Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

Since this trip was rescheduled from March 23 because of weather the plans have changed slightly. Because the naturalist has another tour in the afternoon, we will  hike in the wild area but a shorter distance and be done with her at 12:30.  Then we will eat lunch at a shelter, visit the park store, walk the the Devil's Icebox Trail, and maybe hike one more trail  if we have time.  Remember arrive a little before 10 AM  and call me on my cell phone at[masked] if you get delayed.

I just talked to our tour guide and she said to meet at the Devil's Icebox/Rock Bridge parking lot.  Please arrive a little early so I can collect the fees in advance - exact change of $8 would be helpful.  Depending on the weather, we may eat our sack lunch either on the trail or in the park office.  Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes.  I will have a cell phone on Saturday in case you get delayed -[masked]-3295.  This is not part of the outing, but afterwards some of us may go to "44 Stones" which is an interesting  pub near  Rock Bridge SP.  Get info & directions here - 44stonepub.com

Tour the Gans Creek Wild Area with a park naturalist.  On this Family Farm History Hike we will visit sites of cabins and view historical photos and hear readings about life in the late 1800's -early 1900's.  This will be a 3 mile hike on hilly terrain. Bring a drink and sack lunch to eat on the trail.  (Historic Site Tour $4 + $4 requested donation to Sierra Club.  Your donation will help fund a photo exhibit of Missouri's eight wilderness areas for the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act).

After the hike return to the park store to view a slideshow on the karst features of Rock Bridge followed by a short hike on boardwalk to Devil's Icebox Cave.

http://mostateparks.com/park/rock-bridge-memorial-state-park

RSVP here (preferably) or by e-mailing me at [masked] or by phone at[masked]-7823. During the sign-in process all participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the Liability Waiver before you choose to participate in an outing, please go to: http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/ .

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  • Melissa H.

    How were thw wild flowers?

    May 21, 2013

  • Eileen M.

    The naturalist tour was excellent starting with the history and culture of the area and then led us through Gans Creek Wild Area pointing out wildflowers as she took us through forests, streams and overlooks.

    May 21, 2013

  • calvin p.

    Excellent

    May 20, 2013

  • Sandy P.

    Beautiful and mysterious when approached beyond the picnic tables and parking lots.

    May 18, 2013

  • Sandy P.

    I need to come back and miss the pub so I'll drive alone. Thanks for the offer.

    May 18, 2013

  • calvin p.

    OK. Guess some people cancelled. I can carpool or give a ride. I live close to where I-35 & I-635 cross. I can fit 4other people but not a lot of trunk space. I plan to also visit that historic pub mentioned after. Calvin.

    May 17, 2013

  • Eileen M.

    I added a slight change to our schedule but it didn't seem to e-mail out to you. If you get this post, will you please go to the beginning of the original outing description for info.

    May 17, 2013

  • Margaret

    If anyone would like to carpool from Johnson.county or west metro KC, please let me know. I can comfortably fit 2 more adults in my car (3 if I remove childseat)

    April 28, 2013

    • Marty

      I would be interested in attending and catching a ride with you. Do you still hsve space?

      May 5, 2013

    • Margaret

      I am sorry. I cancelled out as Ibwant to spend my only weekend off with family. Sorry.

      May 17, 2013

  • Margaret

    I am so sorry to cancel last minute. I am SURE that I changed my RSVP more than a week ago. My phone app is not working.

    May 17, 2013

  • Sandy P.

    If anyone is going out Highway 50, I live in Lone Jack and am willing to carpool.

    May 17, 2013

  • Eileen M.

    Carpooling is a good idea and I am glad you are doing this as it is something I can't arrange because of Sierra Club liability issues. I have not hiked this trail before so I can't say if it is appropriate for toddlers however keep in mind it will be at least a couple of hours on hilly terrain and if your child wants to go home early this could be a problem for others that are carpooling with you.

    May 8, 2013

  • Anne

    I can't go after all, I have a conflicting event from months ago that I forgot about.

    May 5, 2013

  • Margaret

    Would a toddler is a backpack be appropriate/allowed?

    April 28, 2013

  • Deborah

    Going out of town....

    April 27, 2013

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