Trail Map: Hercules Glades Wilderness

The trails at Hercules Glades have been re-named (2018), so we’ve switched out the map and links to ones that show the new trail names. We’ve got a load of GPS data giving fire ring locations and other points of interest: springs, stock ponds, old buildings etc… which we’ll be publishing at some point.

 Hercules Glades Wilderness Trail Map – USDA Forest Service. March 2018. (Click on the image to see a bigger version)

Link: Downloadable / printable version.

Official Websites and Brochures for Hercules Glades

Brochure: Welcome to Hercules Glades Wilderness (pdf)

Website: USDA: Hercules Glades Wilderness

Hercules Glades — Revised Trail Names

Old Trail NameNew Trail Name
Blair RidgeBlair Ridge
Coy Bald Coy Bald
Devil’s DenLower Pilot
Glades / Devil’s Den EastUpper Pilot
Long CreekLong Creek – but it takes an extended route along what was Rock Spring Trail
Pees HollowPees Hollow
Rock SpringLong Creek

Hercules Glades Trails – GPS Tracks

Pees Hollow

GPS Track of the Hercules Glades Pees Hollow Trail
 Hercules Glades Wilderness Pees Hollow Trail
 Elevation Profile of the Pees Hollow Trail (Clockwise)

Beaver Creek Bluffs

This trip requires a lot of bushwhacking — there are no trails to the bluffs.

 Hercules Glades – Beaver Creek Bluffs. Bushwhacking Required.

Getting to the Coy Bald Trailhead – Hercules Glades Wilderness from Highway 65 (Springfield & Branson)

Hercules Glades can is easily accessible from both Springfield and Branson Missouri, by taking Highway 65. From Highway 65 take Highway 160 east through Forsyth. Stop and enjoy some of the very nice views of Lake Taneycomo along the way. The Coy Bald trailhead is on Cross Timber Road, 19.4 miles along Highway 160 from Highway 65. The unpaved road can get rough, so check your ground clearance. At our last visit the road had been recently regraded and the road was fairly easy going after the first couple of turns.

View Route to Hercules Glades Wilderness Coy Bald Trailhead from Hwy 65 in a larger map

Traveling East on Highway 160, Cross Timber Road which leads to the Hercules Glades Wilderness Coy Bald Trailhead. You can see it on Google Street View below.

The paved road ends at a ford. Do check the depth before crossing and remember that a sudden storm may trap you on the wrong side of the ford.

The track leading up to the Coy Bald Trailhead
 Looking north at the start of the unpaved track to the Coy Bald Trail head. Immediately after crossing Cane Creek. Go right and follow the road up the hill.
Leaving Hercules Glades (Coy Bald Trailhead)
 Looking south at the start of the paved section of Cross Timber Road leading to Highway 160. Check the depth of the ford before crossing and remember that a sudden storm may trap you on the wrong side of the ford.
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3 thoughts on “Trail Map: Hercules Glades Wilderness

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  2. Lenny Buis

    Some 30 years ago about five of us would hike in about 5 miles to devils den we did that for about 10 yrs in a row until members of our group started dieing off. It just didn’t feel the same any more after that. Thank the Lord that we never killed a deer in there I have no idea how we would have got one out of there. But we had lots of good times and made some awesome memories.

    1. Gary Post author

      A friend found the (very old) remains of a still way up in Devil’s Den. I suspect that still might have been the source of Devil’s Den’s name.


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