Marble Creek Section

Fredericktown, Missouri

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This is an eight-mile point-to-point between Marble Creek and Crane Lake on the Ozark Trail. There is an optional five-mile loop around the lake. For most of its length the trail is singletrack suitable for riders of all skill levels. The trail alternates between climbs to scenic ridge tops and descents to cool, wooded hollows. There are a couple of very difficult sections that will require portages. The first of these is four miles west of Marble Creek. There the trail enters a set of small rocky glades, and then descends a steep, rugged slope. There is also a very rough quarter-mile stretch on the loop around Crane Lake that will have to be portaged. The payoff for your trouble is the scenic beauty of the panoramic views from the glades, and a beautiful series of shut-ins, pools, and waterfalls in Reader Hollow near Crane Lake. Elevations vary from a minimum of 680´ at Marble Creek to a high of 1,100´ on the rough stretch of trail near the glade. On the trail between Marble Creek and Crane Lake there are 4 major climbs and descents.
Mountain Bike! Ozarks

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Mountain Bike! Ozarks

by Steve Henry (Menasha Ridge Press)

This is an eight-mile point-to-point between Marble Creek and Crane Lake on the Ozark Trail. There is an optional five-mile loop around the lake. For most of its length the trail is singletrack suitable for riders of all skill levels. The trail alternates between climbs to scenic ridge tops and descents to cool, wooded hollows. There are a couple of very difficult sections that will require portages. The first of these is four miles west of Marble Creek. There the trail enters a set of small rocky glades, and then descends a steep, rugged slope.

There is also a very rough quarter-mile stretch on the loop around Crane Lake that will have to be portaged. The payoff for your trouble is the scenic beauty of the panoramic views from the glades, and a beautiful series of shut-ins, pools, and waterfalls in Reader Hollow near Crane Lake. Elevations vary from a minimum of 680´ at Marble Creek to a high of 1,100´ on the rough stretch of trail near the glade. On the trail between Marble Creek and Crane Lake there are 4 major climbs and descents.

©  Steve Henry/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Fredericktown
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Season: Spring and fall , with their more moderate temperatures, are the best times to ride this trail. While summer can be hot, the heat can be beaten by swimming in Crane Lake, splashing in the shut-ins along Crane Pond Creek below the lake's outlet, or in Marble Creek at the eastern trailhead.
Local Contacts: Mark Twain National Forest 573-783-7225
Local Maps: USGS Des Arc NE
Driving Directions: Directions to Marble Creek Section

Recent Trail Reviews

9/1/1999
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Beautiful hike across here, through old farm bottoms, ascending Ten Mile Ridge(known locally), then down to Marble Creek. Very rough at the ridge above Crane dam down to the bottoms below. Plan on solitude and enjoy.



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