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Great fall hike! Well maintained and features a nice section of ridge walk along the bluffs. Very scenic and peaceful!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful and challenging. Not blazed. 2 creek crossings.

We hiked the Colosseum Trail/Natural Tunnel on our way to the Spring Trail. Be aware that the climb out of the sinkhole area does require a steep, rocky climb that I would describe as rugged. From there we got on the Spring Trail and went “down” the stairs before making our way to the Island Trail, around the other side of the Spring Trail loop and back to the parking area nearest the Colosseum. The far western part of the Spring Trail also has a steep rocky, rugged section. We hiked the Castle Trail, Quarry Trail, Lake Trail, Colosseum Trail, Spring Trail, and part of the Island Trail on Oct 24. That was around 6 miles total. Most of the hike on these trails could be described as moderate, but there are some rugged areas, so be aware of that. The fall colors were near peak and very pretty. Great hike and a good work-out!

Northern and eastern half best sections. Poor trail markers, but doable.

Have hiked this several times. Nice loop, well maintained, interesting and varied. Signage can be problematic and map is a little confusing, but worse case is you end up with an extra loop around the lake.

on West Ridge Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hiking trail with beautiful fall color views of the Missouri River.

walking
1 month ago

The Natural Bridge is a cool feature of Ha Ha Tonka State Park and something you don’t want to miss. Take some time to explore this interesting area and continue on for the rest of the trail.

walking
1 month ago

Nice easy trail that takes you by the quarries and shows you a little history and background on the construction of the castle.

Pleasantly surprised. First time at the park. There was plenty of parking at the West Ridge TH and a very clean bathroom. Make sure you have hand sanitizer with you. Went Oct 20 and the foliage was beautiful. Course had enough challenge, but not overwhelming. My only thought is it would have been perfect had trees not obscured the view of the river at the Outlook. But, hey, it’s a state park, right!?

horse traffic has done a bit of damage. trail could use some blazes. little trash.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

I have known about this Trail since I was a kid and I've hiked several portions of it for most of my life. it has always been torn up from the horse traffic. but it is a large loop and has mostly treed areas.

we have tried this trail twice with our kids and get a bit confused after we cross mail road and follow it up to park area. we have no idea where to go from there and we even asked a park ranger, who said he cuts the grass on trail, and said it's not a loop but in order to go back to parking lot, you have to walk same route back?

Great trail, good workout, and well shaded. Would like to see better markings for the trail across intersections and the such. Got off the main trail several times.

Good trail

This is a well kept secret so there are no crowds. Trails can be slippery when wet and sturdy shoes are recommended. I like doing this hike in the early spring when the snow melt fills the clear creek. Great place for a family picnic along the creek at the arch. If you have time the loop is scenic. Also a good place to bring your canine partner.

hiking
3 months ago

Great view of the lake towards the middle of the trail. It's not blazed very well at all. Almost felt lost for the majority of it. Still worth it, just make sure you take a park map with you.

Very good trail. Only a few people on it. There were lots of people in the park, but not on this trail. Very Rocky and a good amount of roots going across the trail. Not too many bugs either, just bring bug spray. Majority of the trail is shaded. There are some water crossings, but when I walked they were all dry due to the little rain we have been getting. Trekking poles or a walking stick may be a good idea. My only gripe is there is not very many trail markers on the trail and some areas have forks so bring a map.

hiking
4 months ago

returned and did the trail with the boy scouts. One of the few natural tunnels in the state.

hiking
4 months ago

Very overgrown with lots of trees across the trail. Only 1 tick despite the underbrush. Some truly beautiful areas. Came across only one other family.

on Hawk Nest Trail

4 months ago

I have done some pretty big mountain hiking being here in Colorado but I will give it to you Missouri, This hike nearly killed my daughter, my dog and I. This trail will forever be known as the “NOPE trail” BEAUTIFUL however everything is trying to kill you. Spiders all over the trail from beginning to end with their delicately placed webs just in the right spot to snare & eat you. We saw our lives flash before our eyes at LEAST 30 times trying to escape the spiders of doom, not to mention flying weirdness everywhere! This was straight up some Indiana Jones crap we got into. Do yourself a favor and do NOT do this hike unless you are outfitted with proper hazmat gear. I would definitely suggest a light & easy jaunt up one of our many 14ners here in Colorado before trying this hike that someone rated as “moderate” which is clearly NOT MODERATE & is one of the most dangerous hikes in the history of hiking & should be rated as an “eff that” in the hiking scale. We did not leave empty handed though! My beautiful pure bred Australian cattle dog pit bull mix came back to Colorado with a lovely infestation of creepy tics. Cheers to you Missouri & the lovely nature you provide ♥️

on Quarry Loop Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike after seeing the castle. Would be a cool trail for photographers looking for interesting natural formations.

hiking
4 months ago

Thinking back to June when REI had an event here to help repair the trail. There is so much damage from horses & just unkept areas. There are no blazes & in some areas it's hard to see where it connects. There are some arrows painted on the pavement to direct you in a couple of spots. There were just to many places that the entrance you had to duck down to walk through the next 2 miles or so. You had to walk out in the open, over paved areas & grassy fields all unmarked. there are a lot of hills & muddy area where you have to straddle each side of the dirt to walk through. All of these things made for not a good hike.

This is a great trail with many fun spots and lovely trees. It is not well marked. We had to use GPS with the app to find our way and that wasn't always correct. I wouldn't go if it has rained in the last three days as there are many muddy trails in shady areas. We went many days after a rain and we had to straddle some parts. There are many places along the route with water for refilling bottles.

hiking
4 months ago

Plenty of steps and rugged in places. Nice view of spring and cliffs with several side trails including one set of stairs that leads to a cave, although exploring it requires a permit.

on Devil's Kitchen Trail

hiking
4 months ago

We actually hiked portions of Devil’s Kitchen, Colosseum, Castle and Spring trails. The Ranger tied them all together in a loop (see photo) with one short distance reversal, totally around 4 mi and we did it in less than 2 hours with photos and a few breath-catching stops during/after the 300+ stairs. It was a great way to see the various features of the park, but overall, I think we liked the Devil’s Kitchen portion slightly better because it was denser and very little traffic. Very nice hiking, possibly 5 stars for our home state of MO but we reserve our 5 star ratings for awesome national parks. :)

trail running
5 months ago

Definitely run this trail in the winter up to early spring or be sure to wear pants. The majority of the trail is narrow and has foliage growing over the path. I wore my very short running shorts and a tank top and ended up with some pretty raw legs. I had 8 or more ticks from the hour and half it took to run it but that was to be expected. If give it a 5 star rating for hikers and 4 for runners.

Nice walk

Good quick trip in the woods. Gets the heart beating with elevation changes. Well marked and easy to follow

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