Devil's Honeycomb Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Irondale, Missouri that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Devil's Honeycomb trail is a hiking trail that is half forest with glades, savanna, and old fields. A unique geologic formation known as Devil's honeycomb is comprised of polygonal columns of rhyolite and can be found at the area's highest point. The rocks were once liquefied by ancient volcanoes associated with the St. Francois Mountains. Some of the molten rock contracted and cracked as it cooled to create multi-sided columns. A rhyolite formation, known locally as the Devils Honeycomb, is one of Missouri's geologic wonders, and is the highest point on Hughes Mountain. The areas glades are natural openings on western or southern slopes and are dominated by native grasses and a variety of wildflowers. Glades occur where the soils are extremely thin and usually include areas of exposed bedrock. The thin soils, combined with the south and west exposure create a uniquely harsh habitat. 2/3 of the area is wooded. The forest is dominated by post and white oaks with areas of stunted specimens of blackjack oak and black hickory. Glade plants include little bluestem, broomsedge, poverty grass, the small but colorful flame flower, prickly pear cactus, yellow star grass, spiderwort, and wild hyacinth. Animals often found on these glades include fence lizards, collared lizards, lichen grasshoppers, and prairie warblers. Exposed rocks within glades are often covered with a variety of lichens.
Great little trail. Easy elevation changes, simple trails and spectacular 360 views for those adventurous enough to do a bit of freestyling.
Nice hike good views.
Interlocking basalt columns are the main highlight of HUGHES MTN. Hexigon shaped rocks fitted together similar to giants causeway or devils tower (ireland and Wyoming)
Not to mention the near 360 degree view of the surrounding area, make this an all time favorite; most views like this come with a 2 plus mile hike.
Visable trail is half mile and then freestyle your way to the top, another half mile. That half point has a pole of some sort; im assuming there was a flag at one point.
You will want to mark this spot on a gps or mapping program cause you will be circling for a while on return if you dont... Which is why this gets a 4 instead of the 5 i would love to give.
Cool trail. No one else was there the day I was there.
Nice trail. Easy hike with nice view. A little bit hard to find trail in few spots
It was incredible. Very sacred space
I really enjoy going out there!
If you like good views and looking at rocks formed 1.5 billion years ago with relatively little effort this trail is for you. Short uphill hike up a couple spots that could be better marked but for most part trail is visible. Worth staying up on rocks for view and maybe picnic. Just 0.8 miles each way went on 70 and sunny day and only ran across a few other people.
This trail has some of the best rhyolite outcroppings I've ever seen in Missouri (with no water running through them). It's definitely worth the 1.3 mile hike! Awesome views of the St. Francois mountain range.
i really enjoyed this trail..i hiked it by myself after a light snow. i had the entire trail to myself. i wish i had not put this one off as long as i had. my only regret is i did not l bring my dog with me, he would have loved the hike.
A friend and I decided to check out this trail on a Friday afternoon. We arrived just before 2:00 p.m. and quickly started the trail and hiked through the short field and up the moderate incline of the mountain until we reached the top where all the beautiful rock formations were found. The snow on the trail provided a great work out and made it interesting when we descending back down the mountain. We thoroughly enjoyed the view of the Taum Sauk Mountain range atop the beautiful honeycomb rocks. The trail is an up and back trail that is 1.5 miles in total length and can be completed in a little over an hour. However, it is worth spending extra time at the peak of the honeycomb rocks taking in the view! Great photo op!
Rated a four for the unique geological structures. Simple quick easy hike. Not a destination but worth it when in the area.