Taum Sauk Mountain

Taum Sauk Mountain is the highest point in Missouri. Sauk is a somewhat flat ridge rather than a peak. However, Taum Sauk and the St. Francois range are true mountains several times older than the Appalachians. Geologists believe that Taum Sauk and its neighbors may be among the few areas in the US never to have been submerged in ancient seas. The mountain lies in Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, a 7,448-acre state park. There is a paved trail to the highpoint marked by a polished granite plaque and a lookout tower with good views. The 33 mile Taum Sauk section of the Ozark Trail is considered one of the finest trails in Missouri.

Taum Sauk Mountain SUMMIT LOG peakery first ascent by xpda

46 members report climbing or hiking to the summit, most recently on Aug 22, 2016. Below are trip reports and shared pictures from their climbs. Based on the summit log, the most popular climbing routes and hiking trails to the summit are Ozark Trail - Hwy 21 TH, Mina Sauk Trail and Bushwhack back to the lookout tower.

Others who’ve summited Taum Sauk Mountain

  • xpda
  • SunnieH
  • theczar
  • StoneMan
  • sli74
  • Luckygs
  • william.musser
  • bryanroyer
  • river-josh
  • mtngoat
  • joantr
  • lafiurcm
  • jfoster09
  • ZLewis
  • k2mcbeth
  • robertocampo

Routes Used trails & approaches

58% Ozark Trail - Hwy 21 TH

23% Mina Sauk Trail

11% Bushwhack back to the lookout tower

5% Bushwhack through the woods from the lookout tower


SNAPSHOTedit info


1,772 ft / 540 m


512 ft / 156 m

Height Rank Range

Saint Francois Mountains


Missouri, United States

Summited by

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  • xpda
  • SunnieH
  • theczar
  • StoneMan
  • sli74
  • andrewmarquis
  • Narnian_Rockhound
  • Paleontologa
  • Luckygs
  • william.musser
  • bruceparker
  • ClimbingRandy

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