I'm giving this trail 5 stars because it was a well marked and maintained place. It lives up to its hard rating as it can be very physically demanding at times. Quite a few long steep elevations changes made it challenging. Gorgeous view from Bald Knob, but that is about the only scenic view point. So I wouldn't recommend this hike to someone just looking to sight see. Over all it was a fun hike and a great workout. ⛰

Great view from bald knob, perfect place for a lunch after 2/3 of the hike. a lot of steep, by Missouri standards, hills to go up and down.

My rating is for the entire 10 mile loop. I would give a 4 star for the trip up to Bald Knob. Bald Knob offers a great view, but beyond that on the back side of the trail system it is just loaded with bugs and spiders. The elevation changes and long uphill climbs made for a challenging hike especially in the sections covered in small boulders. I will revisit, but will only go as far as Bald Knob without a doubt.

very tough hike. A hike to Bald Knob and back would be a 4 star hike. We did the full trail and not much past the view. Elevation changes the entire hike. The view on top is def. worth the hike up. No one on trail which is always nice. would def. go again. Would just hike to Knob and back.

The view from Bald Knob is amazing but the back half of the mountain is fairly boring. I really enjoyed the intense elevation changes. Very lightly trafficked with tons of spiderwebs

First mile/mile and a half is rough, but not bad after that. It's a nice, long hike, that seems to be traveled pretty lightly. I was the only one on the trail to my knowledge, which is nice.

one of the toughest hikes I have done. For 3.5 hours it poured, which didn't make the climb any easier. I was grueling and challenging but totally worth it. I would definitely do it again, but not in the rain!

10 months ago

Challenging hike because of the elevation changes and inclines/declines, but rewarding. The view at Bald Knob was worth every step. I took the east loop first and it seemed longer, which made getting to Bald Knob even more rewarding.

I thought this was a pretty challenging hike.. if you take the left leg of the loop, there is a killer hill that is about 1 1/2miles long, or maybe more..kicked this old lady's rear for sure..
the trail was even more difficult because of the loose Rocky path.. causing you to choose your steps ..but, the view is pretty spectacular. and the feeling of accomplishment at the end of a hard mountain hike...
ps.. the little spring flowers are blooming..

Challenging hike. The view at Bald Knob was great! Good weather. Will return.

If looking for a physical trail this one would be a good candidate doing the 10 mile loop. Some good scenes as well.

We love this trail, a good place to train and enjoy the day. Has some good steep long hills, one lasting almost 2 miles. However the view at Bald Knob is incredible, very rewarding!

Great trail! It's a longish loop with several good sized hills, a couple of great valley vistas, and lots of rocky glades. With all the leaves down it can be a little difficult to stay on the trail in the valley, the only blazes are are the intersections and maybe one or two more signs in obvious places stating "trail." It had been dry for a while but there was one running stream along the trail, several ponds and a few dry creek beds. As previous reviewers have stated, there are no switchbacks on this trail and you will find yourself moving straight uphill for continuous stretches. You've also got to watch your step as the path is rocky. One of the camps sites surprisingly had a large metal grill. I wouldn't tackle this trail if you aren't in decent shape, though, it is one of the more challenging I've been on in the area.