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    MO Spring Hang, 22 - 23 April; Wilderness Trail, Meramec State Park, site #7

    Would like to get a "spring hang" on the calendar for those of us in and around Missouri. Plan is a weekend hike/overnight hang on the Wilderness trail, in Meramec State Park. We'll hike in Saturday morning "clockwise" stopping at campsite #7. Just past #7 there's a nice spring/water source and just a bit further down the trail there's a really large spring and creek coming out from under a bluff, next to a cave. There's options for those who'd like to come up and stay Friday evening and there's another cave in the park that's interesting. The loop trail is only 8.2 miles so it's pretty low mileage and I consider it to be a fairly easy trail.

    I'm planning on more outings between now and then but wanted to get something "official" posted. This avoids Easter and it's past tax day so I'm hoping most can make it. Timed it so we should see Red Bud and Dogwood blooming along with other new growth.

    Here's a link to the trail/park: https://mostateparks.com/trails/mera...pe=backpacking

    If you're able to get out before then, consider posting your hike if you'd like company!

    Enjoy the day
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    I'm in! Thanks for setting this up!


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    My daughter and I will make this one. Thanks for getting the ball rolling so far in advance! Sure helps to be able to get it on our calendars before the weekend gets filled with something else!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gideon View Post
    Would like to get a "spring hang" on the calendar for those of us in and around Missouri. Plan is a weekend hike/overnight hang on the Wilderness trail, in Meramec State Park. We'll hike in Saturday morning "clockwise" stopping at campsite #7. Just past #7 there's a nice spring/water source and just a bit further down the trail there's a really large spring and creek coming out from under a bluff, next to a cave. There's options for those who'd like to come up and stay Friday evening and there's another cave in the park that's interesting. The loop trail is only 8.2 miles so it's pretty low mileage and I consider it to be a fairly easy trail.

    I'm planning on more outings between now and then but wanted to get something "official" posted. This avoids Easter and it's past tax day so I'm hoping most can make it. Timed it so we should see Red Bud and Dogwood blooming along with other new growth.

    Here's a link to the trail/park: https://mostateparks.com/trails/mera...pe=backpacking

    If you're able to get out before then, consider posting your hike if you'd like company!

    Enjoy the day
    Gideon

    Spring.JPG
    This sounds good. I just have to check on one other trip a local group has going in April that I have committed to. Not sure of the dates yet.

    Btw Gideon, I just got back from the Grayson Highlands HF hang. It never got below 40. Imagine that! It was way colder than that a few weeks ago at Bell Mountain and Mt. Rogers is at over 5,000 ft.
    It ain't always about hammer out the miles....Sometimes it's about just 'hanging out"!
    Loner

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    MO Spring Hang, 22 - 23 April; Wilderness Trail, Meramec State Park, site #7

    I will be there!

    The 22nd is Earthday! How fitting!

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    Perfect! Putting this one on my calendar now!
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    We just hiked that trail last weekend on a day hike. It was gorgeous. I'm only a little concerned about the spring next to the cave because the cave is full of bats and the water may or may not be full of guano... but the other spring has delicious water. I must have drank a gallon straight from the spring.

    Cheers,
    the Goat
    Cheers,
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    A little bat poop never hurt anybody!


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    I will definitely try to make it. I've never hiked that trail before, but I'm planning to get out there before April to check it out.

    mathineer

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    Two friends might be coming along with my daughter and me. Looking forward to it!
    (And I'll probably bring one of my dogs. I'll pick which of the two according to the weather forecast...excellent forecast, I'll bring my sweet old girl...chilly or wet or windy forecast, I'll bring my friendly bull-in-a-China-shop type dog.)
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