Midwest USA, Trip Reports » Ridge Runner Trail, Missouri Ozarks


Did an overnight trip on this trail south of Cabool, MO.  Pretty typical Ozark terrain.  Unfortunately there was a fair amount of deadfall on the trail, that slowed me down a fair amount.   There are some hike-a-bike sections.   Typical of trails in Missouri, they sometimes are built up a steep grade that is not rideable, particularly with a load.   This is a good trail for solitude.  I encountered a group of equestrians a short distance from the TH, but otherwise had the trail to myself.  I suspect it gets light bike traffic at best.

The trail is 22 miles long total, a portion of it also is part of the Ozark Trail.   Given the deadfall and some of the hike-a-bike, doing the entire length would be pretty difficult in one day.   I treated it as a SB24O.   Rode out 10 miles and camped and then back to the TH.   If the forest service would get the deadfall cleared, I suspect I could have covered 12 miles or a little more in the same time.

I am relatively new at bikepacking so I have to refine my setup a bit.  I probably had 4-5 lbs of stuff I didn’t need for an overnight.

Comments (7)

DanielApril 2nd, 2011 at 5:16 am

is that a DIY frame bag?

MWoodyApril 2nd, 2011 at 1:42 pm

No, the frame bag and other bags are Revelate Designs (formerly Epic Designs.) So far I am pretty happy with the bags.

kruz from PAApril 5th, 2011 at 6:02 am

this is going to sound stupid but those woods pics could really look like western PA in the fall nice setup I cant wait to graduate high school in june so i have time to bike pack this entire summer and fall

MWoodyApril 5th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Doesn’t sound stupid. When I see photos of Pennsylvania in bike mags I think it looks like Missouri.

rhythmtechApril 5th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

MWoody, I am planning a trip soon further north on the Ozark trail. If you’re looking for someone to ride with let me know, I would like to do a couple trips through spring and summer.

bigringinitOctober 4th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Hey, I’d love to get out on the OT sometime before winter really hits. Wish me luck!

williamFebruary 17th, 2015 at 6:45 pm

Hey Mwoody how far is Cabool from new Madrid ?

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