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Ascent of Taum Sauk Mountain on 2009-10-10

Climber: Brian Molloy

Date:Saturday, October 10, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Taum Sauk Mountain
    Location:USA-Missouri
    Elevation:1772 ft / 540 m

Ascent Trip Report

After leaving Johnson's Shut-Ins we made the trek over to Taum Sauk Mountain State Park to bag our Highpoint (really the reason for our trip). We planned on heading to the highpoint and then taking the Mina Sauk Falls trail (3 mile loop) around the park. The highpoint itself is really accessible with just a short hike of less than a mile to the "top". The summit is almost indistinguishable from the surrounding area but it has a nice granite monument to the fact that it is a state highpoint. We made our way to the top and took a few photos to document the fact that we had been there and then started
the hike around the Falls Trail. The hike was nice, and not necessarily scenic but it gave us something else to do. The one thing we were disappointed by was the fact that the Mina Sauk Falls were actually dry, as in no waterfall at all. If I were to do it again I would forego this hike and spend more time at the nearby Johnsons Shut-Ins, or at the next park that we happened upon.

This is just the segment about Taum Sauk but if you want to read about our entire trip to Johnson's Shut-ins State Park and Elephant Rocks (both highly recommended) swing by my blog here http://outdooroutlier.blogspot.com/2015/04/missouri-highpoint-taum-sauk-mountain.html
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Me on the summit of Taum Sauk Mountain with Juneau (2009-10-10). Photo by Brian Molloy.
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Maintained Trail



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