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Mina Sauk Falls, MO

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Distance Round Trip 3.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,750 feet
Elevation Gain -423 feet
Accumulated Gain 451 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 5.36
Interest Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Getting High in Missouri
Author imike
author avatar Guides 253
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Trips 2,467 map ( 21,513 miles )
Age 71 Male Gender
Location Cloudcroft, NM
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Sun  4:42am - 7:28pm
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Might as well do the hike...
by imike

If you are at the trailhead for the Mina Sauk Falls hike, it is likely you arrived as a "highpointer", one of those odd ducks who find some kind of value getting to a variety of arbitrary high points, this one being the highest point in the state of Missouri... a less than challenging car trip, capped off with a short walk up the paved sidewalk to the peak...

... fortunately, once you're here, well, might as well do this hike...

And, it is a nice one.

The 132' tall falls is the highest in the state, and is accessed along a pleasant 3 mile long loop hike... the falls are named after the legend:

According to the legend of Mina Sauk (the daughter of Chief Taum Sauk), a spring in the mountain which contributes to the flow of the falls was formed by a bolt of lightning sent by the Storm King. The chief of a hostile tribe who had made love to Mina Sauk was captured and killed and, according to the legend:

"... the young captive was thrown from ledge to ledge, being caught on the points of up-lifted spears. His grief-stricken bride, calling a curse down on her tribe, leaped from the highest ledge and was dashed to death beside the body of her slain lover. The Great Spirit invoked the Storm King, causing a cyclone to utterly destroy the people of Taum Sauk. A bolt of lightning striking the mountain top caused the stream of water to flow over the ledges into the gorge below, to wipe away the blood of the young lovers. On the banks of the stream sprang up flowers of crimson hue, which grows there today, by the overflowing water and which are known as Indian Pinks."

This information was excerpted from a book by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources titled "Geologic Wonders and Curiosities of Missouri".

Camping fees are required in the park area.

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2009-11-29 imike
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    Head south on State Route 21 from Arcadia, Missouri for about 4 and a half miles. Turn right onto Highway CC which is signed for Taum Sauk Mountain State Park. Along Highway CC you will see an Adopt-A-Highway sign listing the highpointers club and it's founder Jack Longacre who apparently lived in this area. After a few miles the pavement will end near a fork in the road. To the left is a lookout tower with wonderful views, to the right is Taum Sauk Mountain State Park. Once in the park there will be a viewing platform on the right side of the road that includes a panoramic photo labeling the peaks and valleys before you. Continue on to the marked trailhead... complete with toilet!
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