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A connector trail marked with #2 on brown blazes with a great view and a satisfying switchback.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

1.9

KM

Point to Point

814' 248 m

High

682' 208 m

Low

170' 52 m

Up

66' 20 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Going north to south, this trail follows the valley of Gans Creek and then takes a long switchback to climb up to one of the best bluff views in the park.

Flora & Fauna

Good forest birds, tanagers, vireos, Louisiana Waterthrush. Columbine growing on the bluffs.

Contacts

Shared By:

Paul P with improvements by Zac Nixon

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Trail Rankings

#619

in Missouri

#35,538

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There are a couple of bluffs off trail that provide excellent views below.  This is one of them.
Dec 6, 2019 near Columbia, MO
The trails fork at Gans Creek. If you're doing the Shooting Star Loop, do not cross. Crossing here connects to the Wagonwheel Trailhead.
May 17, 2017 near Columbia, MO
At the second creek crossing, the rocks can be slick! - Watch for a split in the trail across the creek.
May 10, 2017 near Columbia, MO
Go straight (north) to complete the loop. Or, go right (east) to follow the #2 blazes.
May 10, 2017 near Columbia, MO
The trail crosses through the Group Camping Area.
May 17, 2017 near Columbia, MO

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