Taum Sauk, Missouri (1,772 feet)

Taum Sauk, Missouri (1,772 feet)

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

May 17th, 2002, 3:31 am #1

Post your comments from your visit to Missouri's highest point.
Read about the summit:
http://americasroof.com/mo.shtml
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Ed Perrin
Ed Perrin

August 12th, 2002, 9:43 pm #2

Due to health reasons, I am not much of a climber. I am a 55 year old male. But I wanted to go to the highest point in Missouri and check it out. Fortunately, it was accessable by SUV. There might be some problems just after a big rain or during the snowy winters.

The roads are paved almost all the way there. The little bit that is rock road is very well maintained and any car can make it to the top except perhaps in wet weather.

There is a place where you can get out of your car and walk about 1000' to the spot that is the highest in Missouri. The highest spot is well marked with a stone marker.

Very near by is the start of a hiking path going to Johnson Shut Ins, a favorite weekend place for families and the younger crowds. (JSI has limited access with only 100 cars allowed in at one time). It is about 12 miles from Taum Sauk Mountain and the trail goes through some of the most beautiful scenery in Missouri. It is very rustic and not for amateurs. No facilities along the way to JSI.

Nearby, there is a primative camping area with 12 campsites. There are no services except for a primative toilet facility, no running water, electric or sewer.
There is an area for scout camping next to the regular campsites.

The highlight of the trip is not at the top of Missouri, but a little below. There is a lookout place where you can see other surrounding mountains and points of interest in the area. It is very well marked with signs describing the indigenous animals and plants as well as the surrounding towns and mountain area, including a lake about 10 miles away that is nestled in a group of mountains. Very pretty in the fall, since it is 99% wooded area. Very nice any time. Been there in fall and summer, will be doing winter this year in the snow if it comes.

On 8/11-12/02 my daughter and I stayed at the observation area and observed the perseid meteor shower.

We saw 47 meteorites, two of which were bright enough to illuminate the ground on which we had our lounge chairs. We laid with our feet pointend due south, toward the Persiad constelation and looked straight up. About 0030, 8/12/02, we saw the first one, about 0100 we saw the first of two very bright ones, and about 0200??? (we were dozing) we saw a second, not so bright one. The other sightings were generally small and short lived, but the two bright ones made the trip and the loss of sleep worthwhile.

I have been to Pike's Peak in my youth, but this was a very impressive site and only 90 miles from our hometown of St. Louis.

The park is accessable via MO state highway 21 near Arcadia Missouri. Driving maps are available on Mapquest. And when you get there, you can get paper maps showing the various points of interest in the state park.

Enjoy!!!





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August 14th, 2002, 3:37 am #3

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March 15th, 2004, 10:14 pm #4

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May 22nd, 2004, 4:34 am #5

Post your comments from your visit to Missouri's highest point.
Read about the summit:
http://americasroof.com/mo.shtml
had a nice overnight hike on Sunday/Monday. I know y'all think i'm a weirdo for making hikes out of otherwise easy drive-up highpoints, but this was one that was worth the time and effort. The Ozarks aren't the High Sierra, but for the midwest it was about as good as it gets.

We started at about 1 p.m. on a thankfully not-too-hot day (in the 70s) from Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park. (A shut-in is apparently a pool formed by boulders in a river...not an elderly person being tended to in a state park.) The Ozark Trail was almost too well-marked for the entire 12.8 miles of the trail. It would be a physical effort for a first-timer, but no one would get lost. The trail has about 2000 ft. of total up and 1000 ft. of total down between JSI and the top of Taum Sauk. I'd say 50% of the trail is easy-footing trail, 25% is new england style pain-in-the-butt rocks and boulders, and 25% is following a wide, old jeep road. The first half of the trail is dry, but crosses several open ridges with views for miles. The second half follows up Taum Sauk Creek and a couple of its tributaries. The flora is mixed...everything from stands of pines to a few cacti, believe it or not. The fauna we saw were lots of birds i don't know, squirrels, 3 turtles, many tadpoles in the tributary pools, 1 silvery snake that wanted nothing to do with us, and many many ticks. It's a long pants and DEET hike for sure.

We camped at about 8 miles in, at about 5 p.m. There are several obviously pre-used, perfect campsites near the water between about 8 miles and 10 miles from the starting ponit. The next day we took a very lesuirely 2 1/2 hours to hike up, and the Mina Sauk Falls were legit. I had seen these falls in December of a couple years ago, and then they were a frozen trickle...but after last week's rain this time they were really FALLS. The summit was pleasant, quiet, and forgettable as ever. I was glad to have gone with a friend and 2 cars, so we could do the hike one-way. There is a hiker shuttle (573-546-2432, and one other the state park will tell you about), but it costs $30 per car-load. JSI State Park is a popular swimming place...it was tempting to just jump in when we were done.

Don't try this hike between late May and late September. It will be suffocatingly hot. To see the water at it's best, April or early May is the time. To see the leaves, go in October. Winter might be very nice too.

The rangers weren't very knowledgeable regarding this trail, but the map they sent was good. My old topo program shows the old, defunct Taum Sauk Trail instead, which at a few points is the same as the current Ozark Trail, but mostly is different. There are a few places out there where we could see the two trails converge, and it's apparent that the old trail has been out of use for years...it would be a bushwhack to try to follow it. We passed temptingly close to the summit of Profitt Mountain, the county HP of whatever county. I thought about trying to find it, but that bug hasn't bit me yet...

All you probably need to know ahead of time is how the weather has been in the week prior to the trip, so you know what the water situation will be like. Autumn and winter in a dry year can mean you have to carry all your water...but most of the time at least Taum Sauk Creek is running.

I've done most of the hike on the Ozark Trail up to Taum Sauk from the east, and it's not nearly as nice as from the west. I like this hike....somebody else do it!

HP#22, done repeated with prominence etc...goodbye to Missouri...i'm moving to Texas this summer. Any highpointers in the Ft. Worth area?
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 4:26 pm

August 24th, 2004, 4:49 am #6

Post your comments from your visit to Missouri's highest point.
Read about the summit:
http://americasroof.com/mo.shtml
8th highpoint. Check out my trip report and pictures at:
http://shelleypotts.com/AboutMe/HighPoints/MO.html

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January 10th, 2005, 3:55 pm #7

Post your comments from your visit to Missouri's highest point.
Read about the summit:
http://americasroof.com/mo.shtml
See our trip report and photos at http://www.dennypayne.com/highpoints/mo.html

Enjoy!
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Joined: February 12th, 2005, 7:59 pm

April 28th, 2005, 12:47 am #8

Post your comments from your visit to Missouri's highest point.
Read about the summit:
http://americasroof.com/mo.shtml
Yeah I know its not really worth saying solo winter summit but it was my 3rd state summit and my first solo in the winter (fallowed by AZ Humphrey's Peak a month later)
Anyway this summit was tagged on Jan. 15th 2005 at about 9:15am and it was a cool 15degrees F. I flew to ST. Luis and rented a car then got a hotel stayed the night then got up early drove to the summit and then back to St. Luis and did an ABS Bouldering Comp and took 7th place out of 30. After the comp it was back home to Phoenix.



"Reaching the summit is optional,getting back down isn't" - Ed Viesturs
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Joined: April 28th, 2005, 7:31 pm

April 28th, 2005, 7:46 pm #9

Post your comments from your visit to Missouri's highest point.
Read about the summit:
http://americasroof.com/mo.shtml
This was the easiest summit we've done, and I believe our 2nd highpoint. Drove up to the parking lot in the park and then walked down the sidewalk to the summit where there's a big plaque in the ground. I don't know why they just don't let you drive up the sidewalk, it's certainly big enough. The toughest part about this summit was getting the hell out of Hicksville, USA.
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 4:26 pm

July 23rd, 2005, 6:39 am #10

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