DISTANCE
33.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5,370 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

backpacking
29 days ago

I just finished a 24 mile hike from Goggins Mountain in Johnson Shut In’s to Tom Sauk Mountain State Park. We went from the Goggins TH to the Johnson Shut In’s Loop which intersects the Ozark Trail. We ended up crossing the river barefoot to avoid having to backpack all the way back to the highway. It was cold but manageable.
This trail was seriously the most demanding trail I’ve ever hiked. It definitely took all I had and then some. I wouldn’t recommend this for beginners. The views and experiences were well worth the work though! We experienced multiple types of terrains and forests. Every half mile or so was something different and on our toes. The trail was mostly clear with a few downed trees easy to navigate around. Once you start coming down off Ketcherside Mountain, pay attention to trail markers. More so when you get into Johnson Shut In’s State Park. We went down some false trail that ended up crossing back with the OT, luckily.
All in all a great time!