Midwest USA, Trip Reports » Ridge Runner Trail, Missouri Ozarksby mwoody
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.