Ascent of Taum Sauk Mountain on 2008-10-26
|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 ReportWe 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|
| 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|
| 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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