Ascent of Taum Sauk Mountain on 2008-10-26

Climber: Walter Blume

Others in Party:Paul Barbercheck
Date:Sunday, October 26, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Taum Sauk Mountain
    Elevation:1772 ft / 540 m

Ascent Trip Report

We used the Ozark Trail starting at Hwy 21 to access Taum Sauk. The trail is very faint in places and we lost the trail twice on our way, once due to a larger trail that we thought was the actual trail, and the second time due to a tree that had fallen in an area where the trail was already very faint. It is worthwhile to note that the USGS topo quad does not show the Ozark trail, as the trail was cut after the quad was surveyed. A trail map is highly recommended, as well as at least a compass or a GPS. We used a map produced from a Backpacker magazine
description. Or see the Ozark Trail map page. We encountered nobody else on the trail, despite absolutely perfect conditions, with beautiful fall foliage and abundant broccoli-green moss lining the trail. There were many people at the actual high point, but that is because you can drive to it.
Mina Sauk Falls was basically only a trickle, but still worth visiting, as there are very nice views. It added some miles to the hike.

Our actual hike is mapped here.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:670 ft / 204 m
    Total Elevation Loss:670 ft / 204 m
    Round-Trip Distance:15.9 mi / 25.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:670 ft / 204 m
    Distance:6.9 mi / 11.2 km
    Route:Ozark Trail
    Start Trailhead:Hwy 21 - Claybaugh TH  1102 ft / 335 m
    Time:3 Hours 23 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:670 ft / 204 m
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route:Mina Sauk Falls/ Ozark Trail
    End Trailhead:Hwy 21 - Claybaugh TH  1102 ft / 335 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes

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