Ready to get on the trail

Ready to get on the trail — I’m planning on spending four days hiking the Whites Creek Trail. This time I’m starting with the South Loop (I don’t know why they call it a loop it is not. But hey!).

At the Camp Five Pond Trailhead

At the Camp Five Pond Trailhead — It’s good to be back. It might be a challenging trip, it’s very early in the season so the trail is going to be difficult to follow. I’m hiking the trail backwards — clockwise, leaving the eight-mile, possibly water-less, section for the last two days.

Roby Lake Trailhead — The Big Piney Trail, December 2023

Roby Lake Trailhead — The Big Piney Trail, December 2023. And my plans for a four-day, three-night trip. Three-minute read, +1

New Parking Lot for the Big Piney Trail at Roby Lake

New Parking Lot for the Big Piney Trail at Roby Lake. Big surprise, our car is the only one parked here. +1

Hike over, back at the new registration point

Hike over, back at the new registration point. There’s a new parking lot, and they’ve moved the trailhead so it is on the parking lot. 18 miles hiked and 1500 ft of elevation climbed.

Another evening, another trailhead

Another evening, another trailhead — I am at County Road CC Trailhead in Ozark County to be precise. I have a couple of hours before it gets dark to get to my planned campsite and set up camp for the night. That shouldn’t be a problem as I’m only going a mile or so.

End of trip selfie

End of trip selfie – and a summary of the trip. Three-minute read, +4

State Highway CC Trailhead, Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri

State Highway CC Trailhead, Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri. +2

McGarr Ridge Trailhead, Devil’s Backbone Wilderness, Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri

McGarr Ridge Trailhead, Devil’s Backbone Wilderness, Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri – Approaching the McGarr Ridge Trailhead. Almost at the end of my hike. +2

It’s always good to see the car where I left it

It’s always good to see the car where I left it.

Back at the trailhead

Back at the trailhead – Trip over, and a modest 19.15 miles hiked and 2,000 ft. of elevation climbed. Time for a shower and a beard trim! And, of course, some end of trip thoughts. Two-minute read

Day Four – End of hike selfie

Day Four – End of hike selfie – All in all, a brilliant trip, with lots of journaling, swimming and relaxing watching the lake. You can’t beat that. One-minute read

Parking lot at Camp Five Pond, Irish Wilderness

Parking lot at Camp Five Pond, Irish Wilderness, Missouri. +2

Tomfoolery at the trailhead

Tomfoolery at the trailhead. +2

Gary and the tower at the Pineview Trailhead

Gary and the tower at the Pineview Trailhead – Trip over, 14.5 miles hiked, 1,300 ft. climbed, and some downtime by the lake. Just what the Dr. ordered. Now for more of what the Dr. ordered. My COVID-19 vaccination. +1, and three maps

Hike over, back at the trailhead

Hike over, back at the trailhead – That’s my hike over, and it’s just before 4:15 p.m. Not bad, and still daylight. I should be home by 5:45 p.m. I completed today’s hike of six-plus miles in a little over three hours. I’ll take that.

Arrived

Arrived – Parked at the Berryman Campground/Trailhead, ready to start a leisurely four-day 27-mile hike of the Berryman Trail.

Bell Mountain North Trailhead Parking Lot. Bell Mountain – Day One.

Bell Mountain North Trailhead Parking Lot. Bell Mountain – Day One. 3 pictures