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Bell Mountain (north lot to Highway A)
If you use a shuttle, this is the best day hike in the region. The wonderful view from Bell's peak is stunning. Hiking north-to-south makes for an easier trip.
A great one-day escape! If you need a quick fix on the trail and can only get out for the day, this trip is your salvation. Pick up a shuttle from Highway A and start your trip at the north Bell Mountain trailhead. The trip follows a forested ridge at first and it may not seem that spectacular, but once you reach the summit of Bell the scenery changes quickly. Take one of the many side-trails to the rocky glades on the eastern side of Bell for stunning vistas of the St. Francois Mountains. This is a good spot for a snack or even lunch.
Once past the summit the trail again follows a forested ridge before joining the Taum Sauk Trail. Make a right and wind through a series of southwest-facing glades that overlook the Ottery Creek Valley. Keep a watchful eye for the rare Mead's Milkweed (in season). The trip ends at Highway A after 8 miles of pink rhyolite heaven!
It's always a good idea to know if there are any problems before you go. Make sure you check out our Trail Conditions page for the latest information.
Glade on Bell Mountain
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Printable Maps for this Trip
North Bell Mtn. Trailhead to Highway A Trailhead Directions