Join us for a day of hiking through the beautiful Gist Ranch Conservation Area!
Participants will wind through the Ozark forests, glades and across a creek along a roughly 4 mile trail rated as moderate. The trail is mostly-flat but with several steeper inclines. All interested hikers are welcome at the minimum age of 12. Anyone under 16 needs to be accompanied by a participating adult.
Along the trail, MDC staff will introduce the basics of backpacking including water filtration and backpack stove options and procedures, and wildlife awareness. Participants will also be introduced to area management techniques including glade restoration, riparian management, burn vs. non-burn units and the growing black bear population in Missouri.
Please bring a day pack with a sack lunch, any snacks, and a large water bottle. Wear sturdy hiking shoes.
Meet MDC staff at the Gist Ranch Shooting Range where we will carpool to our starting point.
Any questions, please email the instructor.