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    Jarrod Mermis completed Tom's Thumb Trail

    8 months ago

    Jarrod Mermis completed Gateway Loop Trail

    8 months ago

    Jarrod Mermis completed Inspiration Point

    8 months ago

    Jarrod Mermis completed Big Piney Trail

    11 months ago

    Jarrod Mermis completed Indian Point Trail

    11 months ago

    Jarrod Mermis added Northern US Hikes

    over 1 year ago

    Jarrod Mermis added Northwest Hikes

    over 1 year ago

    Jarrod Mermis completed Diamond Head Crater Tour

    over 1 year ago

    Jarrod Mermis completed Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jarrod Mermis completed Bell Mountain Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jarrod Mermis completed Lost Valley Trail Loop

    almost 2 years ago

    Jarrod Mermis added Hawaii

    almost 2 years ago

    Jarrod Mermis added Giant City Nature Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Jarrod Mermis completed Giant City Nature Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Jarrod Mermis reviewed Wilderness Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Decided to hike this trail clockwise around the loop on what seemed like the hottest day in June. Overall this trail was great but did have a few downfalls. The vegetation along the trail was pretty heavy in quite a few spots and I came across a few downed trees that were laying on the trail which required me to go off trail and find an alternate way around. That being said these were not huge issues to me and really didn't impact my opinion of the trail. What did make a difference was the number of mosquitos along the back half of the trail so make sure to bring some bug spray to re-apply after you hit copper hollow spring. Now for the good. There was plenty of animal life around. I saw quite a few deer and there were a few warning signs to tie up your food in a tree because of bears and other critters so I assume they are somewhat common in the area. All the campsites seemed good and all had fire rings set up. The best ones seemed to be sites 5, 6, and 7. Those were relatively close to a stream where you could re-fill your water bottles (of course you should always treat your water before drinking it). Just past campsite 7 was a small natural spring which was a great place for my dog and me to stop and hang out for a little while. A little while after that was copper hollow spring which was really the highlight of the trail. This spring fed a small creek which flowed all the way out to the Meramec River. Once the trail navigates away from the spring fed creek the trail seemed to open up a little. I passed multiple "breaks" in the forrest into a few hillsides covered in prairie grass. There were also more oaks and bigger trees on this half of the hike (this is where the mosquitos were bad). The final campsite was also good although the nearby creek bed was completely dry so not a great place for water. All in all this was a great hike and I would like to come back in the fall as I think I would be able to give 4 stars then but for now we will stick with 3.

    Jarrod Mermis completed Wilderness Trail Long Loop

    about 2 years ago

    Jarrod Mermis added AZ/UT Hikes

    about 2 years ago

    Jarrod Mermis added Midwest Climbing

    about 2 years ago

    Jarrod Mermis reviewed Howell Island Loop

    about 2 years ago

    This is a below average trail in my opinion. There really aren't many great view or interesting geography going on with this trail. That being said the trails are very wide and would be great if you are a trail runner as they are very flat. There is a neat "beach" just off the trail on the southwest corner of the island where you can relax a little and enjoy the rivers edge. There did seem to be a high population of white tailed deer on the island so keep an eye out for them if your going to spend your day there. As a side note, there is a small airport nearby thus there are a verity of small single engine planes flying overhead on a regular basis.

    Jarrod Mermis reviewed Whispering Pines Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Awesome trail. Did both the north and the south trails as part of an overnight trip with my dog. There are three designated campsites for backpackers (labeled 1,2,&3 on maps produced by Hawn SP) all very well maintained with plenty of space for multiple groups to stay. There are many water sources throughout the park (as always you should treat the water if you plan on drinking it). Campsite 1 is located on a connector trail that cuts the north loop in half. This is the only campsite without a water source nearby. Campsites 2 & 3 both have water sources relatively close (water source for 2 runs right by the campsite ; water source for 3 within 800ft). All trails in the park are very well maintained with plenty of markers located at eye level on various trees. Didn't have to spend a lot of time checking maps which allowed me to enjoy the great views a lot more. As the trail's name suggests you will see lots of massive pine trees. These trees provide a great feeling of seclusion and allow you to feel closer to the southern Missouri wilderness as the forest sounds creep through the empty space. There are also more than a few great views from outcroppings and small cliffs located along the trails. They do seem to have pretty strict standards regarding staying on trail however there a multiple small well established foot paths to explore little unique areas of the park just off the main trails. Among the knee deep (depth at the time of my hike on Apr 16-17) creeks and streams are a few neat rock formations including a couple grottos and very small waterfalls. Additionally if you are a hiker that likes to see lots of flowers and different vegetation this is a great hike for you as dogwood trees are quite common amongst countless varieties of ground flowers and plants. Overall this trail has everything a hiker can ask for in Missouri. I will be sure to make it back out to this park for years to come.

    Jarrod Mermis completed Whispering Pines Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Jarrod Mermis completed Howell Island Loop

    over 2 years ago

    Jarrod Mermis updated Lone Spring Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Jarrod Mermis reviewed Greensfelder County Park

    over 2 years ago

    This is a great park. Lots of different trails to go out on and plenty of things to do/see. I spent 2 days in the park and found multiple caves and various kinds of wildlife. There are also a few buckeye trees in the park so make sure to pick up a lucky buckeye for future trips (I was told they're lucky)

    Jarrod Mermis reviewed Lewis and Clark Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Very nice trail with some great views. I went in November and had great views of the river throughout the hike. I'll have to go back in the spring to see the differences. Either way I liked this trail a lot and will be back many more times.

    Jarrod Mermis reviewed Lewis and Clark Trail

    over 2 years ago