Trail of the Four Winds - North Loop

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Lake of the Ozarks State Park

Trail of the Four Winds - North Loop is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Brumley, Missouri that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length4.0 miElevation gain291 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingHorseback ridingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningDog friendlyLakeViewsWildlifeBugsMuddy
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Lake of the Ozarks at its best. Nice trail for the area. You will see a lot of nice terrain. You will start from the parking lot and go across the street to the east trail. You will cross a gravel road twice, once headed east and the other time coming back across it headed west. Be prepared to climb. Not much of a payoff on the downhill. Also, the travel is very loose. Great scenery.

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Bobby & Melinda Glover
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Bill Sherwood
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Garrett Zumwalt
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Light traffic. Not difficult. Warm fall day. Beautiful trail. Speed walked it will be a regular for a quick 4 mile.

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Emily Powell
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Larry Bertel
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Jonny Finn
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Perfect cool autumn afternoon for a short walk through the woods. It was a quiet afternoon. Very peaceful.

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Crystal Viglietta
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Taylor Ferguson
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Group of 4 of us hiked this trail and our dog. We came out with THOUSANDS of seed ticks (baby ticks) on all 5 of us. No exaggeration, we had to use tweezers to remove them after we showered.

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Mandy Raaf
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Lots of ticks. No views of the lake but an easy trail.

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Indre Valinskaite
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HikingBugsOver grown

Lots of ticks, high grass

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Tara Sowels
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Terri Erwin
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I like this trail, but I’d say it was easy and not moderate. No Lake views; however, there are a few stream crossings that are nice. It’s definitely a multipurpose trails (read: there were a lot of ruts from horse hooves and a large amount of horse manure on the day we went), but a nice 4 miles through the woods.

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Jami Lane
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Austin Becker
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The trail is a little confusing but just have a map handy. Beautiful trail with lots of streams and good views. Did anyone see the tombstone all out by itself?

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Stephanie Haley
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HikingMuddyRocky

We really enjoyed the variety of scenery: hillside, riverside, open meadow, heavily wooded, and unexpected features... The water crossings were fun, but prepare to go ankle-deep or more. Our dog came out tick-free, but it's early spring. It's extremely muddy right now, so closed to horse activity at this time. There were a few spots where the mud almost got my high-top boot off. Cinch 'em down, if you head out anytime soon!

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Brittani Schultz
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Overall a pretty nice trail, moderate is a good rating. I didn’t come out with any bugs on me but it is only spring. They redid the loop so the all trails map is not accurate. The trails is actually a little below 4 miles now but it is clearly laid out. As long as you follow the green flags you will be just fine.

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Kendall Kurtz
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Great hike!

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Andrea Cote
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Great trail, moderate difficulty, amazing views. If you don’t mind your feet getting a little wet, you’re gonna have fun.

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DEREK SMITH
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Tim Arendell
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Went to the trailhead for the North loop and ended up taking the fork to the right and on the entire loop of the Four Winds trail. The trail is marked well but pay attention once you pass the quarry and go the left for the north loop. If you go to the right you end up on the full 9.1 mile loop of the Four Winds. It’s pretty overgrown in parts but not very difficult or technical. Still, it’s easy to go on the longer loop.

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Mark Corwin
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I only hiked the portion shared by the South loop as I hiked the entire south loop on 10/15/2018. It took me 7 hours with two short stops for about 15 minutes each and one about half way for about 30 minutes for lunch. Not many scenic views but there was such a nice diversity in the terrain. There was nice woodlands to some swampy area to open meadow. Part of the trail was closed and had to detour around.. It had rained the day before and several parts of the trail were muddy.So I am not sure if that was the cause of the detour. The trail was marked pretty good with the red and red/ green blazes. The most enjoyable part and most beautiful portion was that portion where the south and north loops share the trail. I would like to have been able to do the north loop as well to compare both loops.

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Robert Steele
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Jeanette Ford
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Easy trail with pretty sights. Only warning is WEAR BUG SPRAY. Especially around ankles and such as we were infested with tiny seed ticks after it. Had to pick off ourselves as well as spray our vehicle down. (Or “bomb” it). UPDATE We had to be put on antibiotics because of issues with tick diseases.

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Brianne Wheeler
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Went for a run.. Not able to see great views. The meadow was pretty but there was a TON of cobwebs. Overall just a windy wooded path. Good for a short trail run, you won’t get lost. Went on it in the late evening, almost at dark, kinda gave me the creeps.

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Taylor Hill
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TICKS galore!! mud, horse crap, every step attacked by spider webs, got lost, definitely not kid friendly. Probably won’t try this one again

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