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This likely originated as a "social trail" and now combines views with a trip to the creek within the Main Loop.


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Map Key

1.3

Miles

2.0

KM

Point to Point

811' 247 m

High

656' 200 m

Low

178' 54 m

Up

171' 52 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

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

Description

This connector trail is rougher and less travelled than the Gans Creek Main Loop. It is likely a series of social trails that had to be added to the map to reduce confusion. It is marked with brown blazes with a "1" If going west to east, and will drop steeply down to the creek. The Main Loop continues across the creek and heads to the Wagon Wheel Trailhead, and #1 Connector Trail follows the creek along the flat before then again climbing up the ridge. The section on the ridge is very nice. At the west end, several switchbacks take you to a bluff overlook. At the overlook, #1 Connector meets #2 Connector Trail and both lead to the Gans Creek Main Loop. This section can get confusing so use the Hiking Project mobile app to help stay on route.

Flora & Fauna

Scarlet Tanager, Kentucky Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo, Great Blue Heron, White-tailed deer.

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Paul P

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View from Coyote Bluff into Gans Creek drainage in January.
Jan 21, 2023 near Columbia, MO
At this point, #1 Connector Trail goes east to the main loop, north to the lookout, and west to follow Gans Creek.
Jun 13, 2017 near Columbia, MO
#1 Connector Trail follows a mixed tread through the forest.
Jun 13, 2017 near Columbia, MO
The bluff offers a great view of the forest.
May 17, 2017 near Columbia, MO
View from Coyote Bluff into Gans Creek drainage in June.
Jun 8, 2023 near Columbia, MO
View from bluff top of Gans Creek drainage in June.
Jun 8, 2023 near Columbia, MO

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