Ouachita Trail 04: FR 48 to FR 813 (Rockhouse Mtn.) (88.2 to 90.3)

My girlfriend thought I was crazy for wanting to hike Sunday. Here in western Arkansas, there was snow everywhere (and still coming down), and it was breezy with temps in the low 30’s.

Ouachita Trail 04: FR 48 to FR 813 (Rockhouse Mtn.) (88.2 to 90.3) photo
Ouachita Trail on Rockhouse Mountain

But I had really been wanting to do some more hiking on the Ouachita Trail, and the roads weren’t bad. So I went anyway.

Ouachita Trail 04: FR 48 to FR 813 (Rockhouse Mtn.) (88.2 to 90.3) photo
More Ouachita Trail on Rockhouse Mountain

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Fort Smith: Creekmore Park Walking Trail

Fort Smith: Creekmore Park Walking Trail photo
Creekmore Park Walking Trail (October 2012)

Creekmore Park is one of the most popular parks in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The park features a half-mile walking path that loops around the park. For those in Fort Smith, walking the path in Creekmore Park is a very pleasant way to get some exercise without having to leave the city.

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Creekmore Park Walking Trail

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Mount Magazine: 2010 Bear Hollow Trail Winter Pics

Last Saturday I went hiking on the Bear Hollow Trail at Mount Magazine State Park (near Paris, Arkansas).

Mount Magazine: 2010 Bear Hollow Trail Winter Pics photo
Bear Hollow Trail, Mt. Magazine State Park, Logan County, Arkansas

Bear Hollow Trail is one of my favorite hiking trails. It is not very difficult or very long, and it has gorgeous views of the Bear Hollow area on the east side of Mount Magazine.

Mount Magazine: 2010 Bear Hollow Trail Winter Pics photo
Bear Hollow Trail, Mt. Magazine State Park

Last Saturday when I went up there, I was a little surprised to see all the snow that was still there. We had gotten snow in Fort Smith in the past week or so, but that had already melted.

The first part of my hike was pretty exciting as I had never hiked in 6 inches of snow before. I’m sure that is a pretty regular thing to do up north, but it was new for me. Continue reading Mount Magazine: 2010 Bear Hollow Trail Winter Pics

Ouachita Trail 05: FR 33 to FR 274(W) (Blowout Mtn) (96.0 to 101.0)

Today, my friend David and I hiked what I have labeled segments 05-C and 05-D of the Ouachita Trail.

Ouachita Trail 05: FR 33 to FR 274(W) (Blowout Mtn) (96.0 to 101.0) photo
Ouachita Trail Near Summit of Blowout Mountain

This is a 5-mile segment of the trail that starts just a few miles east of Big Brushy Campground and extends across Blowout Mountain and the Blowout Mountain Scenic Area. It begins at Forest Road 33 and ends at Forest Road 274.

There are no designated parking areas so we each parked along the side of the forest road with a note indicating that we were hiking on the trail.

Ouachita Trail 05: FR 33 to FR 274(W) (Blowout Mtn) (96.0 to 101.0) photo
Ouachita Trail on Blowout Mountain
Ouachita Trail 05: FR 33 to FR 274(W) (Blowout Mtn) (96.0 to 101.0) photo
Approximate Elevation Profile Based on GPS Data

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