Guard Rail is a very short route near the entrance of Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch (SMORR), offering park visitors a brief but fun taste of what the park has to offer. Being one of two Jeep “Badge of Honor” trails within the park, the trail draws Jeep owners from great distances, though the trail is of course available for all to enjoy. Including trail sections in the forest, along a creek bed and a descent and ascent sure to make you look twice, this trail has enough to wet the appetite of nearly all.
7 day forecast for Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch: Guard Rail
Guard Rail is most commonly entered from its eastern trailhead. From the park office, proceed south along the main park road .30 mile. The eastern trailhead will be 200 yards to your left from the main park road. The entrance will be clearly marked at the tree line.
Guard Rail is a steep climb that is not really difficult. Although the route is fun, I an surprised that it is classified as a Jeep Badge of Honor trail. There are many better trails in the Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch.
Guard Rail is a short, but hairy trail. The TOR Video is great, but video never captures the true feel for the inclines. The first down hill is where it gets its name, and you will heat up your brakes a lot, 4-Low Engine Braking will not be enough. The middle of the trail is very scenic. The final hill is definitely a place where you will need the skinny pedal.
Our custom '05 Jeep Liberty Limited w/ Tru-Lok, w/ 2.5" lift and 32" tires had no issues.
Overall, Guard Rail and PeeWee's are located at SMORR which has dozens of trails that scale on up to "INSANE" and will challenge and/or break your toys. It is a great weekend expedition.
I rode Guard Rail twice the 2 days I was at SMORR. If you travel on the trail from East to West you will find a mud hole at the bottom of the final hill, the first day I was able to make it up it with no problem but on day two after numerous other people had been through the mud and up the hill I had to get a bit of a run at it to make it more than halfway up. SMORR is a great park with many other trails that will keep you busy for a couple days.
JP began his off-road adventures as a "Toyota guy", then later crossed the dark side when he bought a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Describing himself as a 'heavy overlander / moderate crawler', he enjoys everything from long beach runs, to the mountains of Colorado, to the rocks of Moab.