Tag Archives: Missouri Ozarks

Backpacking 101 in the Hercules Glades Wilderness

It’s been about 2.5 years since my last trip to Hercules Glades, and for this trip I was accompanied by Hannah and Matt – a couple USFS interns working out of the Ava (Missouri) Ranger station.  They will be spending … Continue reading

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Kaintuck Hollow #3

I spent another weekend in the Kaintuck Hollow area – this time with a small group from the local Sierra Club’s semi-annual “Backpacking 101” class. We hiked-in to the natural bridge Friday, set up camp, and explored the watershed feeding … Continue reading

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Hercules Glades in the Spring

I spent the weekend in the Hercules Glades Wilderness with a small group from the Sierra Club.  It was my third visit but the first in the spring.  I was hoping there would be a lot more water in Long’s … Continue reading

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Irish Wilderness

St Patrick’s weekend found me visiting the Irish Wilderness for the third time.  It was essentially a repeat of the second trip with a different group and different weather. It was the first backpacking trip for the GoLite Jam 70, … Continue reading

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Kaintuck Hollow Trail

The Kaintuck Hollow Trail is actually a system of trails in the Mill Creek Recreation area southwest of Rolla MO.  It was the site of my first backpacking trip almost two years ago, and where I spent this past weekend … Continue reading

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A Wintry Irish Wilderness

The winter storm on Christmas left a lot of snow over northern and central Arkansas and vetoed my original plan for a 5-day New Year’s weekend trip in the Ouachita Mountains.  One of several “Plan B” trips was the Irish … Continue reading

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Meramec State Park – Wilderness Loop

On the agenda for Saturday was the Wilderness Trail at Meramec State Park – a 9-mile loop.  This trail has 8 sites where backpackers can camp – rather unusual among Missouri State Parks.  The camps were a fair distance off … Continue reading

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Berryman Trail

I was able to turn Thanksgiving into a 4-day solo road trip this year so I planned to backpack a trail that’s been on my list for a while: the Berryman Trail between Steelville and Potosi.  It’s a 24-mile loop … Continue reading

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Piney Creek Wilderness

My first visit to Piney Creek Wilderness was a 2.5 hour day hike that further piqued my interest in seeing more.  I finally got back for a second visit and made it an over-nighter with 6 others  from the Adventure … Continue reading

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Hercules Glades Wilderness

It was time for the local Sierra Club’s annual trip to the Hercules Glades Wilderness to celebrate the autumnal equinox, and my second visit there.  Only 6 of us went this time. We started Friday at the Coy Bald trail … Continue reading

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