Who We Are
1: a sharp point or spike; also: the tip of a spear
The view from our property was breathtaking! The muddy and wild Missouri River rolls southward out of Nebraska along the Western border of its namesake state. A few miles north of Kansas City it turns sharply to the East. It bisects the Show Me state as it snakes through hills, valleys, and farmland towards St. Louis and its confluence with the mighty Mississippi.
Along the way its relentless, pounding current carves a trench through Missouri’s karst topography. The resulting bluffs soar hundreds of feet above the muddy water. Their faces are pockmarked with sandstone caves, and their ridges are crowned with thick jungles of cedar pines, evergreen firs, and native deciduous trees. One of those bluffs, one right near the middle of the state, was on my family’s property. It juts out to a point as the river rolls around the bend, and it offers a panoramic display that extends from the Pacific to the Atlantic and down to the Gulf of Mexico. It is high ground. It stands sentry over the river valley below, as it has for millennia. It is the tip of the spear, the Pike.
Accessing the Pike was no easy task. It required salt and grit, blisters, and blood. With nothing more than a pickaxe and hand saw, my family, friends, and I carved a trail through the dense woodland leading up the bluff. The way is narrow and winding. Our trail skirts a massive ravine on one side and a steep canyon on the other. It bobs and weaves. It crosses a stream and traverses outcroppings. The Pike Trail is no easy climb, but nothing worth doing ever is.
Our company was forged in the same spirit as the trail that bears its name. We are the tip of the spear, rugged and determined, dedicated to leading the way in quality, value, and reliability. We don’t take shortcuts and we don’t let others blaze trails, we do that. We do it because the view from the top is amazing, and we want everyone to see it.
Whether you’re stalking a Muley in the Rocky Mountains, riding the rapids in the Canyonlands, or blazing a trail through the Appalachians, you can rest assured that Pike Trail has your back, and our gear will never let you down. The rest is up to you.
Pike Trail Virtues
Our company is named Pike Trail based off of these same virtues and values of relentless determination and a passion to create products that are tough enough to survive and protect us in the great outdoors. We strive to put this same kindred spirit into each of our products, never compromising on quality and always committed to bringing you gear that will last. Unlike other Hiking Gear Companies - No short-cuts are ever taken at Pike Trail as we continually search for and create products around our journeys down the trail.
Help Wanted - Customers of Hiking Gear Companies
We are always in Beta when striving to perfect our Pike Trail line of products. We don’t believe in perfection per say, but we do believe a product can be enhanced to strive for this unending lofty goal. Using feedback from our Pike Trail Field Consultants and our Customers we aim to improve our products with every new production run. If you have a thought, idea or suggestion – please let us know. Every bit of Feedback matters to us, no matter how Big or Small..!
My passion for the great outdoors has been a part of me for as long as I can remember. Growing up, a large part of my existence was spent hiking the woods, camping with friends, along with taking fishing and hunting trips with my Dad. Through these experiences, I developed a certain ease with the wild that has stayed with me my entire life. Living in NE Ohio afforded me close approximation to the Allegheny Mountains in North East Pennsylvania where an easy day trip could put me deep into the heart of the wilderness. During summers, camping and white water rafting adventures meant taking a drive to Ohiopyle State Park where navigating the rapids and making camp was part of how skills were developed. In 2007, I moved west with my wife and 3 girls to Columbia, MO. Columbia is a great place to live and has many attributes, one of which is a great trail system where the MKT trail starts downtown and connects to the KATY trail near the Missouri River. My family values this local treasure and my wife and I have used it as a resource to help our kids experience nature in what is essentially our city’s backyard. The KATY runs along our property next to the great Missouri River and I cut Pike Trail so that it could be a continuation of this great trail network. Pike Trail has given our family so much enjoyment that I wanted to develop a product line that helps others experience the many gifts the great outdoors has to offer. I look at our products as a partnership with you as our customer and I truly hope that we can provide you with solutions to making each one of your adventures into the wild more enjoyable!
See you on the trail,