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Awesome trail! Great mix on clear path and then forging up and done a trickling streams rock bottom. Rock had steps carved in to it to help with footing but the hike was still challenging. It was a GREAT hike!!

The only sign was something like "trail parking." The rest was a guessing game. Somehow we ended up on the main road but if we had extra time, we would have explored more. Signs, however, definitely would have helped. Still plan to go back to try to find the rest of the trail (where the historic site and steps are).

Pretty, but poorly marked. Saw the USFS guys out there mapping the trail properly, so maybe it’ll get fixed up. Standard National Park Rec Area donation fee. Two bucks in the old stump.

Went out there today. The temperature was perfect. Really nice quiet stretch of woods with quite a few streams/river crossings. Was pretty easy too. Took me 1 hr 15mins. Trail is clearly marked.

This trail needs some help from GORC.

awesome trail, could use better markings.

Bug spray is a must! South side climb is deceptive, you think you're almost back to the trailhead but you've still half the trail to go. North side climb is much more straight forward, a single slope.

If you're coming from the north, Google will tell you to take 149 and Town Creek Rd to Hickory Ridge Rd, but it's far easier to take 127 to Etherton Rd to Poplar Ridge Rd.

Fairly easy historical walk. Great scenery. Heavy infestations of Copperheads. Really need to watch where you step.

nice trail... took 1 hour 15 min.

backpacking
18 days ago

The weather was amazing. Trail seems unkempt; we counted 20-30 downed trees across trail. Trails were narrow, in some areas less than a foot wide. Seed burrs were a real issue, our poodles, standard and toy had several hundred each. Poison ivy covers about 25% of trail contact area. Most of trail (75%) was difficult to hike, 3-4” stones, and roots presented continuous ankle challenges. With trekking polls it was safer. Maybe in late fall or winter leaf coverage might make it better? Blazings were exceptional; never had a doubt, lots of markings. And creek crossings, starts as at crossing; why not put bridge to start? There were at least 10 crossings, most slippery, and often challenging to keep boots dry.

great as always! lotta vegetation creeping up on the paths + fallen trees. also be on guard for bikers hauling butt thru some very thin trails at some points. No ticks at this time but plenty of pesky gnats + flies.

hiking
18 days ago

‘Twas a tiring but good hike.

Challenging! Little easy to get lost but just follow your white marks!

If starting at TH at bathrooms, you’ll go UP the rocky draw on the way out. Note, about 1/2 way up turn LEFT to stay on main trail. Straight is steep, not marked and way harder.

Nice trail.. NOT USER FRIENDLY... SIGN NOT VERY CLEAR... Will definitely do it again when I have more time.... I seen the Forts and Steps.. I DIDN'T do the steps this time BUT NEXT TIME THE STEPS IS A MUST !!!!! #Fun and Fitness with Miss B @stlhappyhourfitness

The end of the loop wasn't clear and it was showing that we were off the trail. Ended up going back with a quick short cut across the creek almost midway...other than that it was beautiful and scenic. Our shepherd mix enjoyed it as well and loved the creek. Good memories

The terrain type constantly varied throughout the trail, keeping us intrigued and on our toes. We enjoyed the constant change of scenery. It was a bit slippery on some of the rocks of the trail, granted it had recently rained. Overall, great trail!

One of my favorites of Shawnee. Definitely some tricky areas but not too bad if you aren't in a hurry. Beautiful landscape changes.

Loved this trail! We saw many varieties of mushrooms, frogs, insects, butterflies, etc. The only downside was the mosquitos in the lower section, looking forward to an early winter hike to avoid them. it can get slick and you should wear loose/stretchy shorts/pants to maneuver up and down. We did see a lot of people on this trail, it was a weekend day though.

Really enjoyed this trail and all the frogs, deer, mushrooms and creek area. Use a stick to for the spider webs when your walking on the upper part of the trail, it's a little webby. We didn't get cell service (tmobile) so the getting there and out was via a paper map and handwritten directions. The drawings are pretty obscured by settler graffiti and wear, but still really awesome. Will for sure go back in the fall/winter. Bonus, we heard a few other people but didn't see anyone else while there.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great rugged area overall, but the map associated with it on this page wasn't accurate as far as I could tell. We did attempt to follow the marking on the GPS, however getting across to the dam was not happening as the rocks are very slick and the water was moving pretty quickly. I had a pack on with towels and books and didn't want to risk soaking everything so we stayed on the east side of the river. With that said, this is a great place to find a smooth rock along the river and chill out, which is exactly how we spent most of our time here.

They also charge $2 for parking, which had I read here more in depth I'd have known, however I didn't and it caught us by surprise. We did have the cash, unknown what the repercussions are if you don't. But what are we paying for exactly, rocks to park on? It sure isn't trail maintenance because there was trash on it such as cans and bags. The trail is also not really marked, I saw zero blazes and only one sign at all, there are a couple of junctions where without any GPS you could certainly get off track. If it's just for some guy to mow the campground (as another commenter mentions) nearby then I can only chalk it up to greed, because I did see them patrolling to get their cash, which is a really sad practice.

Great trail, lots of shade. Good when you want to get in a quick hike.

Love this trail! Well marked, but I did get confused and ended up on the Hamburg Trail over half way through. I retraced my steps and took a right to follow the electrical lines and BAM! I was back on the trail. Over all, lots of bikers and switchbacks, but that kept me on my toes and interested. The perfect hike for my pup and I! Beautiful scenery, streams, and weather. Bring plenty of food and water for the both of you; you’ll be out there for awhile :)

one of my all time favorite places to hike.

One of our favorite trails to visit! Breath taking..

Was a beautiful trail. If your new to the area this is a great trail to get out to; cold water creek is really nice and feeds to the Missouri River from right there. Have fun!

mountain biking
1 month ago

Great trail. Where is the turn to get back to parking lot if you want to stay off hamburg trail?

amazing first experience can't wait to go back

Poorly marked trails and my dog and I were both covered in seed ticks even with bug spray on. Not a fun day.

If you go right at the start there's a nice .75 miles with a lot of elevation although not too steep - a couple gradual switcbacks. the rest is mostly flat and beautiful terrain. no bluffs, no streams, although a nice Creek at the end.

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