Taum Sauk Mountain , Missouri (1,772'), March 8, 2010.
Mileage: Drive up
Directions to summit: (from summitpost.org) Head south on State Route 21 from Arcadia, Missouri for about 4 1/2 miles. Turn right onto Highway CC which is signed for Taum Sauk Mountain State Park. After a few miles the pavement ends near a fork in the road. To the left is a lookout tower, to the right is Taum Sauk Mountain State Park. Parking is at the end of the road.
A conference in St. Louis brought me to the region and I arrived a day early to visit the state's high point.
On the left side of the road up to the summit is a kiosk marking the trail to the tribute to Jakk Longacre, founder of the Highpointers Club (highpointers.org). The tribute is a pair of poles with arrows pointing to the various state high points. I drove by it on my way to the summit.
There's a short walk to get to the official high point. The lot had just a few cars in it but I didn't see anyone.
|Here's the highpoint, plaque next to the rock.|
On the way back down the road I stopped and took the path to the Jakk Longacre site. The walk was longer than anticipated and leaves blocked some of the path but I found it.
|Tribute to Jakk Longacre|