Mayfield Loop Bo-Co Road 348/350

Total Miles
4.4

Elevation

221.38 ft

Duration

0.5 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Summer, Fall, Spring, Winter

Trail Overview

The Mayfield Loop also known as the Bollinger County Road 348 and 350 is a combined set of roads that from a birdseye view form a (realistic, not cartoon) heart shaped loop through the Mayfield bottoms and hilltops. The hills are steep, the creeks are plentiful, natural rock is part of the road, and there are creek bottom sections of the road. It is a showcase (perhaps a Gatekeeper trail) of the best terrain to expect in Bollinger County, but in an all-in-one package. The road is partially shaped by the Mayfield Creek and it's feeder creeks including the Cooks and German Branch, which total 4-6 crossings depending on water levels, the rest of the roads are shaped by the property lines traversing the hills.

Photos of Mayfield Loop Bo-Co Road 348/350

Mayfield Loop Bo-Co Road 348/350
Mayfield Loop Bo-Co Road 348/350
Mayfield Loop Bo-Co Road 348/350

Difficulty

The difficulty of the Mayfield Loop is as usual for Bo-Co, heavy rooted in two things, how wet it is, and how neglected the road has been, if the road has been mended, it is more like a 3/10, but if it has not seen maintenance in a while it could sway to a 5/10, if water levels are high this also, on it's own, would push it to a 5/10 rating, due to the natural bedrock water crossings you will find on the German Branch and west side of the loop, though on the east side is where you find the steepest hills, that easily will turn into a sloppy muddy mess with any decent rain, these hills also feature rock shelves that will slowly become more and more exposed as the road is beaten in (the pictures in the entry are from a mended state), these make it hard to keep momentum needed to make it to the top if it is muddy, to add to the fire, the edges are also heavily eroded and rutted out and are very prone to hanging up vehicles, considering all this, the road is given a 4/10 base rating.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

Sam Morrison
Apr 08, 2024
4x4
Open
Chris Menz
Apr 02, 2024
1999 Jeep Cherokee
Open
Normal
Muddy/Wet
Washboard
Here in spring, with trees just beginning to bloom, I can see stuff I never knew existed along the road like the old abandoned house on the eastern side of the loop. Cool. Respect private property!
Chris Menz
Jun 07, 2023
1999 Jeep Cherokee
Open
Normal
Dusty

Access Description

To approach it from the West from Missouri Route 51, at 37.46403, -90.03378, head east on Missouri Route JJ, for 5 miles, then turn right onto the Bo-Co Road 350, at 37.45554, -89.94947, follow this for 385 yards, continue straight onto the Bo-Co Road 348 or turn left to get on to the 350, you are now on the route. From the East, get on the Bo-Co Road 366 at Missouri Route B, at 37.45432, -89.90802, follow this for 1.7 miles, at 37.46193, -89.93399 turn left onto the Bo-Co 356, follow this for .5 mile, at 37.45537, -89.93908 turn right onto Missouri Route JJ, follow this for .6 mile, then turn left onto the Bo-Co Road 350, at 37.45554, -89.94947, follow this for 385 yards, continue straight onto the Bo-Co Road 348 or left to get onto the 350, you are now on the route. From the South at the intersection of Missouri Route M and Route VV, at 37.41174, -89.98272, head north on VV for 2.3 miles to 37.43307, -89.96683, turn right to get onto the Bo-Co 350 or turn left to get onto the 348, you are now on the Loop.

Popular Trails