St. Louis: Dark Hollow

This remote valley in Mark Twain National Forest is often overlooked, but it's a great escape for hikers willing to bushwhack along and through its streams to huge granite walls.
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This remote valley in Mark Twain National Forest is often overlooked, but it's a great escape for hikers willing to bushwhack along and through its streams to huge granite walls.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 4.4

Waypoints

DHT001

Location: 37.5105018615723, -90.4703369140625

Trail begins near creeklet in Wolf Hollow; bear SW on overgrown forest road

DHT010

Location: 37.5055923461914, -90.5004501342774

Gray, granite cliffs loom above; good turnaround point
Warning: Stream flows from private property ahead; respect land owner's rights

DHT002

Location: 37.5090408325195, -90.4712905883789

Creek barrels down Trackler Mtn.; trail crosses back and forth

DHT003

Location: 37.5045318603516, -90.4777297973633

Keep SW, heading diagonally into a sweet-scented cedar forest

DHT004

Location: 37.5019149780273, -90.4834747314453

Drop abruptly into Dark Hollow; veer R where faint trail leads upstream

DHT005

Location: 37.5018653869629, -90.4862365722656

Hopscotch across dozens of moss-covered rocks
Caution: No clear trail from here to trail's end; keep along Lower Rock Creek

DHT006

Location: 37.4979972839356, -90.4925155639648

Jordan Hollow Creek flows into Rock Creek

DHT007

Location: 37.5005187988281, -90.4959182739258

Scramble up rugged streambed and over big boulders; keep R

DHT008

Location: 37.5020332336426, -90.4992599487305

Gorge opens slightly; best path along L side

DHT009

Location: 37.5050086975098, -90.4984359741211

Veer L of cascades and pools