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Tricia Moody
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HikingBugsOver grown

The “road” to the parking area has lots of big sharp rocks so I wouldn’t recommend driving it unless you are gutsy. Even in my Jeep I was wary. I also recommend downloading the map before you go Because there is absolutely no service and even with the map downloaded I had to get back on the trail several times. It was extremely overgrown and had to crouch to hike the entire way to the creek, which you finally find about halfway through. To be honest I was super let down and had the creek been spectacular I would have rated the trail higher. It’s a pass for me.

Kevin Brown
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HikingRocky

So with the info provided we took our machete and tried to clear as much trail as possible. If a few people would do the same the trail would be just fine. Wear long pants due to poison ivy as you come out of the creek bed. So best way we found with 3 kids 8, 7 and 5 was this. Once you come to the first creek take a left. Just stay in the creek bed for the next mile or so until the trail goes back up the hill. If you stay in the creek bed and just look at app for where it turns and goes back to good trail (left turn) you will have a much better time!!!!

Christopher Bass
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HikingOver grownRockyScramble
Alan Wong
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Hiking

Lovely easy trail for all ages. Just watch out for the snakes.

Jon Spray
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HikingOff trailOver grownRocky
Conway Hawn
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Hiking

Enjoyable trail running next to a spring that drains into the Big Piney River a quarter mile away and along a dirt road that runs next to the river. Nice views of the river and the spring. There is another hiking trail next to the restroom that goes up the hill through the forest that is referred to by others but it is different than the recorded trail on the app. Maybe someone will log that trail in soon.

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David Sallen
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Hiking

This hike is average to easy in difficulty. We started at Scour Trail and worked our way up. It is nearly a completely shaded hike with some areas overgrown. The trail is relatively easy to follow with a single fork or two in the first 3rd. The scenery is relatively boring throughout with 1-2 lookouts over the lake. If we have one warning it's that bring your pet at your own peril. Our dog got over 200 ticks which we spent hours and hours picking off. We barely got any ourselves. All in all would not hike again.

Bryson Hunsaker
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BackpackingGreat!Over grownRocky

We did the hike from Taum Sauk to Johnson Shut-ins, and enjoyed it a lot! We modified the very end of the hike somewhat from what is shown on here, but the rest is the same (more on that later). For four average guys in our mid-twenties, this was tougher than we expected; it took us around 11.5 hours over two days, including some long breaks. Expect some very steep sections, and many sections with loose rock underfoot that makes for pretty slow going. There were a lot of fantastic overlooks and some really pretty hiking in general. We really appreciated the variation between shady forest and rocky scrambles and grassy trails along ridgetops. Water is a major issue in the second half of this hike. The last water source we encountered before the scour was in the Ketcherside Mountain area, ~2 miles past where you first encounter Taum Sauk Creek (where the symbol for it is on the paper map), which is described in the map as the last reliable water source. This meant that we went 6 miles before encountering water, and that you could go up to 8 or so depending on how dry it is. The marked campsites are pretty nice, generally indicated by a built up fire ring and benches made of rocks or trees. There were many more of them than shown on the map on here. They were very plentiful in the first 4-5 miles, then there was a gap of 2-3 miles without a whole lot of great places to camp in general, and then a few marked campsites and more campable areas start showing up again from there to the scour. Helpful hint: the first marked site we saw after the gap was right by the "4 miles to JSI" sign on the trail. The only snag for us occurred near the end. From the map, it looks like it's possible to hike almost directly to the Shut-ins themselves, instead of going to the Hwy N Trailhead first and then having to walk along the road as shown on here, so that's what we tried to do. We didn't see where we would need to turn to make that work, however. What we ended up doing was getting down into the Scour near the trail intersection with the plaque about the trail's history and the Boy Scouts, then following the creekbed and part of one of the shorter loops until we were across the river from the JSI visitor center. We crossed the river there, then walked the rest of the way to the Shut-ins themselves, which worked out well for us.

Jonathan Coy
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BackpackingBugsOver grownRocky

Family of five did this hike June 26-June 27 with a stay at the campsite about 4.5 miles in from Taum Sauk trailhead. Very nice campsite and there was water at that site on the day we were there. Then nothing until the shut ins. The trail was overgrown in parts, particularly the first few miles. By overgrown, I mean there are parts of the trail where a tree limb or two would completely cross the trail. And the undergrowth kept the trail to a single foot path. There is a hog fence that runs next to the trail near power line alley. The hog fence looked better maintained then portions of the trail. You must bring bug/tick spray. We picked many, many ticks off, particularly at the sock line. All in all, a nice, rocky hike. If we were to go again, we would go in the spring as we had originally planned before the c-virus changed our plans.

Fukn Fausto
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HikingFloodedRockyScrambleWashed out

We went and were expecting rain. If you start at the top be very watchful of the trail markers because it’s easy to get lost even in the day. No one was OTS this time. Just killed a bottle of coralejo between me and my cuuuuzzz. But it was nun major. DECENT views at the top. If you want to get some GOOD views go a little off trail while at the top. I wish I had brought some Yerbabuena :/. The day we began to hike back to our car it rained the whole way. The rivers flooded and we had to cross rivers which were a little above knee high. a rough incline on the first hump so just be sure to bring a good amount of water. I will be back and next time with some hongos in my system. 11/10 workout. 8/10 views.

Joe Baer
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Excellent hike. Section has highest point and Missouri's tallest waterfall. Camped on a ridge overnight. No flat spots but excellent spots closer to stream.

Emma Schumacher
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Hiking

Super overgrown and nestled back on what could be a dangerous road for approaching the trail. Felt extremely unsafe. Would not recommend.

Brendan Dulaney
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HikingBugsRocky

We started from Taum Sauk and hiked towards JSI. The first 4-5 miles are beautiful and filled with awesome terrain, large creeks, and waterfalls. However be very careful. After the campsite at 4.5 miles, there is not a single water source until you reach the shut-ins. You need to be able to go 8+ miles with whatever water you have on you. This also applies to starting at JSI. There will not be any water until the first marked campsite on the map. We had a good amount of water and planned to filter some but every creek from the camp until the end of the trail was bone dry. The rest of the trail onward is rather exposed. There were great views of the surrounding valleys and mountains, but we barely made it out before sundown. None of the camps on the JSI side of the trail have water sources, and to get down to the river easily you have to hike over into the actual Shut-Ins campground. The 4-5 miles near the peak of Taum Sauk are awesome, but I think we’ll be skipping the rest of the hike next time and doubling back.

Hiking Honkey
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HikingBlowdownBugsMuddyOff trailOver grown

To be clear, there is nothing clear about this trail. We took/made a different path. Took a fork left, which featured a steep hill with 600 ft elevation gain. The view at the top wasn't terrible but expected a bit more. Looped around Joyce Mountain and Mill Hill. Was a hot one today but the hike was worth it because we didn't see anyone on what we call "Bullsh!t Mountain". Ended at 4.8 miles for the out and back, with 850 ft elevation gain. -HH

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