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Shores Lake to White Rock Mountain Loop

 5 votes

11.4 Miles 18.4 Kilometers



2,170' 661 m


-2,178' -664 m


2,278' 694 m


643' 196 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (18°)

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A forested loop that follows a creek leading to some of the best views in the Ozarks.

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This loop trail connects two of the more popular Forest Service recreation areas: Shores Lake and White Rock Mountain through a few different trails, including some time on the famed Ozark Highlands Trail. It offers an excellent weekend hike up a beautiful creek drainage to the top of spectacular White Rock Mountain, and returns via another creek drainage. Camping is open along the trail, as well as semi-primitive camping and cabins for rent at the top of White Rock Mountain. While it can be hiked both ways, most agree that clockwise is the best.
Features: Lake — River/Creek — Swimming — Views — Waterfall — Wildlife
Dogs: Off-leash

Need to Know

A use fee is requested at the Shores Lake parking lot.

On the west side of the loop, these is a crossing around 2 miles in, crossing to the left side of the creek. Don't dry you feet off yet...a few hundred yards down the trail, you cross again.

Bring money for the campsites at WRM, as well as firewood, snacks, showers sometimes, and drinks. There is an attendant who lives in a house there and manages everything. You can also rent a cabin, but they usually are booked far in advance. Visit for more info.


From the Shores Lake Camping area, park at the high lot and take the first left after the trailhead. Cross a forest road and continue the trail until you follow a creek. Several small waterfalls can be seen from the trail, until a crossing around 2 miles. Another crossing follows shortly afterward.

Flora & Fauna

Deer, birds, armadillos and snakes! Typical Ozark critters.


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Jan 19, 2017
Jacob Meyer
Aug 16, 2016
Mathias Callison
Trail very overgrown, little better than bushwhacking in places, prime area to get yourself covered in ticks. Lots of poison ivy and down trees. 14.5mi

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All Clear 77 days ago
Dry, Mostly Dry, Some Mud, Fallen Trees - Great hike/run! We ran most of it in sneakers and just slowed down in the really Ricky areas!
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Trail looks unmaintained. Very overgrown, so collecting ticks is unavoidable. Loads of poison ivy on and around the trail. Numerous down trees. The waterfall on the west fork was nice. Aug 17, 2016

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