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6 days ago

this is a nice small trail. it's very wooded and the rock formations is very cool and easy to climb around on. be sure to WEAR PANTS, SHOES, TALL SOCKS and LOTS of BUG SPRAY with DEET. we had TON of tiny seed ticks all over our our ankles multiple times throughout the trail that we had to stop and brush off with a stick. you will also run into a bridge after you make the loop, that is not part of the trail. there were also a ton of spider webs across the trail so just be aware we kept a stick with us to sweep them out of our path.

We did part of this trail last Fall. it was beautiful. It took a couple hours to do it. I would love to hike the entire thing sometime.

Trail was in great shape and well marked. Took us about 5 hours and 45 mins to complete it.

Hiking was a challenge at times only due to poor trail markers. Good cliff views and camping spots.

1 month ago

Had a great time.

Trail is nice until you get along the river. Very overgrown. Needed a machete. The trail is not marked but wasn't too hard to follow even though it was unkept. If you are looking for Slabtown Cave, this is not the trail. The cave is on the other side of the river.

16 miles up the west trail was extremely tough and made for a long day. That being said it was beautiful and a great experience

Nice trail for solitude, but it is a trail I would not recommend for the casual hiker. Go prepared. The trail is hard to follow at times and very rugged at times. Lots of down trees and overgrown in several spots. You could easily get lost. If you pack, take water, there is almost no water. Hang your food to protect from pigs and bears.

NOTE: Road to trail head is heavily washed out in several spots.

Well marked. Thick swamps and had to trail blaze just to continue. Not well maintained. No clean water to filter or treat. Otherwise pretty good

A magnificent trail with vistas unimaginable. Tough, watch your step, but worth every bit of effort given. Didn't go all the way to the shut ins, but was a magical weekend. They had a hike race going on, so we got passed by several folks in a hurry, but i would never rush this trail, there's a lot of detail

peace ✌

1 month ago

2 months ago

extremely beautiful. extremely difficult. no water for the first 9 or so miles. pack smart.

horseback riding
2 months ago

I take issue with the man who stated horseriders left trash and cans ... more likely towners that deface our trails and camps...

Really weedy in several spots today and the beach very busy and noisy. I could hear the screaming from two miles away. Disappointed that it was so loud. Very pretty trail however. Bet this is awesome during the school year.

It is a more wilderness feeling trail. I like that. If you are not an avid outdoorsy type, be careful not to get lost. The trail is not always well marked and can be very weedy. Snakes don't bother me, but we did see some, including Copperheads. Enjoy.

I hiked from Johnson's Shut Ins to Taum Sauk Park and back. Ticks and chiggers were the only wildlife I encountered. Trail starts with a good 2 mile climb up the side of the scour and Proffitt Mt. when you hit the power lines you are about half way. This section near the power lines has a lot of direct sun exposure while you make your way over a long section of glades. Avoid this section in the afternoon heat. After the glades you make your way down for a while and start to follow along a dry creek bed. Water at Taum Sauk Creek at about 11 miles. I needed about 3.5 liters (85-90F) of water. This is where you start your climb up Taum Sauk. There wasn't any water at Mina Sauk Falls while I was there. I made better time and needed less water on the way back the next day. Good places to camp on the trail: top of Proffitt Mt. 2.5-3mi., bottom of Proffitt Mt 5mi, After the Glades 9mi, Taum Sauk Creek 11mi.
Water: Scour 2mi, Taum Sauk Creek 11mi, Mina Sauk Falls 12.5mi
Trail is rocky for the majority of the trail. Real Ankle twister.
Pace: slower than my typical pace. Most of the trail I maintained 2mph. A few sections I slowed down due to the rocky footing.