Ozark Trail [Taum Sauk to Johnson’s Shut-Ins], Missouri — advice, tips, pointers, etc

im hiking the OT from Taum Sauk Mountain to JSI next week [around 13.5mi]. ill have a basecamp set up at JSI so i wont be carrying a shelter or sleep system with me. the idea is to get dropped off at taum sauk SP early in the morning after breakfast and hike my way back to camp on the OT

ill be using my daypack loaded with the essentials, some extra food, a rain jacket and a microgrid fleece.

does anyone have any advice or pointers for the Taum Sauk to JSI section? are there any sights i should be on the lookout for? is there a shortage of water on the trail? should i plan for a long water haul after mina sauk falls til i reach the black river? any other pointers? thanx!

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  • There used to be a geo cache on top of the southern rock of the devils toll. Check it out if its still there.

    Ive done this hike several times. It has to be my favorite and most dynamic hikes. You get all missouri has in one trail. There will be water crossings and thin rocky hillside trails that may slow ya down a bit. (I prefer waterproof boots, but extra socks never hurt) But they do a great job maintaining it.

    We never have trouble with water, but we move fairly quick. We have daypacks with small bladders and a Nalgene. Kill and refill Nalgene and use bladder when nessisary.

    Youve got some good weather it looks like. Enjoy!

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