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White's Creek Trail from Camp Five Pond Trailhead

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White's Creek Trail from Camp Five Pond Trailhead is a 17.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Fremont, Missouri that features a river and is rated as difficult. 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.

17.4 miles
1,929 feet

dogs on leash




horseback riding

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Whites Creek trail loops through Ozark upland forest and passes by Fiddler and Bliss Springs, both cool and refreshing places to stop for a refreshing break. Whites Creek Cave and other caves along the trail around Whites Creek. Steep limestone bluffs overlooking the Eleven Point River. Whites Creek, the principle stream in the Irish Wilderness, flows cool and fresh in the spring, but during the long, hot summers, much of the creek dries up, with only a few scattered pools remaining. Other small streams flow along the surface in short stretches to disappear underground, and emerge again at numerous small springs throughout the area. The western boundary of the Irish Wilderness is adjacent to the Eleven Point National Scenic River. The Irish is dominated by an oak-hickory forest with scattered native shortleaf pine. A variety of ground vegetation also exists, including an abundance of smaller trees, such as flowering dogwood, persimmon, and sassafras, shrubs, grasses, and herbaceous plants. Along the Eleven Point River, occasional black walnut and associated hardwood river bottom species can be found. A few old growth stands remain, but the majority of trees are less than 60 years old. Wildlife is typical of the Missouri Ozarks. White-tailed deer, squirrel, coyote, bobcat, raccoon, rabbits, and the gray fox are common. Occasionally a black bear will use the area. There are also a variety of birds such as eastern wild turkey, hawks, owls, turkey vultures, herons, pileated woodpeckers, and many small song birds. Rattlesnakes, copperheads and the eastern cottonmouth can also be encountered within the Irish Wilderness.

6 months ago

Not sure why it says 13.7 out and back. It is a loop that is close to 20 miles. My cousin, my dog and I hiked this Nov. 3rd and 4th. The leaves were changing and we lost track of the different varieties of mushrooms we seen. There was an abundance of places to filter water so there wasn’t a need to carry more than a couple of quarts and probably could have got away with less. There are some caves and a natural spring to check out along the way but one cave is closed during the winter. I would suggest taking a map and compass as the trails are not well marked and can be easy to lose during leaf fall. We tried using gps off of a couple of different apps but found non of the recorded tracks to be completely reliable. I would definitely hike this trail again.

6 months ago

Me and a buddy did the loop starting at Camp Five Pond Trailhead heading CCW. The trail was fairly well traveled (met 2 couples doing the same trip we were doing) which made it easier to pick up but was still tough in spots. The leaf fall is late this year so we didn't have a lot of new leaf litter to deal with. That would have likely made it pretty difficult. There were still some tough spots. We had a compass, this map: and a GPS for backup/redundancy against our orienteering skills. The map from Ouachita Maps was very accurate, even more so than the trail that the GPS showed (I think that was USGS data). Even so, we lost the trail a couple of times but were able to pick it back up fairly quickly with a little scouting around. Be careful coming out of White's Creek after the float camp (heading CCW). The ascent is tough and the trail is really easy to lose there! There was a curious 'encampment' at the Fiddler Spring access, we weren't sure what to make of it but it wasn't a backpacker's set up. Didn't see any of the inhabitants, though. Beautiful wilderness area with great views/scenery as the trail goes along the river. We did it in 2 days, camping only 1 night. About 11.5 hours total hiking time. Map and compass/GPS (and the ability to use them effectively) are critical - I wouldn't do this trip without them.

7 months ago

The trail is in rough condition; very overgrown and easy to lose with no markings. It is definitely low on water right now, but plenty of spider webs! I think I took home most of them on my face.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Great for camping and trail building

Sunday, April 30, 2017

I've done the full 20 mile loop once, on my first trip, counter clock wise on the northern trail to Bliss spring day one. then along the eleven point river and to fiddler spring the next day. stayed a out five days and really enjoyed it. The trail along whites creek from fiddler spring to camp five pond was sparse in places. Wild hogs visited my camp at fiddler spring!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

DO NOT ATTEMPT WITHOUT A GPS or MAP/COMPASS. Trail is poorly marked and hard to find. We attempted to do the lollipop in 2 days. We started off west on the north loop and camped at Bliss Springs. It was a strenuous but doable stretch, and the views were nice. On the second day, we completely lost the trail past Fiddler's Spring. That region has very little water in the early fall, and the terrain becomes difficult to walk through. We were forced to make camp for a 2nd night inside the valley because it would've been too dangerous to go off trail at night in the hilly terrain. On the 3rd day, we abandoned attempts at finding the trail again, and went bush whacking, going NE out of the creek bed. We found intermittent stretches of what looked like trails, but they were unreliable to follow. We eventually cut north enough to rejoin the northern loop and found our way back to the trail head. Oh, there's a free tent along the trail if someone wants it... Good luck.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Awesome tramp thru pure wilderness! Make sure you bring a map and compass, also a GPS because the trail can be a challenge to follow. I loved it and made a two nighter out of it.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

My 12 year old son and I hiked this in two days. We found a small cave by the spring and also the big cave. Nice views not amazing. We enjoyed it. Stay on the trail, don't follow the horse trails, they can lead you way of course.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Was an okay trail, saw lots of deer. Sadly the white Creek cave was closed. Fiddle springs and bliss spring were a decent sight.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Another one we did not actually complete but did a couple miles of, not far enough up to catch any of the interesting sites. Still, nice area, lots of hickory forest and limestone. Typical features of Ozark forests. Been a few years, but I do recall almost losing the trail a couple times and agree it's not always clearly marked.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Do not plan to do this trail In two days. I normally hike an average speed of 2.5 miles with a full backpack weighing around 35 pounds. I set out to hike this trail over a weekend. I arrived at the trailhead at 10 AM in the morning at five pond . I chose to hike the trail clockwise. The first sign showed approximately seven miles to the float camp. Saturday went pretty good. The trail was not well blazed. However, I could follow the depression of the trail in the leaves. I lost the trail a couple of times and had to Bush wack. But I did see both fiddlers ring and white Creek Cave. I arrived at float camp at 4:30 in the afternoon. That's gave me plenty of time to set up camp and start a fire in the fire ring . Sunday was a different story. I started out on the trail and then quickly lost it I bushwhacked more than I hiked on the trail. It took me five hours to go for miles to Bliss Springs . That left me with 8 miles to get back to camp five pond. It was now 1:30 in the afternoon. Sunset was at 5 PM. This left me with four hours of light . If I had been on a trail, and averaging 2 mph I could have made it back to camp Sunday night . At 4 PM it became clear that I was not going to make it back to camp before dark going cross country. Without a trail it would be very difficult to navigate with a headlamp going cross-country. So I took an alternate course and followed an old logging road that led me up to the town of wilderness. I then hiked on the forest Service Rd. to get back to camp five pond. So basically after you hike from camp five pond to the float camp, you are pretty much on your own going cross-country. Be sure and have a good map and GPS unit. There is no phone connection for most of the trail. The topo map that I had from all trails did not accurately reflect the actual trail . I I attempted to follow the trail shown on the topo map and in most instances you will see where my track across the trail there was no trail . The highlights of the trip would be bliss spring. Other than that there were not any scenic overlooks to speak of. Just another typical hike in the Missouri hardwood forest. Except there was no trail to follow. If you follow my track you will get back to camp but it is approximately 22 miles and it will take you around 18 hours to complete. I hiked for six hours on Saturday to get from camp five pond down to the float camp. However, I hiked 13 hours on Sunday going cross country. I averaged less than a mile per hour. It maybe easier to follow the trail when the leaves are off the trail. Did I mentioned poor blazing. If you go, good luck.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Very nice hike but definitely has some "hmmm" spots. A map and compass and/or GPS are handy here. Two springs provide plenty of water and the terrain provides lots of rest areas after any climbs.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Great backpacking and hiking, very little traffic. The TH and the TRAIL itself was very VERY hard to locate and stay on.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Monday, January 19, 2015

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