High Ridge Trail

MODERATE 17 reviews

High Ridge Trail is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Columbia, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.9 miles
229 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking



wild flowers

High Ridge Trail climbs to a hilltop and follows a ridge before descending to follow Clear Creek. The ridge top follows scenic views of the surrounding park and of native grasslands. White connector 6 reduces the distance to one-half mile. The trail is suitable for mountain biking, which is only permitted when the trail is dry. There is a spur to an access point for the trail off of Rock Quarry Road.

3 months ago

Nice loop, take it clockwise.

5 months ago

This trail is beautiful. I am visiting from Utah where I am used to all trails going up big mountains. It was nice to have a trail that got my heart rate up but wasn’t a major workout at the same time. The trail is so well-marked it would be hard to get lost. I hope I can come back to this one next time I visit the area.

8 months ago

I loved this hike encountering different areas and terrain. Even made the little climb after the creek crossing with two dogs on leash. Very peaceful.

10 months ago

Peaceful trail. Loved the long yellow grass flowing in the wind. Would love to come back in the spring.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

We went in December and it was beautiful! The trail on the west had some rough patches but nothing terribly difficult. No ticks! The trail was easy to follow and follows Gans Creek on the west side. Since the leaves were down there were some great views.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Nice walk through the woods. Did after Gans Creek trail so was anti-climatic.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Beautiful views. Starts out in mountain top grassland the through the woods and along a creek. If you hike around sunset there are tons of lightening bugs as well.

Trail is marked a little oddly, bit choose your own adventure style - but all the paths eventually lead back and you can take a different way each time you go on the trail.

We've hiked near the end of winter it was pretty muddy since the trail dips down and follows a creek bed - much nicer hike in early spring. I would make sure to wear pants, some areas of the trail were more overgrown.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The eastern half works its way up and around the high ridge that gives it's name and the scenic views. The western half is on a more difficult path, with rocks and roots and slopes giving it some difficulty as you work your way through a more wooded area and parallel a creek for a short period of time. I went in April and came across several ticks along the way so be wary of the taller grasses.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

This is a nice looping trail for a mix of woods and open grassland. As the name implies, one long length of this trail runs along the top of a ridge with long views to the surrounding countryside. Some of the terrain along this trail is steeper and slightly more challenging than many of the other trails in the Rock Bridge system.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014