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    Michael Goff reviewed Mount Bierstadt Trail

    4 months ago

    Michael Goff completed Mount Bierstadt Trail

    4 months ago

    Michael Goff reviewed Kroenke Lake Trail

    4 months ago

    Nice a steady climb to the lake. It was little hard for me coming straight from Illinois to the mountains. But i would say this is a good one for Plenty of campsites along the lake. We camped on a Sunday night in July and there were 3 other campsites along the lake. Even with the other campers it was very quiet, and scenery was beautiful Seemed like there was good fishing too. I don't fish often, but I caught a couple. It got pretty chilly at night and in the morning, so bring some layers if staying overnight.

    Michael Goff completed Kroenke Lake Trail

    4 months ago

    Michael Goff reviewed To Taum Sauk on the Ozark Trail

    8 months ago

    For Missouri this is some great hiking/backpacking. It is rugged, and some decent hills that will get you out of breath. You have access to go to the top of Russell Mt. and Taum Suak Mt. along the way. I went in March, so the waterfalls a mile or so past Taum Sauk were flowing. Slept at a campsite about a 1/8 of a mile away from the falls. Without the leaves on the tree you get to see some pretty cool views along the way. During the summer the views would be much more limited. Devils Tollgate is about another mile down the trail past the falls. Give your self time to hike it, the hills and the rocky trail will slow you down a bit. The Taum Suak section of the Ozark Trail is the best hiking and backpacking in Missouri.

    Michael Goff followed Alan Kridelbaugh

    8 months ago

    Michael Goff added Overnight Hike

    9 months ago

    Michael Goff reviewed King Hollow Trail

    10 months ago

    King Hollow Trail is a Forest Service trail that starts off the Godwin Trail. This is close to the river to river trail system. check this website out for detailed maps and information. http://rivertorivertrailhike.com/ No great scenery, but very quiet. Trail was in pretty good shape. But keep your map and compass handy as it isn't well marked. I didn't see anyone else on this trail. no water source till the end at the creek. I started on the east Godwin trail head and hiked west to the King Hollow trail. Hiked a mile east on King Hollow and camped off the side of the trail for the night. Hiked the rest of King Hollow in the morning. The end of King Hollow ends at one of the forks of Hutchins Creek. There is supposed to be another trail on the other side of the creek. I was trying to do a loop, but I couldn't the entrance, so instead of turning around, I bushwhacked and followed the Creek back down to the Godwin trail and hiked out. There is another trail that I ran into following the creek. It went along an old homestead, and you can see old farm machinery and an old car. I think most of these trails were abandoned roads from the 30's. Anyway there was a decent trail system in the two wilderness areas. I am going to make another trip down to explore the other trails i didn't hike on.

    Michael Goff completed King Hollow Trail

    10 months ago

    Michael Goff completed Pike Run Trail

    11 months ago

    Michael Goff reviewed Godwin trail

    11 months ago

    Took the Godwin Trail in from the East Trail head. Overall the trail was in good shape, not much for views, but very secluded. There are many other trails in the area, and I wanted to make a loop hike, so I hiked the Godwin trail east to west over to the King hollow trail. Hiked about a mile of that Saturday and camped overnight. Most of the King Hollow trail was in great shape. It got a little hairy when I got to the end of the King hollow trail. I could not find the Hutchins Creek trail to take me back south the the Godwin Trail. So instead I followed the actual creek bank back down until I found a trail. It wasn't the most fun experience... I did get to see the remiinatnts of a old homestead, while walking along Hutchins Creek, which is also where I found the trail to get me back down to the Godwin trail. However if you stay on the Godwin Trail it is in good shape. The only tough navigating part is when the Godwin trial crosses Hutchins Creek. Pay attention and look for blazes there.

    Michael Goff updated Godwin trail

    11 months ago

    Michael Goff updated Godwin trail

    11 months ago

    Michael Goff updated King Hollow Trail

    11 months ago

    Michael Goff reviewed Bell Mountain Loop Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Hiked in with the girlfriend and dog. Was pretty warm that day, so we stayed on the south path and hiked straight to the summit. That was just under 5 miles. Hiked out the same way the next morning. It did seem like it was a slow and steady climb up, not too hard (the out of shape dog hated us). Like others have mentioned, if you want the best camping spot, get there early. There were 2 other groups of 4 when we got up there. There are quite a few fire rings up at the top for your camp. Views are awesome up top, and campsites are spread out enough you won't hear the other campers. Also, as others have said, fill up your water at Joe's Creek, not great water sources on the path we took. The other watering holes had lots of signs of pigs. I don't care how good my water filter is, water from a hog wallow is not for me. So we had to conserve our water. Other than that awesome hike. Will come back and do the whole trail when it cools off.

    Michael Goff completed Bell Mountain Loop Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Michael Goff saved Bell Mountain Loop Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Michael Goff saved Whispering Pines Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Michael Goff reviewed Whispering Pines Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Did a quick overnight trip after work on a Friday. Hiked in Friday afternoon/evening, stayed at backpack site 2, and hiked rest of trail Saturday morning. Stream is about 100ft from the camping site 2. South trail was a little overgrown. make sure to wear bug spray, got bitten up walking through the tall grasses. There are some hills that will get you out of breath. However, they don't last long and there is plenty of flat ground to catch your breath.

    Michael Goff completed Johnson Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Michael Goff reviewed Salt Lick Point Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Love this trail. Not too long, a little difficult at the first part, but not crazy. great views. It's perfect for a couple hour hike.

    Michael Goff reviewed Stemler Cave Woods Nature Preserve

    over 1 year ago

    Easy hike. It was 95° out when I went, so I didn't venture on all the trails. Trails were well kept, and flat. Not tons to look at, but in the woods. Would be great for children. Going to go back with my 5 year old.

    Michael Goff reviewed Wilderness Trail Long Loop

    over 1 year ago

    Not a highly trafficked trail. I did the full trail. First part of the trail which is also the short loop, is a little more traversed and not as overgrown. However the back part of the trail is overgrown and had a lot of fallen trees. I wore pants due to the other reviews mentioning ticks.I found two on me after the trail. Quite a bit of the trail follows a stream, so I would think in the spring after heavy rains some of the trail would be hard to pass as there would be a strong possibility of flash flooding in the area. So if hiking in the spring keep your eye on the weather. Saw quite a few hikers on the front half of the trail. I didn't run into anyone on the back half. It is only difficult because it is a wilderness trail. If you went off the trial it could be easy to get lost due to the overgrowth. I will say the over growth does actually make the trail a little more challenging and fun. However, it is still not overly challenging. Not many scenic views. There was a cave that is blocked off due to the endangered bats. Overall it was a good trail due to the seclusion and the forest being in its natural state.