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Did the section as a day hike from the south to Onandoga Cave SP. Found the north half overgrown, but nice trail, rock formations, views, and capped the trip touring the cave.

backpacking
8 days 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.

backpacking
14 days 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.

hiking
15 days ago

The trailhead on the app isn’t a trailhead per se but rather a wide spot on a dirt road. You’ll have to park on the edge of the road. The trail is lightly travelled and the distance to the Gasconade River is 2.3 miles. If the river is lower you could probably cross it but we turned around. This was a nice trail to spend time on during a beautiful fall day.

My boys (ages 20, 14, 9) and I hiked this 7/16/18. Overall great trails, wish miles were marked at beginning of each shoot off trail, so you know what you are getting into and if appropriate for all hikers. Saw 2 fawns along the way. Used the app a few times to ensure we were making correct turns at forks to get back to trailhead. Overall good time.

backpacking
20 days 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.

I just finished a 24 mile hike from Goggins Mountain in Johnson Shut In’s to Tom Sauk Mountain State Park. We went from the Goggins TH to the Johnson Shut In’s Loop which intersects the Ozark Trail. We ended up crossing the river barefoot to avoid having to backpack all the way back to the highway. It was cold but manageable.
This trail was seriously the most demanding trail I’ve ever hiked. It definitely took all I had and then some. I wouldn’t recommend this for beginners. The views and experiences were well worth the work though! We experienced multiple types of terrains and forests. Every half mile or so was something different and on our toes. The trail was mostly clear with a few downed trees easy to navigate around. Once you start coming down off Ketcherside Mountain, pay attention to trail markers. More so when you get into Johnson Shut In’s State Park. We went down some false trail that ended up crossing back with the OT, luckily.
All in all a great time!

backpacking
21 days ago

Oct. 21, 2018-Just an incredible trail at Ha Ha Tonka State Park. Load up my recording to get a blow by blow coverage of this hike with pictures. I really enjoyed this hike with the varied terrain and different features including the panoramic views of the valleys, several streams, the rock formations in the lower part of the area, and the excellent camping areas as well. I camped in the B campsite which is the primary backpacking camp site. It is a large area and will hold about 7 to 8, 2-person, tents and is situated next to a creek bed which was dry this time of the year. The trail was well-maintained, and also was well marked. Even though this was not the peak weekend for the fall colors for the different tree varieties, it was still beautiful to see some of them finally showing off their colors. It’s a scenic, easy, trail and one that I will definitely do again.

Awesome trail. I had a late start so I did the loop clockwise and hung a hammock at the backpack campground which was a good low laying spot in between hills next to a creek bed. Finished the loop the next day which had some really cool features and scenery.

backpacking
27 days ago

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

backpacking
29 days 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

Well-marked. Great views. One of the best in Missouri

This is a great trail. There were a couple of overgrown places and come trails aren't marked well. This trail had great sites to camp.

nice hike.

Beautiful trail, but due to my stupidity got lost at the river crossing. Would never had been able to find the trail again without the help of a couple of riders. That being said, plenty of water, scenic views and great camping

backpacking
1 month ago

Trail is easy to see, for the most part, people seem to have taken the time to mark questionable paths. Rough and rocky in some areas, smooth and foresty in others. Limited water supply on the North loop, other than, the waterfall. Nice campsites along the route.
Paddy Creek campground is really nice if you are camping outside the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for hiking If motivated to finish. Only got half way with the wife and the dog due to the fact of so many ticks. The dog wasn’t to fond of them and ended up having to take her in to get tick medicine. But other than that a great scenic view.

wide diversity of flora + types of terrain. wouldn’t say it was a hard or difficult hike - perhaps moderate largely due a lot of vegetation or fallen trees coupled with narrow pathways at times. fairly quiet + unpeopled.

backpacking
1 month ago

This is a well maintained trail. Lots of gravel as expected in this part of Missouri so the trail drains well after rain. Thanks to everyone that maintains the trail. It looks great and has no aggressive up or downs. There seems to be confusion about the mileage.. printed map says 24 miles, Trails indicates 25 miles, our GPS recorded 27 miles, the trail is marked with mile/half mile markers, last one we passed was 26.5. We took our backpacking gear and were using this trip to gauge our maximum mileage per day. It was a surprise when we hit mile marker 24 and still had an unknown number of miles to go. The next 3 miles were a real mental challenge. So we completed the 27 mile loop in one day with our backpacking gear and realized we are no longer 18 years old..if you try this in one day get started early and take enough gear to get through the night if you need to stop. Next time we do this trail we will split it into 2 days.

2 months ago

ran this trail. very peaceful. lots of areas to get water if you run dry.

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike! We went the counter clockwise route which is the way most hikers go if you want a nice morning hike out. First part was harder than the second half due to the humidity and heat of the day we hiked in. Was only a 5 mile hike to the campsite and the seasonal stream was running was nice. My only complaint was the chiggers or oak mites were bad!

Awesome

horseback riding
2 months ago

Trails maintained by Back Country Horsemen of MO.

We went on a Saturday and Sunday. We tried fishing in Saturday but there was way to many people, and a lot of drinking. Sunday was awesome, we'll do it again, but not on a Saturday.

backpacking
2 months ago

I loved this trail. It takes you deep in the woods, and it has many great views and sights to see. Highly recommend it. I made a video with some highlights from my trip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUQxymOH9iQ

Cool trail on the lake. Had a nice breeze, clear weather, and swimming area. Nice overlook trail with good elevation that breaks off loop.

backpacking
3 months ago

This trail is absolutely beautiful! Definitely a good beginner hike. Came here for a backpacking trip but cut the trip a day short. First day I was covered in seed ticks and went to wash off in the closest bit of water which had leaches in it. Beautiful trail just don't recommend coming here in August!

The trail was well marked with easy access to the trailhead. There are plenty of trail maps but no bathrooms. The trail is very rocky and narrow making the rating of “moderate” accurate. My two children got excited for a bench at about two miles. They sat down only to realize a minute later that they were COVERED in termites! My five year old was in pure horror! We tried to finish the loop with the shortcut but after a quarter of a mile farther, we decided it was best to turn around. After returning back to the car and fully stripping their clothes, we also found three ticks on my husband and daughter. Heads up that this is not a young kid friendly hike. I wish we would’ve have gotten a chance to see the entire trail and what it has to offer. I gave it three stars because I’m sure it’s a good trial for others, but I wish I’d known it wasn’t for my family. Oh well, you live and you learn.

camping
3 months ago

Excellent view and great hike.

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