Pretty easy straigh forward HP good signage. We also stopped at the Jakk Longacre high pointers club founder memorial was very cool.
If you're above highpointing, then it's real simple: don't go, and your sense of superiority ought also to place you above trolling on SHP summit logs.
Hit this one up "on the way" back from a Radiohead show with my dad in St. Louis. I would've done the Mina Sauk trail, but for my 76-year-old father who doesn't get around as well as he once did and an additional 10 hours left to drive home.
Still, we both hit up the observation tower for the great views offered there.
Very nice day. I only saw one other person hiking in the area. The trail heads were easy to find and the trails were well marked.
Highpoint #6 - did this on new years day of 2011 after spending the night in Branson, MO. Accidentally went to the Resivoir...had to back track a little on the drive to get to the real high point. it was cold; barely above freezing.
My boxer fought a tree.
A dangerous night climb.
Slept the night previous at the campground at the trailhead, it was warm and muggy. The view across the nearby wooded hills was pleasant.
Pretty simple stroll. I noted that gasoline was less than a dollar per gallon on this trip.
Did this hike sometime while I was an undergraduate at the University of Missouri.
With McCannster. Quick drive down from St Louis. No view at the summit but took a nice walk down to Mina Sauk falls (dry but nice views). HP #8
HP #12. With Alika. Pretty short drive from St Louis area. Just a bit past the peak of the fall colors, but still nice surroundings. No summit views, but strolled down to Mina Sauk Falls, where there are really nice views.
Nice cool weather, did with the wife on a nice paved trail. Map and pics at http://www.willhiteweb.com/state_highpoint/missouri/taum_sauk_mountain_376.htm
super humid and hot. 1/3 the way through the states
Drive up. Got a photo of the sign. Nothing special really.
nothing especially memorable here - it took forever to get here and forever to leave as well
Nice little Highpoint in a really pretty area.
On an eastern journey, I decided to hit all the highpoints of the states I'd be in - 16 possible states, and Taum Sauk was number 2 on the trip.
Spent the pm with Guru Jakk Longacre (founder of the 50 state highpoint club who lived there in his trailer). Took him to breakfast the next morning to the "Town & Country" diner where he signed a mug for me! He died a few months later. This was my 49th HP! Did #50 (Gannenett Peak, WY in 2002). WY was also Jakk's #50 HP! He had a great autographed climbing library!
Lovely little walk with my best friend and her fiancée. Ran into another highpointer on the trail and talked for a minute...glad he proved to
my friends that I am not the only insane follower of this hobby on the planet!
I got the idea to hit a few state highpoints on my annual Xmas drive from CO to IN. Got there late in the day, near the solstice, very foggy. I wasn't able to do the 3 mile loop, but I look forward to doing it another time.