A casual one-night backpacking trip on the Smith Creek Loop in a part of the Mark Twain Natl Forest southeast of Columbia MO. A good trip for those without a lot of experience or who can't get away on Fridays for one of our Ozarks trips. Participation will be limited to about 8 people. Get on the waiting list here (preferably) or by email to [masked]. Once you're approved, I'll move you to the YES list.
Outings like this are one way our local Sierra Club group raises money to fund operations. A donation of $5 would be gratefully accepted.
We'll rendezvous Saturday AM on the east side of KC, set up a carpool if desired, and drive about 2.5 hours (with pit stops) to the trail head. We'll hike in (stopping for lunch) about 2.5 miles and set up camp. Sunday we'll hike out about 2.5 miles and head for home with a lunch stop in Columbia.
As usual, we'll Leave No Trace (and that means a lot more than just carrying out our trash). If you don't agree, don't sign-up.
Food: Bring lunch & dinner for Sat, breakfast for Sun, plus snacks.
Water: We cannot count on finding any filterable/treatable water so you'll need to carry-in all you'll need (4 or 5 liters?).
The terrain is fairly level and heavily wooded. Tick precautions strongly recommended.
Don't have all the gear for a backpacking trip? No problem, we have some available for loan to Sierra Club members for use on this outing.
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/ .