Nine Mile (Marsh Creek FSR 2120)

Total Miles
7.8

Elevation

335.70 ft

Duration

1.5 Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Fall, Summer, Winter

Trail Overview

Nine Mile, also known as Marsh Creek FSR 2120, is a gravel forestry route through the Fredericktown sector of Mark Twain National Forest. The road features generally easy riding through the part of the St Francois mountains it lays upon, it features some moderate hill climbs, loose gravel, mounding, washboarding, small natural rock poking out at the road surface, and one small creek crossing. The focus of the trail definitely has been shaped by hunting based use. It also features some of the closest things Mark Twain National Forest has to a switchback, specifically at the 4.1-4.5 mile mark in. The road is legally a one way in and out, and features several camp cut outs and two branch trails along the way. When you reach the last 1.6 mile of the road the difficulty increases, this is due to the change from maintained road to natural road, the difficulty increases to the point it is considered it's own trail, called "Nine Mile Depths".

Photos of Nine Mile (Marsh Creek FSR 2120)

Nine Mile (Marsh Creek FSR 2120)
Nine Mile (Marsh Creek FSR 2120)
Nine Mile (Marsh Creek FSR 2120)

Difficulty

This is a generally easy gravel road through some moderate-graded hills, the biggest thing is taking your time going down the hills and climbing up them, there is one small creek that is in the bottoms at the center point, it could possibly flood to higher levels in a heavy downpour, this being the one reason it is a 2/10, outside of this it has the normal Forestry road washboarding, mounding, and minor ruts were rain water erosion carves into the road surface. This road would make a great snow-covered adventure, of course, the difficult would increase with such conditions.

Technical Rating

2

Status Reports

Tim Vollmer
Sep 17, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Rough/Deteriorated
Dusty
Chris Menz
Sep 16, 2023
1999 Jeep Cherokee
Open
Normal
Dusty
Russ Lefebvre
Jul 21, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Muddy/Wet
Rough/Deteriorated

Access Description

From the Fredericktown US-67 exit, at 37.52169, -90.31355, head west on Missouri Route-E for 18.1 miles, turn south onto Iron County Road 134, at 37.44785, -90.57972, for 1.5 miles, turn left onto the Nine Mile (Marsh Creek FSR 2120), at 37.43035, -90.58980, you are now on the trail.

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