We braved 45-degree weather in a winter ascent. Because temps had been below freezing for several weeks, the trail to Mina Sauk Falls was a bit muddy as the ground thawed.
Paved path to the top. Took my 11-year old cousin and we both agreed the best was the Mina Sauk Trail accessible from this paved path--a beautiful gem of a hike for Missouri.
It was a cold and windy morning. I first visited the Lookout Tower. As I climbed the tower I noticed that the metal frame seemed to sway a little because of the wind and then I also found slush on the wet wooden steps (not a good combination, for a spiral staircase). No good views from the tower because of the dense morning fog.
I then trekked up to the State Highpoint for a photo-op. While returning to the car, I met a couple of highpointers from Rhode Island; they were shocked to see another person there so early. We exchanged information regarding our highpoint experiences. Very enjoyable.
We enjoyed the nice stroll in the woods and would have loved to spend more time exploring, but alas the rental car had to be turned in shortly.
#1 on my list. If you're traveling to check this one off of yours, add a little credibility to the trip and take the Mina Sauk Falls trail, it's well worth it!
Cold and windy with a little bit of snow on the ground. Nice granite monument @ the highpoint.
Yes, my 16 year old daughter and 9 year old son did the 'mountain top' this day. But they also did the Taum Sauk Falls, a much stiffer test. There was water running.
Why do people pronounce Missouri, Missourah? Anyway, a nice little HP.
Drove down from Chicago for a quick overnight trip. The local area is scenic with some nice hiking trails. The fall colors were just starting to turn. HP #22.
Hiking from the Shut-Ins is always a nice walk.
Beautiful glade at the summit. I love this part of Missouri. Combined this hike with a visit to Johnson Shut-ins.
Two times there...
Two times it was pitch black...
I will have to rethink the whole strategy...
Never saw it in daylight...
After an incredibly windy night of camping, the family took the short walk to the "summit." After that, we spent the rest of the day at nearby Elephant Rocks State Park which was way more fun and interesting than Taum Sauk.
Racing an oncoming storm. Pretty much jogged, touched the tops, photos, got my but out of there and back to the highways - then the snow hit and hard. Saw lots of accidents on the interstate so I got off and stayed in a no-name hotel. More stress than it was worth!
Drove to this from STL. Pretty hot day. Another car pulls in at the same time. Walk ahead of the family. Wait for them at the highpoint so they can snap a pciture of me. They come to the highpoint, and say oh this isn't the way to the falls, and walk back the other way. I'm like hey man! can you get a picture of me? They mess up the picture, so I have to set the timer and take it myself. I guess they weren't interested at all in the highpoint of MO. Makes me wonder if I should have been?! No, it was a nice little area. Just wish someone else would have been there to share a little highpoint enthusiasm
Read my trip report. It was an awesome time.
Taum Sauk succumbs to relentless pursuit & dogged determination. After a 5 hour drive the arrival at the park was a relief. The 100 or so yard walk up the asphalt side walk to the highpoint marker was pleasant. The temps. were in the low 80's in July (can you believe it). This highpoint was a little bit of a let down after Elbert and Guadalupe, nevertheless, it is another highpoint in the bag. Taum Sauk Mtn. is in a truly beautiful part of Missouri with a lot of history. A trip here should definitely include a side trip to Elephant Rocks State Park just a few miles away on Hwy 21.
Nice day for a walk. Went down to the falls area.
A wet and foggy day.
The trail from the State Park is nice, especially in fall. The colors were tremendous. The State Park has some nice swimming holes. The falls along the the way are nice too. Taum Sauk highpoint isn't very exciting. The falls and Shut-Ins are more interesting.