Ascent of Taum Sauk Mountain on 2005-04-01

Climber: Jamie Bakken

Others in Party:Roger Niesen
Alex Niesen
Luke Niesen
Date:Friday, April 1, 2005
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Taum Sauk Mountain
    Elevation:1772 ft / 540 m

Ascent Trip Report

In April of 2005 I went down to Warrenton, MO to visit my friend Roger Niesen who was studying at a nearby school for those going into the CEF (Child evangelism fellowship) ministry. We planned to go down one day to Ironton, MO to "ascend" Taum Sauk Mountain. This was my first visit to the Ozarks, although we barely made it into the edge of the range. The Ozarks are all I'd hoped they would be. Although, they aren't really high like other mountains they sure are scenic and provide endless amounts of hiking possibilities. I'd love to return someday to do a combined Ozark and Ozark highlands trek. Although we parked near the highpoint and it didn't require any climbing we ended up getting some good exercise in as we hiked down to Mina Sauk Falls which is the highest waterfall in the state. After spending an hour down at the falls we began the fairly strenuous (but not too bad) hike back up to the top of Taum Sauk Mountain. There are many rocky glades along the way that hold numerous lizards, scorpions and other little creatures. There isn't much of a view from the summit but there's spectacular views on the way down to the falls. Highly recommended. I'd also love to see Johnsons Shut ins State Park but we didn't have time.
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    Route:Mina Sauk Falls Trail
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