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Great overlooks, beautiful water crossings!! Everthing a hiker wants. Some steep inclines and rocky areas as well as long flat walks though the trees. My favorite trail!!!

backpacking
12 days ago

Coming from two 23 year old, able bodied but slightly out of shape dudes, each carrying 40lb packs, this loop is definitely hard. If you do the full loop I recommend starting at the lake and going up the west side. It’s much prettier in terms of water features and is shorter in distance, still very steep. The east side (going down after camping on the mountain) is still very pretty but you barely see the river that is on that side. Lots of up and down expanses high up on the east side. It took us almost 5 hours to get up the mountain from the west side (stopping every 20-30 min with one break longer 15 min break for lunch, abt 12-15 stops). It took us only less than 4 hours the next morning to go down the longer east side (about 10 stops). If u want to just go for a day I would take two cars and park one at the lake and then start at the top of the mountain and go down the west side. 8/10 for views and overall experience, 2/10 for easiness. Wouldn’t go back unless for the day hike I mentioned.

hiking
12 days ago

A great trail! If you start on white rock mountain, the hike back to your car Is pretty tough. Overall, the views and scenery were great. We went early January and got great weather. Tons of water flowing throughout the mountain and multiple waterfalls. Highly recommend.

I had done this hike in July and it was not a good experience. Each of us got about 20 ticks, hardly any water sources, and overgrown. Wouldn’t recommend then, but highly recommend late fall and even in the winter if you don’t mind camping in the cold.

hiking
13 days ago

Today I began at Roby “Lake” and took the South loop. Beautiful bluffs and vistas about two miles in. Gentle climb. I turned around at 2.5 miles.

20 days ago

Did the short, 11.5 mile loop in one day. Rough trail with 2-4in rock under your feet, but still worth doing. Scenic overlook wasn't too much to write home about. The little pool was very relaxing with some nice eye candy of the outcrops all around.

hiking
1 month ago

Well maintained trail. Two nice campgrounds at both ends of the loop. It isn't too challenging. I went in August, and it was pretty humid out and there seemed to be a decent amount of water sources on the West side. The next day on the east side there was nothing, or close to no water sources. So if you come across any water on the east side be sure to fill up.

Awesome trail! Counter Clockwise. June 2018

We planned to sleep at Parika Lake on the first night, but ended up short at the smaller lake 0.5 mile before. After seeing both spots, not sure which one was better. We slept in the wooded area covered by trees. Parika Lake is pretty open and exposed, but the views were amazing. Fishing was a thought, but glad we chose not to.
Day two started with a couple miles of steep climbing and ridge lines. Only encountered a few patches of snow along the ridge. Parika Peak was just another quater mile, right turn upward climb and totally worth it. the views were stunning. Winds peaked to 50mph around Farview Mt. and it got pretty cold.
We planned to camp at Bowen Lake the second night, but decided to skip it. We were just too worked from the long day. the forest past the junction had a lot of down trees and thick forest. Finally found a decent flat area to camp for the night.
Last day was a easy down hill to the car. Saw a cow moose in the stream near the lot right as we were leaving.

Few things to note for this trail:
Parking lot is small
Plenty of streams to filter water
A lot of crossings, some difficult to cross
Trail starts in RMNP but a permit is NOT necessary (we wasted 20 minutes trying to get one)
Clockwise doesn't seem as enjoyable
We average 2 trips per year(experience compared)

Some spots can get overgrown, and some smaller trees may have fallen over the trail. Nothing that's hard to step over or go around. The trails are very well marked, but keep an eye out for some spots that may cross the bigger creeks. Almost all of the trails are close to the water most of the way. This can make for good fun, but also lots of bugs and gnats in the warmer months. Pack lots of water and some snacks, as there are connectors to other trails you can do in the same day. This is a great park, and has a good variety of difficulty in the trails, and length.

Some spots can get overgrown, and some smaller trees may have fallen over the trail. Nothing that's hard to step over or go around. The trails are very well marked, but keep an eye out for some spots that may cross the bigger creeks (I got turned around a couple times on one trail where the marker was on the other side and I hadn't seen it the first time.) Almost all of the trails are close to the water most of the way. This can make for good fun, but also lots of bugs and gnats in the warmer months. Pack lots of water and some snacks, as there are connectors to other trails you can do in the same day. This is a great park, and has a good variety of difficulty in the trails, and length.

Went for an overnight backpacking trip and finished the entire trail to see both waterfalls, overlook views, passed through some creeks, got lost lol..there were many ticks( did not bring deep woods spray), occasionally finding a couple ponds..markers get confusing, male sure to bring a reliable map, my print off could not save us from getting lost. overall this place was amazing, the trees and different views make u feel like uve entered dimension where no one else exists(serenity at its finest)

This is one of my favorite trails in Missouri. Beautiful views, great for an overnight backpacking trip. Great length for taking out first time backpackers.

Unfortunately, someone broke a window on our vehicle with a rock. There was nothing in the car and beer cans left in the parking lot.

Just wanted to leave a heads up here for people heading that way.

I will definitely hike this magical trail again despite this misfortune!

Great hike for December 2 weather! Beautiful scenery and camping at the Top of mountain. They have 3 cabins and a lodge. Ice cream at the Top!

Lmao what a joke. Yes a good trail for this part of the country, but THE DRAMA of inexperienced hikers/reviewers. I get it, not everyone has climbed a mountain or even done a 14er. But the clamorous reviews of some group needing to come down because of a little rain and thinking they were about to die...really ridiculous.

Fairly easy hike, can be done in 1 day, more fun in 2.

4 stars because it’s the best you’ll get down there. -1 for the drama, but if this was in any other part of the country...it would be 1 Star. Btw there is some wildlife, no bears but “little bears” that may get into your pack. So pack smart!

backpacking
1 month ago

Great 12 miles, can be completed in one day or two.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great trail. I liked clockwise the best.

Great hike. Definitely a good work out. Due to the time of year though, the trail is very easy to lose because it’s completely covered by fallen leaves. Definitely be aware of where you are and periodically check the app if possible. Topographic map was very helpful. The view was great and very pleasant.

1 month ago

Did this 6/18 . Some spots overgrown, was well worth the effort.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail is OK at the best. We got there on Nov 7 and it was 2-3 weeks too late. Leaves are mostly down and it made very rocky trail even less pleasant. But if leaves would be still there - the view has nothing unique or breathtaking about it. If you are going to walk it make sure to give yourself plenty of time especially now, when at 5 pm it is already very dusky and at 6 pm is very dark! If you'll walk it clockwise, decent is very rough and rocky. Makes very unhappy ankles. Very short distance after beginning of decent trail crosses a road. Walk it down till you get to a point of re-entry to the trail. Your ankles and your back will thank you.
Keep in mind that there is no phone/internet service at the trailhead and on most of the trail. LTE was at the top and in a few places on the east side of the trail.

backpacking
2 months ago

Beautiful area with plenty of fall colors in early november. Bring accurate navigational aids, some of the way points we had were incorrect and caused some backtracking and head scratching. Lack of blazes are the biggest bummer of this trail, otherwise it was well maintained. Plenty of horse poop. Watch out for the ankle-roller gravel/rocks on the trail. Not much elevation change, could be done in one day if you pushed. We hiked 2.5mi in first night and camped, did 14.5 the next day in around 8 hours. Very enjoyable. Not the easiest trail navigationally, but if you're aware and prepared, you'll have a great time.

Very well marked. Hope to do an overnight soon and visit the entire trail.

backpacking
2 months ago

Great hike! Not much to say. Make sure you bring water treatment and that’s about it. Don’t step in horse poop is all I can say.

We loved this hike, it was challenging!

One of my favorite trails in the area!

backpacking
2 months ago

Wonder site. The white connector has two well done campsites that make it easy to set up camp and hike the other trails while still providing quick access, less than 30 minutes, to real bathrooms and your car if needed.

very fun hike. started at white rock abbs went down to shores lake. lots of steep narrow ridges. it's a tough hike but my 6 year old boy made it.

backpacking
2 months ago

A good trail with rewarding views at the top. You must put forth an effort to see the views, but that’s why we hike, right? Once you’re at the top make sure to check out the rim trail with great views all around. Rocks here are covered with beautiful, vibrant moss a lichen. There is also a water spigot at the top with clean water if you want to fill up. Do not camp at the top if you are backpacking.

backpacking
2 months ago

Pretty vanilla trail. Not a lot of elevation change and not very challenging. Just a walk in the woods which is ok sometimes. Trail can be a little unclear so make sure you’re paying attention. I went in October and did not need to change shoes for any creek crossings. Saw a lot of mushrooms due to an abundance of rain leading up to my trip.

hiking
3 months ago

one of the best places to hike in the state. the pines are incredible

backpacking
3 months ago

great trail for a day hike or short backpack. gorgeous views

backpacking
3 months ago

it is definite go back to spot did a lot of ramming around i spent about 5 hours hiking to my camping spot for the night and after camp was up did lats of looking around was a excellent trail

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