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    Matt Tucker added Eureka Springs, AR

    6 months ago

    Matt Tucker followed Karen Tucker

    9 months ago

    Matt Tucker saved Cathedral Rock Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Matt Tucker completed Jackson Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Matt Tucker reviewed Jackson Falls, Illinois

    over 1 year ago

    Matt Tucker completed Jackson Falls, Illinois

    over 1 year ago

    Matt Tucker reviewed Victoria Glades Conservation Area Loop

    over 1 year ago

    Karen and I were invited on an end of year hike with some of my sister's neighbors. Its an annual event for this group of friends and we were fortunate enough to get the invite. So we headed to Victoria Glades Conservation Area just south of Hillsboro, Mo. to meet up with the group.

    After a little mishap on finding the trailhead, the group quickly assembled and 17 of us headed out for the 2.2 mile Victoria Glades Trail. The trailhead parking lot actually sits accros the road from the actual trail, and quickly climbs the hill and ridges of the property.

    The trail was not tough, but due to the high temps and ground thaw, there was plenty of mud and slick spots. We went clockwise on the trail, and there was not much scenery on the trail until about 1-1/2 miles in to the hike when we actually saw some of the glades. The last 1/2 mile of the hike was pretty cool, as this was through the predominate glade area on the property.

    All in all, it was not our fastest time hiking, but it was a great day to be out hiking with good people. Not a bad way to ring out 2016.

    Difficulty: Beginner
    Ascent: 384 ft
    Descent: 1544 ft
    Max Elevation: 1833 ft
    Tags: hiking, Victoria Glades Conservation Area, Victoria Glades Trail

    Matt Tucker completed Taconic Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Matt Tucker completed LaBarque Hills Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Matt Tucker reviewed Braille Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Matt Tucker completed Braille Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Matt Tucker reviewed Mina Saulk Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Karen and I took a chance on the weather this morning and left St. Louis in the pouring rain and headed south towards Taum Sauk Mountain and a chance to catch Mina Sauk Falls running (given the recent snow and rain), and it was much better than sitting at home on a 55 degree Decembe day.

    The weathermen were right, and by the time we hit the trailhead, the rain had stopped and the temperature begain to start warming up. We quickly detoured to get the obliglatory photo at Missouri's highest point on Taum Sauk Mountain (some 1772ft above sea level).....but don't worry, it is not much of a summit or much of a view (in fact, I am quite surpised that, that is the highest point in the state). So down the trail we went.

    The trail started out rather tame, and quickly transformed into the type of Ozark trails we have come to appreciate. Lots of geology changes, with plenty of softball sized boulders to trip over. But the views, the glades, and the falls were all worth the trip. We hopped on part of the Ozark Trail to head down to the base of Mina Sauk Falls to catch it running. What an awesome place in Missouri. I would really like to see it when it is really running, but it was still quite a site. As the trail headed up the falls, it seems the falls just kept cascading until we reached just a small trickle of a stream running along the Ozark Trail.

    All in all it was a great hike, and one that we will be doing again.

    Difficulty: Moderate
    Ascent: 594 ft
    Descent: 560 ft
    Max Elevation: 1828 ft

    Matt Tucker completed Mina Sauk Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Matt Tucker added Las Vegas Road Trip

    over 1 year ago

    Matt Tucker followed Jeff Fitter

    over 1 year ago

    Matt Tucker completed Whispering Pines Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Matt Tucker reviewed Whispering Pines Trail

    over 1 year ago

    What was supposed to be an early December backpacking trip with an easy 6 mile hike in and 3 mile hike out; morphed in to a half-day 11-1/2 mile hike along both the Orange and Blue loops of Whispering Pines trail at Hawn State Park.

    Thanks to Daniel Maners for joining in the fun and pushing me to go a further than i would have tried solo (longest day hike to date was 8 miles before this trip). In the end, this was my most rugged hike to date, with plenty of stream crossings and elevation changes.

    In total we hiked 11.68 miles and climbed 1682ft, and descended 1697ft over the course of the trail, the whole hike took just over 6 hours with stopping for photos and playing on some rocks.

    I will definitely be back to this trail and state park.

    Matt Tucker saved Sheep's Cave Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Matt Tucker reviewed Pyramid State Park, IL 10 Mile Loop Trail

    over 2 years ago

    After spending Saturday (01-23-16) hiking Ferne Clyffe State Park, Karen and I had hoped to leave our cabin rental and head to Little Grand Canyon in Shawnee National Forest, but unfortantely the IL Department of Natural Resources likes to close roads when there is snow on them. Not wanting to miss an opportunity to hike somewhere new, we pointed the truck in the direction of Pyramid State Park. What a neat area. This is Illinois' largest state park and was home to several strip mining operations in years past. The area is dotted with small lakes EVERYWHERE. It was unlike any other place we have hiked. There was not a lot of elevation change, and there certain was not alot of rock formations, but the lakes were literally everywhere and that kept us interested.

    The trail system was a bit confusing, as there really is not many trail markers with mileage or directions on them, but because this was an area of old mining operations, the trails are old mining access roads; which make for easy walking.

    It was a great way to spend some time on a winter afternoon.

    Difficulty: Beginner
    Ascent: 178 ft
    Descent: 148 ft
    Max Elevation: 541 ft

    Matt Tucker completed Pyramid State Park Loop Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Matt Tucker reviewed Ferne Clyffe Waterfall Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Karen and I rented a cabin near Carbondale this weekend (Cabin on the Hill), and were looking forward to a weekend of hiking and relaxing. Depending upon how you look at things, southern Illinois got its first dose of winter weather the week leading up to our trip. Unfortunately, we did not know that most state park roads are simply closed when covered in snow; so many of the trails we were looking forward to seeing at Ferne Clyffe State Park were closed.

    That being said, we did find a trailhead at a campground for the Waterfall Trail, and away we went. During this hike, we also hiked a portion of the Big Rocky Hollow Trail, the Rebmon Trail, and Hawk's Cave Trail. The hiking was pretty slow due to all the snow and ice on the big limestone shelves and rocks on the trail. We saw plenty of neat rock formations and enough stuff for me to want to head back and check out more of the trails in this southern Illinois state park.

    Difficulty: Moderate
    Ascent: 453 ft
    Descent: 303 ft
    Max Elevation: 869 ft

    Matt Tucker completed Ferne Clyffe Waterfall Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Matt Tucker added Wish List

    over 2 years ago

    Matt Tucker reviewed Chubb Trail

    over 2 years ago

    This was the second hike I completed this morning. I wanted to get in enough to break 7 miles for the day, having already completed the 3-1/4 Lime Kiln Trail at Rockwoods Reservation. I also wanted to do a little exploring, and have never been to West Tyson Park.

    What a neat little park, but I will say that the trailheads could use a little bit better signage as well as some maps in the boxes. So, with all that, I was unprepared to really know where I was headed. But, we are in the city, so what harm could be had by just stretching the legs a bit.

    I parked at the Chubb Trailheald, but was hoping to find the Flint Quarry Trailhead....but never did. In the end, I completed a nice 2 miles out on the Chubb Trail, but due to time constraints, I turned around and hiked the 2 miles back to the truck. Not a lot of heavy hill climbs, but enough scenery and rock formations and creeks to keep it interesting. I will definitely head back.

    Upon complettion, I ended up with 7-1/4 total miles for the morning. Not a bad start to Sunday.

    Difficulty: Intermediate
    Ascent: 671 ft
    Descent: 628 ft
    Max Elevation: 844 ft