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Beautiful!! I walked this trail February 2018. Caves, waterfalls, bluffs, well marked trail. I would recommend sturdy shoes or hiking boots and there are multiple creek crossings. It's hard to miss the bluffs regardless of the direction you start the loop from.

Excellent hike - a bit muddy in spots but well worth it - the river over looks were great

3 days ago

Beautiful rushing water to see. Very peaceful to sit and enjoy the view

3 days ago

Cool place to hike. Easy trail

3 days ago

Nice cave/natural bridge just a short distance south of I-70/Columbia. State Park makes is it a nice visit.

Awesome to see and climb on. The rocks make narrow crawl spaces and is a lot of fun to explore, kids had a blast. This is a must do in Missouri.

Had a few cool little look out spots, generally easy trail, waterfalls were cool and there is a bathroom at the trail head.

Our family has done this trail several times. It is our favorite in the area. It is challenging but well worth it.

Great trail. Easy to follow. Had a nice day here with my kids.

4 days ago

I had only a short time to do this trail, so I hiked less than half of it. Hope to return and complete full trail. Pretty sunset over the small river. A little hard to spot the TH sign from the camping check-in and playground area, since I connected to it from the Indian Glade Trail.

4 days ago

First time at this park/on this trail. REALLY enjoyed the interesting features, esp the small waterfall. This is an out-and-back trail, and I connected to Loutre River Trail from the camping check-in area. That TH sign is a little hard to spot, it doesn't look like the other, larger TH signs. Spotted 3 deer.

4 days ago

First time at this park and on this trail. I was there on a mild winter day, but the trail was so muddy that it was more strenuous than marked. It felt much longer than the 3.5 miles, but I did it in less than 2 hours.
There are very few blazes on this trail, but honestly, you can't get lost b/c you are following the exact perimeter of the lake. You see the water the entire time. I hiked it counter-clockwise, and as I entered the wooded trail after crossing the grassy levee, there was a large fallen tree exactly on the start of the trail, and that tree connected to a beaver dam. With the mud, it was difficult to even see the start of the trail and to access it. I hope they can clear that obstacle soon...I think it would be difficult for very young children or less-mobile hikers to do this trail.

First time on this trail. Interesting variety with the huge vista from the bluff overlooking the river. Nice spots to sit and look down to the river and the pasture beyond. From the wooded area, you cross a park road to reach the scenic overlook. Then, you continue on a narrow trail section along the bluff--watch your footing! I was there in very muddy conditions on the wooded part of the trail--very slippery. It's also an equestrian trail, and it was fun to see two horseback riders.

This has become one of my favorite trails at one of my favorite Missouri State Parks...and I haven't even done the whole trail! I discovered the fun adventure of hiking through the creek itself, after starting out on the main trail and descending from the top of the bluff to the creek. This short section of descent is not blazed, but it's clearly a well-worn trail. After starting from the TH at the parking lot, you'll hike about a mile to mile and a qtr, then you'll see the unmarked descending trail off to your left main, blazed trail continues off to the right). In dry seasons (like fall/winter), you can follow the creek more than a mile back to the parking lot after leaving the main trail. There are a few spots where your feet will get wet...or you can climb back up to dry ground an pass by the deeper water. Looking up the bluff to see the dolomite (?) bluffs covered in green moss is spectacular.
As of my visit in Feb. 2018, there is a new blazing system for Gans Creek: blazed in orange. It used to be out on brown and back on blue blazes...not sure when it changed, but the trail was really easy to follow. I could spot the orange blazes from down in the creek, where I had not previously seen the old blazes. Very cool to look out from the top of the ridge -- 6 stories up?? more?? -- down to the creek. I highly recommend!

4 days ago

Love this place, the stairs might suck but it’s fun at the same time! Will be back again!

4 days ago

Love coming to this place! Beautiful all year round!

trail running
4 days ago

Super fun trail to run. I have two GPS watches (Garmin and Epson) going, mine and my dogs, and didn't go "off trail" but for 0.2 tenths of a mile and both watches showed 10.55 miles, so it is longer than advertised here, but the trail head shows 10 miles. I followed the recommendations from below and ran counter clockwise and feel it was a good choice as you have more "fire roads" on the west side and lest boulder fields. The hogs have done a number on the trail though on the west side, but still runable. Took a little over 3 hours at an easy pace. Trail is CLEARLY blazed and not an issue to follow as you can almost always see the next blaze once you are at the current one. Only place that was a small issue is the creek bed area at the start as the normal spring floodings over the years can make it not quite obvious where the path is, but it's not hard to find it again. Nice views on the east side but more rock fields. Good, good trail to experience, did it with my pup and had a great time.

A little something for everyone; Nature walk/ run/ hike/explore..

Great winter hike.

Beautiful, well-marked trail and the canyon is terrific. We didn't have enough time to go down into the canyon and walk along the creek and will definitely return for that.

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