Guard Rail - Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch

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3.8/5 (7 reviews)
Seymour, Missouri (Webster County)
Last Updated: 12/01/2023
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Like a mini amusement park log ride, Guard Rail wastes no time getting to the action. This Jeep Badge of Honor trail drops a steep grade, meanders through a hardwood forest creekbed, and ends the same way it started, with a steep, long, and potentially challenging grade. This fun, scenic trail, located within Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch, is a great trail to test your abilities and build your confidence for tackling larger hill climbs you can find throughout the ranch.

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Guard Rail is a short dirt and rock trail in the southeast corner of the Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch. The trail is capped on both ends with a steep descent/ascent, sandwiching a beautiful creek bed in the middle. While there are no major obstacles along the interior of the trail, you will traverse over numerous small rocks up to 10" tall and wade through water up to 14" deep. Guard Rail can be run in either direction, but most choose to run the .5-mile trail from east to west, with you descending the lesser grade on the eastern end and ascending the steeper incline on the western end. The steep ascent on the western edge is often heavily rutted and is mildly off-camber, making the climb challenging for any vehicle. For lesser-equipped vehicles or newer drivers, multiple attempts at the climb and potential winching may extend the duration to complete the trail. This trail is suitable for any high clearance vehicle only under dry conditions. In wet conditions, Guard Rail is nearly impassable for most vehicles and requires larger mud terrain tires and a winch. Even a small amount of moisture can turn entry and exit hills into a bobsled ride.

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3.8/5 (8)
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/01/2023

That time of year again; if you want to wheel these trails in the off-season, reach directly out to SMORR and see if you can do a day trip as they are often accommodating.
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Visited: 12/01/2022

Should have closed for the season
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Rated 3/5
Visited: 04/09/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

The exit (we ran it in reverse) of Guardrail has gotten worse, JL Rubicon on 37s did not make it up, there is a LOT of mud and deep ruts going up the hill along with a good ledge. These pics don't even come close to what it looks like now. EVERYONE in our group had to pull cable at least once. The rock buggies all took another exit. We also tried the "Harder" line to the left and found it was even more time consuming. The trail is basically the same as Peewee's Crossing other than the exit. The link below is a video of our trip through Guardrail.
Trail Review: Guard Rail - Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch - Paul
This trail guide's difficulty was changed on 01/25/2022
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/04/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Take this review with a grain of salt, because this was my first ever experience on a Jeep trail. That said, I think the previous reviewer hit it on the head when he said that the video doesn't capture the steepness of the initial and final inclines. I made it in my stock Gladiator Sport S with just a little dragging here and there that was probably due to my choosing of the line. The first drop and last climb were stacked with a lot of large, loose rocks that made progress a little tricky. Still, a fun trail and a great introduction to Jeep BOH!

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