Pine Ridge Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews
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Pine Ridge Trail is a 3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Salem, Missouri that features a river 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.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
541 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The trail is a point to point trail that immediately climbs the hill overlooking the river valley taking you into an old growth timber with examples of mature pine, oak, and hickory timber. Many trees are over 100-150 years old. The hike starts near the stone shelter, on the south end or starts near the park office on the north end. The trail is 1.5 miles long if you go from trail head to trail head. However, if you hike by the road to your vehicle, the full trail length becomes two miles. Starting from the south trail head at the rock pavilion, the trail immediately crosses the foot bridge and heads uphill through old growth timber, crosses hwy. 119, continues across the ridge through native shortleaf pines and then heads back down into the valley. At this point one is afforded a panoramic view of the fish hatchery before it begins a steep decline to the northern trailhead at the park office.

hiking
26 days ago

geocaching
10 months ago

Done this hike on a Geocaching event.
Cool trail, even got to see an eagles nest.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

hiking
Sunday, November 30, 2014

Simple walk. Initial climb was surprising, but the rest was very easy. For a spur of the minute hike, it was enjoyable. Pretty vistas and views of the hatchery.

hiking
Saturday, June 01, 2013

Doug is right - this is a nice little hike. Well marked and good variety. Parts were a bit overgrown so I would recommend a hat and possibly long pants.

hiking
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

This trail at Montauk state park in Missouri is the only real marked trail in the park, which is primarily a trout fishing destination. Its a good diversion after a day of fishing. The highlights of the trail are panoramci views of the hatchery and the forest itself. There are a large number of grand old oaks over 100 -150 years old. There is also a grove of short leave pine trees which are native and somewhat scarce.