rocks with depressions that have collected water. Mostly forest views, a couple clearings with vistas facing west before the first intersection, then the vistas at the summit that allows you views east to Lindsey Mountain and beyond.

senderismo
2 months ago

A friend and I backpacked this loop counter clockwise. We camped at the summit and finished the remaining 7.6 miles on the second day. The hike from Hwy A to the summit is 10 stars for a Missouri trail. However, the rest of the loop was left us wishing we had done and out and back instead. The trail takes you down into a valley along Ottery Creek which is basically stagnant water. You then hike a couple of miles in flat woods, then right back up the mountain to where the loop connects to the OT. Then back down the OT to the parking lot. Our moods were sky high heading out the morning of day 2, but quickly plummeted with heavy packs, no views and lots of elevation change. I came home with several large blisters on my feet. The trail was covered in grapefruit sized rocks covered by leaves. Because the 4.5 mile trail to the summit and our overnight at top was so amazing- I would absolutely do this again.... but as an out and back, not the entire loop. Be sure to wear liners with your socks and shoes. I’ve had my boots for three years and hike in them often and still came home with blisters. Also, be sure to BBC carry all your water as there isn’t a great reliable water source on the trail. There’s a small pond, but the trail around it was all dug up from hogs, so I would not grab water there as I’m sure it’s their local watering hole. The only wildlife we saw were two goats at the top. Hardly even heard a bird which I found strange. Arrive early. We got there at 10:30am and there was literally just enough available parking for us and one other car (admittedly, this was probably one of the busiest fall weekends).

senderismo
rocoso
3 months ago

I hiked from highway A trail head until the summit and back down the same way because I was short on time. It took about 5 hours total round trip including multiple breaks. Awesome trail with great views

senderismo
rocoso
3 months ago

I did the loop in a day this summer, starting from Highway A. Starting at the forest road is shorter but more boring. The horse flies were the only bad part. Some people said they saw some feral hogs, but I did not. There are views as you climb the spur from Highway A, but you do need to take a moment and go look for a break in the cedars for them. Then, I recommend taking a left on the loop trail down to Joe's Creek. It's a rocky, steep hike, but it's DOWN, at least. The creek valley was lush and pleasant and I had no problem following the trail in the summer at peak growth season. The trail goes back up steeply, but it's not as steep if you're going clockwise, and then you are rewarded with the summit views after your climb out of the creek valley. The climb to the summit is rocky and has those awful ledges that make steps, but it's all worth it at the top. If you explore the glades to the left of the trail as you approach the summit, you might catch some additional views of the side of the mountain you won't see at the summit (just turn around in the glade!). The summit has one of the best views in the state. Endless Earth. The trail down back to the spur seems easy after what you just did, and then the spur down isn't so bad, either. Again, you might have to search for views on the way up or down in the glades. The way down is really pretty around sunset.

senderismo
rocoso
3 months ago

senderismo
4 months ago

You know, I read the reviews and was excited to try it. honestly in my opinion there was absolutely nothing to see. I can get better views somewhere else with more in between. 10 miles out of 11 were nothing. The trail was ok going counterclock wise. The second half of the trail terrible. I wouldn't go back.

senderismo
4 months ago

One of my favorites for sure. Abundant wildlife and views at the top. Been meaning to overnight backpack, but day hiked it instead. Met some new lizard friends at the summit. Looking forward to camping out and hopefully seeing even more critters next time.

senderismo
4 months ago

Loved this trail! It was very well marked and easy to follow. Have plenty of water. Gets pretty steep in a few places, but otherwise a pretty steady uphill climb. Temperatures and shade cover were great. The view from the top was nice, but the sunrise the next morning was the highlight. We enjoyed a few visits from the friendly neighborhood goats. We went in the northern entrance, hiked about 7 miles to the summit, camped, and completed the loop the next morning. It wasn't crowded but we weren't alone. We want to go back and do it again in the fall.

senderismo
insectos
rocoso
4 months ago

Loved the trail and the view from the top. Hated the biting horseflies, but the butterflies made up for it. The rocks at the beginning and end were a bit slippery. I cannot wait to come back this fall.

senderismo
lleno de maleza
rocoso
5 months ago

When you enter the "Q" going to Bell Mountain, you are actually going counter-clockwise. The best thing to do is once you Summit to come back the way you came, otherwise you will be dealing with a lot of overgrown brush and many downed trees. The trail in and back is much more clean and enjoyable. Otherwise, the views from the top are spectacular and a great place to camp!

senderismo
insectos
rocoso
5 months ago

This trail was just stunning. My favorite of all the trials my friend and I hiked in five days! We actually hiked out and up to the summit then back down the way we came. The trail was clearly marked and very well maintained. I was pleasantly surprised! We enjoyed the beautiful forested areas, rock out crossings, and the vistas! We heard and saw a few wild hogs on the trail (well ahead of us). They quickly scurried off the path and into the cover of the woods. The trail offers plenty of shade. There are several water sources along the way but we had more than enough with us for a day hike. We ate lunch at the top of the summit. Some of the trail is rocky but nothing was overgrown. There were a few downed trees that were easy to climb over or even around. Enjoyed all of the sights and sounds: mushrooms, wildflowers, mosses, birds. Just a friendly reminder: leave no trace. We carried out lots of trash found along the trail and found glass twice along the trail.

paseos a caballo
5 months ago

Nice trails. Not super rocky. One way in. One way out. Some trees were down when we went, but not difficult to get around! The view was amazing at the top!

senderismo
6 months ago

Quite difficult for first time backpackers. The trail was pretty steep and rocky. However, it was visible and easy to follow for the parts that we saw. I was taking my brother for his first hiking/camping trip and we ended up only making it to Joe's Creek for the night before turning around the head back to the trailhead. It took us about 4 hours each way. I don't think I'll ever convince him of the pleasures of the great outdoor haha. I would not recommend this for a first-timer.

senderismo
rocoso
6 months ago

This was a nice trail. Not beginner but not insanely hard. First hike in MO and it wasn’t as buggy as expected but treated clothes with permethrin anyway. No ticks or mosquito bites, just lots of Carpenter and red ants around. It’s decently steep, but the hardest part is the rocks. The loop itself is around 12 miles but in order to get to it you hike the “tail” of the Q as well and all total it was just around 16 miles. Nice overnight trip. Goats greeted me in the morning and tried to steal my food. Please do not feed the wildlife and encourage such behavior, and guard your food. Make a proper bear hang or bring a canister. First hike of the season, not in great shape but I managed 8 miles one day and 8 the next with 50 lb pack, my advice is pack light Bc it’s essentially like walking up a steep riverbed. Very very rocky so your ankles get a workout. If you’re hiking counter clockwise in warm months bring plenty of water. Dad and I had 8 liters between us and were incredibly thirsty by the time we hit the creek on the way out to filter water. View at the top is decent but Like I said it’s my first hike in the region so I have nothing to compare it to around here. P.s. Joseph Randal, I think I have your two bandanas. If you read this, I collected them and washed them, and am happy to return them sometime.

senderismo
6 months ago

I just moved to St. Louis and am thrilled to have so many options nearby for hiking, so I've gone all in on backpacking and camping equipment. I had this trail suggested to me by the REI associate who helped me with my backpack purchase. I am in love with this trail, for many reasons. This was my first proper backpacking hike, my first time camping since a kid, my longest hike, and I did it all solo! I arrived at the Ottery Creek trailhead around 5pm Sunday and made the 4.5 mile counter clockwise hike up to the summit to camp. I did this to make my hike up as cool as possible while giving myself time to set up camp before it got dark. It was a brutal hike up, but beautiful. The 4.5 miles took me 3 hours, the amount of time I thought I was being generous giving myself. It was about 90° with 90% humidity, combined with a 1000 foot ascent and ~20lbs or so on my back, I definitely learned something obvious: I am not as fast I am on my weight-less, humidity-less hikes I've done in the past! Saw deer, snakes, feral hogs, and met some feral goats (pics posted). I was a bit nervous about the pigs bugging me while I was sleeping, searching for food, but they didn't come around my camp, or if they did I slept thru it. Paranoia was unwarranted. Had amazing views of the stars and woke up at sunrise to goats right outside my tent. They kept their distance, but grazed. Eventually the baby (?) one got closer to me as I was breaking down camp. they followed me down the trail, baa-ing at me, for about a quarter mile as I set out in the morning which was kind of funny. I made the mistake of setting up my camp at the first obvious camping spot on the summit, which was also the first one I came upon. If I had walked another 50 yards I would of saw a second spot which would have had a stellar view of the sunrise. When I came across the spot, I got some good goat pics, but it was almost two hours after sunrise by then. Next time I'll definitely camp in this spot. On the way up I came across one runner (wow!) and on the way down, I just missed crossing paths with four hikers who were going up clockwise and had just passed the fork as I approached it. Besides them, saw no one. Lost two bandanas on the way down, because I didn't properly secure them... hopefully the guys behind me found them. Will definitely come back for the leaf changing this fall. Also, best of all, I basically had no tick issues! Either the bugspray worked extra well, or they just didn't really exist in this part of the forest.

mochilear
7 months ago

Took a group of about eight and stayed the night at the summit. Beautiful hike! We got rained on pretty hard but the temperatures stayed warm so it was fine. There is a lot of moss on the trees and rocks and the view at the top was awesome. You have to go off the trail to the east past some of the campsites to get to it but it's worth it. Especially early morning when the fog is rising. The trail was clearly marked though a little hard to find at first. Our map made it look like the trail head was directly across the road but it's actually a little north. You'll see a trail leading away from the parking lot on the west side going north. Follow that for a few yards and then it will cut across the street. All in all, a good trip. Out of our entire group we only had a couple ticks.

mochilear
7 months ago

(Hiked 9/15/18) For Missouri, this was a good trail. The view was not spectacular, but I had very good weather, it was fairly peaceful, and I enjoyed a nice sunset. I planned on staying one night and backpacking full the loop, but the water source on top was too muddy to filter, so I camped by the summit and returned down the way I came up. A few good camp spots to choose from. Lots of flies and horseflies around my camp, but not terrible. Trail was easy to stick to, until you get to the top and then there were some rock fields where it would be easy to lose it for a bit. Definitely worth hiking up and camping, if you are in the area or planning a trip.

mochilear
rocoso
8 months ago

Perfect trail for backpacking. Offers great views at the top, so some of the grueling uphill parts are worth every second. Trail only offers one water source before you start the actual hike up the mountain so stock up on water. Saw my first timber rattlesnake up at the top near our camping spot. Followed by more less harmless snakes. In the morning we were greeted by the infamous wild goats that live at the top. So there's no shortage of wildlife on this trail.

senderismo
fangoso
rocoso
8 months ago

My friend and I completed our first ever overnight backpacking trip on this trail. It was very difficult at times because of the mud, rain, and rocky sections. However we had a lot of fun and it was a great experience! It was easy to navigate with the help of a map. Would definitely do it again. This trail is perfect for beginner backpackers!

senderismo
fangoso
rocoso
9 months ago

Really nice hike. Rocky. Beautiful lookouts next to and around the summit. Small waterfalls. Peaceful. Not a lot of birds.

acampada
fangoso
10 months ago

Trail was completely tore up by equestrians, no blazes and lots of falling debris blocking a path. over 7 miles of hike spent in mud at least 6 inches deep. However, a perfect red sunset followed by a full moon made for a great nights camp at the peak. 3-19 thru 3-20-19

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