Ascent of Taum Sauk Mountain on 2011-05-16

Climber: Ryan Aschbrenner

Date:Monday, May 16, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Taum Sauk Mountain
    Elevation:1772 ft / 540 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked in the circle drive at the end of the road leading up to Taum Sauk Moutain State Park. It was a two-minute hike along a paved path to the marker identifying the high point. Two other hikers were there, and they were preparing for a long hike on the Ozark Trail. They speculated about what type of marker, if any, is atop Mount McKinley, the U.S. national high point. I'm not sure I'll ever see that one up close.

I next set out on a trail run along the Ozark Trail. My ultimate goal was to reach Proffit Mountain, but I knew it was a long shot, since the out-and-back run would total about twelve miles along rugged, wet trail, and I had limited time available. I made it out three miles before turning around. There were a few stream crossings, and finally I met one where the water was too deep, and moving too quickly for a safe, solo crossing. I was a little disappointed to turn back, but I still saw some interesting things along the trail, including Mina Falls, and a rock formation called Devil's Tollgate.
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    Weather:Pleasant, Clear

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