Pine Ridge Trail

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Trail Distance: 1.5 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr 30 min+
Elevation Gain: 213 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: No
Description
The woofderful trail known as the Pine Ridge Trail is a laid-back, dog-friendly hike located within the Montauk State Park just outside of Salem, Missouri. Being on the shorter end of the mileage spectrum, the Pine Ridge Trail offers pups of all ages a whirlwind of adventure exploring the lovely old-growth groves of the forest. This trail is pawhaps the park's number one trail, featuring panoramic views and towering, shady trees. Come and discover the Pine Ridge Trail and see for yourself why it is so pawpular!


The beginning of the trail might just take the breath out of you with its near-200 foot slope. But fear not! Once past this ascent, the trail is easy-breezy going forward. You'll set out on the hike at the stone shelter (via the south trailhead). Make sure to take it easy, as the hill is steep and can be slippery when wet. Plus, you don't want to miss out on the views of the old-growth timber that hangs overhead. Next, you will need to cross Highway 119, before continuing across the ridge sprinkled with shortleaf pines. Along the ridge, you'll be able to enjoy panoramic views of the pawpular spring-fed fish hatchery, before descending (rather steeply) down into the valley toward the north trailhead (and park office). 

The entire length of the trail is well-marked and maintained, but bring long pants and a hat in order to keep the no-see-ums and critters at bay. Make sure to keep a watchful eye out for wildlife; as such, you might even get to spot an eagle's nest! Don't forget to pack out what you pack in, kindly greet fellow hikers and doggies, and pick up after your pup! In sum, the Pine Ridge Trail is a furrific point-to-point hike affording you the oppawtunity to get some exercise, spend some time with Fido, and enjoy quiet time out in nature in the Montauk State Park. 

Trail Features
Forest, Wetland, Rocky, Muddy, Loose Terrain
Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Mind your step; the trail becomes slippery when wet and there are rocks. Near the start of the trail, you will need to cross a short section of the highway. Please pay attention and keep your doggie by your side.
Address
420 County Rd 6670
Salem, MO 65560
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Address
420 County Rd 6670
Salem, MO 65560
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset