One of the "weaker" 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. Felt like a field. Fortunately the field is forested with many trees providing it with a saving grace. Mina Sauk Falls weren't really running either, just a trickle. Bummer!
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.
First time in the Ozarks
So not the most exciting way to grab my 40th Highpoint but the last of a 1200mile 4 state Highpoint trip. Hiked to Mina Sauk falls which was merely a trickle but enjoyed a few brews there and then hiked back, amazingly hot day.
Beautiful area in the Fall!
Had a full day planned with lots of driving, so took the easy way up. SHort paved walk from the parking lot to the wooded summit. No views of course. Wish I had time and planned on hiking to the waterfalls...
HP # 17
I had a bit of trouble getting out there and coming back, but I found my way and got to the high point. I'm thinking of going again soon to better experience the area around it.
Absolutely loved this trail. I was short on time so I had to run the trail with my dog. I would love to go back.