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Repost: My first review disappeared.
If you're hiking or backpacking forget about this place. Trails are not blazed or maintained and are in terrible condition. If you're lucky enough to stumble across a blaze it's so old and faded that you can't read it.
Another major problem is that there are so many offshoot, dead end, and cut-through trails that aren't mapped or marked that you will easily get off trail and lost. There are points where the trail simply disappears and you can't see any evidence where it picks back up. Even with a trail map and compass we got off trail and lost numerous times. Thank goodness for GPS!
Finally, the trash from horseback riders is ridiculous. Beer cans and water bottles everywhere. There is a definite lack of respect for the trail. "Leave No Trace" seems to have no meaning here, even with signs at the trail head reminding you to "Pack It In - Pack It Out".
absolutely breathtaking. watch the weather forecast on this one though because some of the creek crossings and the mina sauk falls crossing were a bit of a pain after two days of rain. a good number of blazes are down so keep your map and compass handy
One of the best trails in the state, no doubt about it. Very rugged and remote. Camped at the second camp site (the furthest one upstream) and it was a perfect location. Amazing rhyolite formations! Can't wait to go back and climb up the sides of the hills to get a good look at the ravine.
Be sure to wear sturdy shoes. The trail frequently crosses boulder piles/talus slopes and you may need to cross the creek occasionally.
Really nice walk, but please take a map and make sure your comfortable reading it and not relying on trail markings/blazes. There is very minimal makings, and it can be very easy to get turned around.
Really nice stroll through the Ozarks hills. Trail isn't travelled enough to be really well defined, but I had no problems finding my water through going either direction. I parked at Crane Lake, hiked over to Marble Creek Campground and then returned back the same way to my car at Crane Lake. Was around an 18 Mile out and back.
This is such a great hike! Some of the most untouched land around! Whoever rates this less than a 5 is crazy. Maybe they're trying to keep it to their self!? Trees down and lightly trafficked trail is what makes it fun! The trail is obvious enough through the woods to the creek so don't worry about that.
You can bushwhack down stream to where it meets the river or go upstream to Cathedral Canyon (recommended).
Tips: Go here on a warm winter day to avoid snakes and wear waterproof shoes!