• Ozark Trail Backpacking, Missouri, October 3-6, 2019

Ozark Trail Backpacking, Missouri, October 3-6, 2019

  • 03 Oct 2019
  • 06 Oct 2019
  • Ozark Highlands, Missour

Effective on all 2019 trips, there will be a $50 non refundable registration fee. This fee will be assessed to those who sign up for a trip, get on the roster and then later cancel, even cancelling before the cancel date. Those who never make the roster (i.e. who stay on the waitlist) will not be charged the fee.
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Ozark Trail Backpacking

Ozark Highlands, Southeastern Missouri

October 3-6, 2019

Co-Trip Leaders: Leslie Green and Dan Harrell

Type of Trip: Backpacking

Trip Cost/Deposit: $230/$115

Cancellation Date and full payment: July 30, 2019

Wilderness Level: 4 Very high risk with EMS more than 1/2 day away

Trip Difficulty: Rugged – 11 miles maximum daily mileage with moderate elevation gains

Group Size: 9/7 Maximum/Minimum

Adults Only

The Missouri Ozarks in southeastern Missouri are part of the Ozark Highlands, an area covering nearly 47,000 square miles in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma.  It is by far the most extensive mountainous region between the Appalachians and the Rocky Mountains. The Ozark Trail and the trail networks in Missouri provide a hiker’s paradise.  

We got a taste of the Ozark Trail in Missouri in 2018 We are going back to conquer another 22.7 mile section in the fall of 2019, when it will hopefully be a little cooler than our first trip.  We will also explore one of the favorite state parks in the Ozarks while we are there.

Leaving on Thursday afternoon, we’ll travel to Missouri and stay overnight in the Fort Davidson Hotel near the trail. We’ll start our two day hike of the Middle Fork Trail on Friday morning. This hike features plentiful water with rock-bottomed creeks, small waterfalls and a mix of hardwoods and pines. The contoured trail winds up and down the ridges and hollows of the headwaters of the Black Fork of the Middle River. This is fast becoming a favorite destination in the area.  We will camp in the back country near one of the waterfalls.

After finishing our hike on Saturday, we will head over to Johnsons Shut-Ins State Park where we will stay in the campground overnight (with showers available).  Sunday morning we’ll take in one of several popular hikes in the Park, followed by a post hike meal at the Fort Davidson Café (FDC) before heading home.

The trip cost includes transportation in the club van, Thursday night hotel costs (double occupancy), two trail breakfasts, two trail dinners, and camping fees. Meals on the road, trail lunches and trail snacks are at your expense. 

All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  

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