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Ozark Trail: Taum Sauk Section

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

36.2 mile 58.3 kilometer point to point
90% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 5,286' 1,611 m
Descent: -5,413' -1,650 m
High: 1,786' 544 m
Low: 791' 241 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)

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A climb down Taum Sauk Mountain.

Matt Bader

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

A hand held GPS, the Trail Run 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.

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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
Beautiful trail on the Taum Sauk!
Oct 24, 2016 near Ironton, MO
Some of the rocky terrain just off the Taum Sauk portion of the Ozark Trail.
Oct 24, 2016 near Ironton, MO
The Devil's Tollgate.
Oct 17, 2016 near Ironton, MO

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