ElevationAscent: 104' 32 m
Descent: -67' -21 m
High: 755' 230 m
Low: 675' 206 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“Some paths on the island are narrow, steep, and potentially slippery when wet, while others are rocky and arid.”— Brian Garrison
From the bridge, the trail climbs steeply up the island, on mostly natural terrain, with timbers for erosion control. From there, the trail becomes a labyrinth of branching footpaths, exploring the limits of the island. Diligent explorers may find the "balanced rock," a limestone boulder that, when seen from the correct angle, has an eroded layer almost entirely under it.
The north side if the island descends to the remains of a dam used to form the spring pool, which then provided enough of an elevation drop to power the mill. Spring water now cascades down the boulders like a waterfall. Despite the small size of the island, it contains a cave with an entrance that is likely to go unnoticed, if not for the "do not enter" sign. Some paths on the island are narrow, steep, and potentially slippery when wet, while others are rocky and arid as they pass through glades.
After exploring the island, the only option is to return to the bridge.
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Land Manager: Missouri State Parks - Ha Ha Tonka State Park