Jan 11, 2014 · 9:30 AM
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Due to all the past snow and rain in the forecast we will NOT be going to Black Mountain. That will be a separate adventure.
We WILL still go to Shepherd Mountain trail near Pilot Knob/Ironton.
Since I am not familiar with the trail, I can only assume it will be muddy.
I am sure it will be slick in places due to the mud and/or any remaining snow/ice. Looking at the Satellite pic, there appears to be areas of exposed rock/glades.
Supposedly there are old mines just off the trail. While the trail is short (less than four miles) we will take our time and thoroughly explore the area.
If time allows, I plan to go walk the one mile trail at Bootleg Access and make a trip up Hughes Mountain. Anyone who would like to join me, is welcome.
Bootleg is very low lying in places so it MIGHT be too muddy to walk. We will save Hughes for last. It will be some backtracking as far as driving goes.
If anyone wants to we can back track more, to Caledonia BBQ or return via Farmington. There is a pretty good Mexican place there as well as a couple BBQ places, etc.
Expect: Steep, Rocky Terrain, Loose Rocks, water and/or ice and Mud.
Bring: Water, Snack, Lunch, trekking poles, camera, etc.
Wear: Clothing appropriate for the weather, Layers to shed.
Extra shoes and dry, clean clothes might not be a bad idea.
Shepherd Mountain is approximately 1.50 hours from St Louis City.
CLICK HERE for the article about the trail and the map.