North Fork 11-2,3,4, 07

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North Fork 11-2,3,4, 07

Postby Ron & Rosie » Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:38 pm

We had the perfect weather conditions for a backpack trip. We parked at the blue hole trailhead late friday. It is located about two miles on state highway AP north of highway 14. The trailhead is a little bit hidden by trees, and there is some timbers at the entrance. Maybe for a old sign or flower bed. It is on the left side of the road going north from 14. The parking lot is plenty big enough for horse trailers. Easy in and out. We parked our other truck at collins ridge trailhead. It is located about 2.5 miles from highway KK on CR362. It is located on the left side of 362. There is a wooden sign at the entrance with Devils Backbone Wilderness on it. Another good spot for horse trailers. There is not any OT signs here. We decided to check out part of the trail that heads north from blue hole TH. What we found was a fantastic couple miles of trail. Does anyone know if the remaining 9 miles to Ponoma TH are as good shape as the first 2 or so miles? We then headed back south and made camp a ways past the trailhead heading south. The coyoties were singing. Woke up in the morning and the temperature in the tent was 40 degrees. Slept good. Our plan was to hike south from blue hole to just past highway CC trailhead on saturday, which we did. We did meet a group of 7 or 8 bikers. and thier dog. We again met them at CC. They gave us a couple bottles of water. We were a little low, so we accepted. There was also some horses and tents and cars there. Room for horse trailers too. We went a little farther south and set up camp. 44 Degrees sunday morning in the tent. Coyoties sung for us again. There are no OT signs heading south from CC. As a matter of fact there are no OT signs or any other kinds of signs all the way to Collins Ridge trailhead. Does anyone know if there is some reason for the absence of signage. We have never been without OT signs or some other types of signs on any other sections before. Lots of side trails through this area. We used our compass and trail book, and the devils backbone wilderness map, and the ridgerunner map and lots of help from the many local horse riders we met. This area is heavily used by horseman, and we were glad. We were met first of all by a man and his dog that came from blue spring, and he assured us we were on the right trail. We do not use a GPS. About six miles without signs was a new adventure for us. We did meet 4 backpackers from Saint Louis at the northfork river. They walked in from CC spent the night, camped, and fished, but did not catch any fish. Hiked back to CC sunday morning. The entire trail is in good condition and a nice hike. Water, or lack of water is a problem. Even the locals say be carefull. Not consistant supplies. One person said he has seen bear prints by the nortfork river. It must be lady bug season, we seen a bunch. We came out of the woods at 2:00 PM sunday. The CC trailhead was used a lot. We did not see any one else at the blue hole and the collins ridge trailheads. As we drove from place to place, the trees were spectacular. Could have made a trip just driving through the Ozarks. Ron & Rosie
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Postby smkybr » Mon Nov 05, 2007 9:34 pm

Ron, the stretch of trail east of AP hiway to Pomona Trailhead is in fantastic shape. Lover's Leap is a beautiful vista you must experience. The trail has been lopped, signed and ready! It's not been formally announced yet... Water will be your issue. Sparse.
I do not think signs are allowed in wilderness areas. That is why no signs in the Devil's Backbone Wilderness stretch. ( CC hiway south to Collins Ridge ) Did you get to see the " Devil's Backbone Ridge"? Awesome place to visit this time of year. A nice little day hike NORTH of Collins Ridge Trlhd.
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Postby Ron & Rosie » Tue Nov 06, 2007 1:23 pm

Thanks for the good information. We did not go on the devils backbone ridge this time, but will some time in the future. Can you tell us how to find the Pomona trailhead? We will hike that 11 miles to blue hole trailhead on our next outing. You have been very helpful, and we thank you again. Ron & Rosie
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Postby smkybr » Tue Nov 06, 2007 4:43 pm

Ron,
To get to Pomona Trlhd, turn WEST onto P hiway at Pomona. (JCT 63/P hiway). Continue WEST 8/10ths of a mile to FS 835 SOUTH. Turn south, go to top of hill. Trail on the right.
There is a good circle drive here so parking is no problem. The locals call this area, "JUNK YARD HILL", you'll see why when you see it.
The trail has been freshly lopped, signed. I think you'll find it a good hike. :)
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Postby Ron & Rosie » Tue Nov 06, 2007 6:31 pm

Thanks so much!
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