Added by Ian Riley
A hike that wont be crowded and is one of the most challenging trails in the park, the view is worth it though.
The trail is a gravel surface that makes a loop around the long narrow ridge top southwest of the lake parking lot. You will pass the trail on your way to the lake parking lot. The first section of the trail starts right past the sing for the park and boring trail it then heads in a counter clockwise direction passing through the oak woodland until a rocky area is encountered. At this point, the trail goes off to the right down a slight hill and crosses a road. After crossing the road head up an old road bed and and turn left and take the stone steps that lead to a loop section of the trail. Walk this loop in a clockwise direction, the loop will take you through a lager area of sandstone boulders along with bluffs and shelves on the trail. In the fall this area can be tricky due to leaves on the trail, with your step and follow the red markings. The final section of the trail has great views of the lake. You will then come back to the start of the loop and cross the road and head back the way you came.
- Hiking boots
- Water and snacks
- Bug spray in the summer
Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.
Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Are we missing something?Suggest an edit
ReviewsLeave a Review
Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!
More Adventures Nearby
Hike and Float on The Ozark Trail Courtois Section
Missouri / Onondaga Trailhead
Starting from the Onondaga trail head of the Ozark Trail, this 12.
Backpack the Bell Mountain Loop
Missouri / Highway A Trailhead
An offshoot from the Ozark Trail, the Bell Mountain Loop trail offers a 12 mile loop (when starting from the HWY A trail head) that works perfectly as a beginner backpacking trip.