Sandstone Trail

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Sandstone Trail is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mindenmines, Missouri that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 209 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

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Sandstone trail leads to East Drywood Creek, which encompasses about a mile of a prairie headwater stream The stream has rocky bottoms and deep pools lined with sandstone. Bison and white-tailed deer are often viewed along the trail. This trail is also excellent for observing prairie birds like the eastern meadowlark or the dickcissel, and possibly the bell's vireo. If a shorter loop is preferred, there is a .11-mile white connecter trail. Another white connecter can be followed for a half-mile, crossing the road to join Path of the Sky People to extend the walk. Pets are not allowed on the trails.

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muddy
6 months ago

The trailhead for this trail has moved and is about two miles to the east on 130 Lane and not at the visitor’s center. The start for my recording shows where the new trailhead is located. The trail is now 4.25 miles and, for the most part, is a mowed path through the prairie that is easy to follow, although we did wind up following a road that intersected the trail and had to cut back to the trail through the prairie. There were several small wet weather stream crossings and the trail was very muddy. There is a part of the trail that passes by a creek that has several neat looking sandstone formations and I’m guessing the reason for its name. The coolest thing we saw were over a dozen Northern Harriers that we spooked as we were finishing the trail just after dusk, including five that took flight from the same location. They were evidently bedded down for the night and took off as we got too close.

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muddy
6 months ago

Fun hike! Cold but worth it! Buffalo and deer galore!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

stay on the blazes. I tried a short cut. fail. this was a good eventful hike. ran across a dying buffalo and marked the spot on my phone to report to the rangers. the gate way between fields was a buffalo wallow and made for a difficult muddy (over the knee deep) crossing.

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