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    Best Hike In Missouri

    So I have a lot going on this year in my life. I am not going to get to get out on the trail till Nov. I am planning a personal trip for myself and a few friends. I looking for some opinion on the best trail in Mo. I am hiking just a little over 4 days, in on a Weds morning and out on a Sun mid morning to mid afternoon. I figure between 10 to 12 miles a day. So 40 to 50 mile loop or end to end... I figure it is going to be on the OT, but what is the best part of that trail? I have heard great things about Bell MT.

    I look forward to reading your suggestions...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravitino View Post
    Oh, I know all about Danny's site and the yahoo group too. But I am more interested in a Hammocker's opinion.

    thanks

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    The highway 8 trail head of the O T is 34 miles till bell mountain. If you included that ,you could finish on bell with the return trip down putting you just a few miles over your planned miles. Bell is one of my favorite trails.
    When your at the second campsite on the counter clockwise trail direction,you will see a rock fire pit with a flat rock wall behind it.
    When you look down from the tallest rock on the left of it there is a hidden spring on the top of the mountain. I wouldnt depend on it for water,id pack mine up from the first hard running spring you come to,but its nice to know there is water up there in case.

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    That sounds just about right... For the end point, should we park at Hwy A trailhead and back track a little to do Bell Mnt? Or is there another trailhead that maybe I do not see on the maps?

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    One car at hwy A trail head the other at the hwy 8 trail head.
    Ive left my car at both for days with no problems.
    The stars and sunrise from bell are amazing.

    Hwy A trail head will take you onto the O T.
    Bell loop seperates from it about a third of the way up.
    good luck.

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    And that would be a great way to end the trip, a night on Bell Mtn... Thanks for the suggestion. I haven't hiked the OT yet, but I have been on many trails throughout Mo.

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    It will get in your blood ,cant wait till I can get up there again.
    When your up top look around a little off trail,you can get the 360 view.

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    I'm glad I stumbled onto this thread. I picked up the OT Trail Guidebook last winter and have been trying to decide where to go. I was hoping to do a similar trip in September. I haven't been on the OT at all. Thanks for the advice.

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    Warning though Missouri has a 3 inch wide tree hugger rule .
    Ive heard they are starting to look for that now.

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