Had a busy weekend in Missouri! Cool, but drizzly short hike. Not many views but some nice foliage!
Walked over from the parking lot during a break in the rain. I didn’t expect the distance to the “highpoint” to be only 0.2 miles from the car! Hiked with Nick, our oldest, during a college visit weekend. Good times!
Easy walk to the summit
Breezy, cold day (around 24F), but not bad for a short hike. They built up the area nicely.
Took a little roadtrip for my 40th birthday to snag the 40th state highpoint. You can drive basically to the top of this one. You do get an enjoyable little walk to the actual marker, through a thicket of trees. But the hike to the falls is definitely a must. I thought that it was so fascinating that the quantity of water to make those falls, boils out of the ground, so close to the highest point in the state - year round!! Would love to get an inside few of the mountain and the water system to see where that water comes from.
Easy hike and nice weather.
One of the "weaker" US State Highpoints I have been too. I never would have thought I was on a mountain if I hadn't read on Wikipedia that Taum Sauk is a true mountain. It felt like a field. Fortunately the field is forested with many trees providing it with a saving grace. Further down the trail I found Mina Sauk Falls which weren't really running having only trickle flowing.
Beautiful views from Lookout.
OH, IN, MO
Why wouldn't I bag the state high point. Its a pretty place. 1/4 mile hike in a concrete path.
Finally successfully made the summit (last time we had to be rescued by rangers — but that's another story). Did this as a 2-day backpacking trip, so I'm putting the date that we actually reached the summit.
Once again, only 3 made it.
Second on this trip after coming down from Iowa. Cold, wet day with nobody around. The top area is nice enough, with a paved path. Have to admit that thoughts of breaking down in this area (a bit rough and scary at times) would bounce in and out of my mind. Just is what it is, I guess.
We decided to make the drive down to Taum Sauk from St. Louis. This was an easy one to get to. It's also really close to the Ozark Trail which is really cool!
Nice hiking and views with the leaves gone. Drove 9 hours from Ohio.
Made this one into a trail run... ran about a 5k roundtrip to see Mina Sauk waterfalls, and all the way back with a trip to the summit. The summit is completely forested, so you can't see much, still a HP nonetheless!
This is Missouri. I flew into Memphis. I then proceeded on a 1,955-mile road trip through the southern states to bag the highpoints in MO, AR, LA, FL, AL, and MS. Here is MO, highpoint number 18/51 for me and ranked 41/51.
The high point is actually conveniently located close to a parking lot at the start / end of a much longer hike down to Mina Sauk falls, which unfortunately is a wet weather falls on a trail that gets really goopy when it rains. Nonetheless, I saw the high point, I saw the falls, it was a good day.
More people were here than I expected. We also completed the loop[ trail to the falls. The 3 hour estimate they give is quite generous! We did it in just over an hour. The waterfalls were more falls than water on this day. Quite a bit of the trail is quite rocky due to runoff eroding the trail.
Windy drive through state park. Parking lot 200 ft from high point. Marked with stone of MO. Road over was snow covered and slippery. Arrived just before sunset and saw the moon come up. Directions on site were spot on.
Very easy accessible walk to the high-point, then nice hike out to Mina Sauk Falls and back. The falls were barely flowing this time of year, but still nice to visit.
Climbed this high point and the surrounding area the night after an incredible thunderstorm. The waterfall down the trail was amazing.