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Ozark Trail: Taum Sauk Section

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (9)

A climb down Taum Sauk Mountain.


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Map Key

36.2

Miles

58.3

KM

Point to Point

1,786' 544 m

High

791' 241 m

Low

5,286' 1,611 m

Up

5,413' 1,650 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Geological Significance · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

A hand held GPS, the Hiking Project mobile app, or a paper map is crucial to navigate this trail due to poor trail markers, especially in the rougher areas. A set of high voltage power lines are really the only landmark along the way. They are also the only spot that you may get cell service.

The views along the way were amazing. I've lived and camped all over Missouri my whole life and this is perfect if you want to experience the Missouri wilderness in one trail. This portion of the Ozark Trail offers it all. The highest peak, the highest waterfall, and a special place called the Devil's Tollgate are all some of the highlights of this route.

Do not underestimate this trail. The path is extremely rocky, and I would never advocate going when any ice would be present. An injury at some parts of this trail could have been catastrophic. Be careful and enjoy! And leave no trace, please. Thanks!

Flora & Fauna

Beautiful fauna can be spotted from this trail. I went in October and the trees were gorgeous. I also saw deer, a fox, and a herd a wild pigs (briefly). They ran as we surprised them in the riverbed.

Shared By:

Matt Bader with improvements by Zac Nixon

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  4.3 from 9 votes

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Photos

View about 1 mile from the peak of Taum Sauk mountain. Highest point in Missouri.
Aug 18, 2016 near Ironton, MO
Mina Sauk Falls from the Ozark Trail
May 9, 2019 near Ironton, MO
The cascades of Mina Sauk Falls after spring rainfall
May 9, 2019 near Ironton, MO
1/2 mile from the peak of Taum Sauk.
Sep 16, 2016 near Ironton, MO
Accurate depiction of 80% of the terrain.
Oct 17, 2016 near Ironton, MO
Beautiful trail on the Taum Sauk!
Oct 24, 2016 near Ironton, MO

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Mar 21, 2020
Zac Nixon
Trail is in great shape, currently! Minimal water on the trail. 20.1mi — 7h 00m
Apr 18, 2019
Joe Chifos
Did it in then out 70mi
Feb 23, 2019
Josh B
really pretty along shut ins. branched off scour trail. 2mi
Feb 22, 2019
Josh B
pretty trail, just hiked a bit. mostly uphill from parking lot at county Rd. A 3mi
Aug 19, 2018
Steven Gurka
13mi
Jun 18, 2017
Scott Glastetter
Dogs loved the trail in summer just as much as fall and winter. Downside to summer is little water on trail, be prepared to carry plenty of water. 16mi — 72h 00m
Apr 15, 2017
Jeffrey Berkbigler