The idea is to keep the tradition going of the first trip of the year being at the Mark Twain Forest in southern Missouri. I want to do something a little different this year and that is a point to point trip on the northern section of the Ozark Trail, the Courtois section, and utilize a shuttle service that is available. Because this is the first trip of the year, I am backing off of the mileage a little bit, total trip mileage is like 14 miles. However, if this works out, there are opportunities in the future to do longer, more challenging, more back woods trips in this area. The terrain might be hilly and this is late winter camping so I would rate this as a intermediate plus trip. Watch the weather and be prepared for cold temperatures.
The plan would be to meet and park at Bass River Resort campground on the trail, which is about a 6 hour drive, hike 10 miles on Saturday, and camp at Harmon Springs primitive campground on Saturday night. On Sunday morning hike 4.5 miles to Brazil Creek trailhead where I would have the shuttle service meet us at 11 AM and take us back to our cars. Then grab a burger and a beer and get back to Chicago early enough.
I still need to get final confirmation on cost but it looks like it will be $10 per person per night for the Friday night camping and $15 per person for the shuttle service. No fees or permits are needed for the trail.
Overview map. Look for the Google link on top of the page, our section is towards the north end.
Trail Maps to print
The Friday night rally point will be at:
Bass' River Resort
PO BOX BB
Steelville, MO 65565
From Chicago head to St. Louis and follow these directions
St. Louis, MO
Take I-44 west to Cuba (exit #208), then south on hwy 19 to Steelville, in Steelville go thru 3 way stop, then east on hwy 8 for 10 ½ miles to the BIG YELLOW ARROW, BASS’ RIVER RESORT sign on your left. Follow blacktop 1 ¼ miles.
The Fine Print
I will set up car pool assignments the week before. Meetup Cost: $5, plus car expenses. Individuals are responsible for splitting gas within their own car pools.
All attendees need to understand that while I and others in the group will look out for your well being, YOU are ultimately responsible for your own safety. This is an intermediate hike so please be confident of your physical abilities before you join.
Everyone attending is responsible for bringing their own equipment i.e. shelter, sleeping bag, stove and food.