GPS Coordinates: (Latitude, Longitude, Elevation)
Parking Location: 35.54074, -92.79777, 1547 feet
Turn left onto ATV trail: 35.54159, -92.79934, 1601 feet
Falls #1: 35.5444, -92.80044
Keep right onto ATV trail: 35.55351, -92.7603, 1407 feet
Bluff Break: 35.55073, -92.79351, 1222 feet
John Mountain Falls: 35.55112, -92.79336, 1223 feet
Falls #3: 35.55010, -92.79433
Ladderbucket Falls: 35.54868, -92.79469, 1227 feet
Pet Friendly: Yes. No problem for dogs off-leash. A dog kept on a leash may have some difficulty going up and down the break in the bluffline.
Hiking Statistics: The one-way distance to John Mountain Falls and then on to Ladderbucket Falls is 2.23 miles. The return hike is slightly less distance because you can go directly from Ladderbucket Falls to the bluffline break, bypassing nearby John Mountain Falls. The highest-to-lowest elevation difference is 554 feet, but there are no extended steep climbs. Approximately 3/4 of this hike is along an old logging road and a couple of ATV trails so it is easy hiking. The remaining hike is a bushwhack but is fairly open hiking without a lot of undergrowth or obstacles. I would rate this a moderately difficult bushwhack.
Ladderbucket area waypoints
GPS track file to John Mountain and Ladderbucket Falls (.gpx format)
Links to blog posts for other nearby areas:Schoolhouse Falls
Lizard Log Falls
Brushy Fork waterfalls
|Sign at 'Y' in White Oak|
Mountain Road - bear left
To get there:
- Drive north from Hector on Highway 27. Less than a mile from the Big Piney Ranger station in Hector, you cross over Dare Creek. Look upstream when you cross and you will see a nice little waterfall.
- Immediately after crossing Dare Creek, turn right onto White Oak Mountain Road (aka FR-1301). This is a gravel road but is a well-traveled and fairly well-maintained road.
- Go 11.8 miles on White Oak Mountain Road. Be careful about seven miles from Hector and bear left where the road branches at the 'Y' in the road. See the sign in the photo at right - you want to stay on White Oak Mountain Road at
- After following it for 11.8 miles, turn right onto Wilderness Trail (aka FR-1307).
- Go another 3.5 miles and turn left onto Jobe's Way, then drive a quarter mile to the parking location coordinates (35.54074, -92.79777). If you drive up to the gate with the "no trespassing" sign, you have gone too far. I used to think the private property started at this fence and gate, but it is actually somewhat before that. Look at the photo of the parking location; see that bear-proofed utility pole further down the road? That is where private land begins.
|The shaded area is private land|
|John Mountain Falls|
It was back at our break in the bluffline that Boomer got bitten on his left rear paw by a snake. I think he has probably let time heal those bad memories. He seemed to have a great day out hiking today. We made pretty good time hiking the two miles back to the FJ. This hike is really not that difficult, from a technical aspect,, especially compared to most areas of the Ozarks. The part that is bushwhacking is not rough, and this route is relatively free of brush and other obstacles. I would recommend this hike for anyone capable of getting off trail and hiking a few miles. There is that private property to be cognizant of, but if you stick to the track that I made you'll be OK. Using a GPS device or app will assist you with that. You can click on the "Glossary and FAQ" link at the top right of this post for information on what I a using for GPS guidance.
|GPS track for today's hike|