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.
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.
The OT segment I hiked (which I am calling 04-G2) is a 2.1-mile stretch on Rockhouse Mountain, near Big Brushy Campground. It starts at Forest Road 48 and ends at a spur connecting to Forest Road 813.
The snow wasn’t really a problem as there was only about 2 inches on the ground. In fact, the scenery was very pretty with the snow.
I was rather cold at first and was thinking that I should have worn better gloves than the cheap ones I brought with me. But after about ten minutes of walking, I was fine.
This is not a difficult segment to hike. Actually, it was so not-difficult that I found it a little boring. It goes along the side of Rockhouse Mountain, but it doesn’t go up to the top.
I have posted the gpx file I made and some photos I took.
|Trail Name and Location||Ouachita Trail (04-G2)|
|County/State||Montgomery County, Arkansas|
|Weather/Conditions||Cold. Temp in 30's. 2 in snow on ground. Periodic snow flurries.|
|Directions||From Big Brushy Campground, take FR6. Take a right at FR 48. The start of this segment is at the intersection with FR 76. (I parked along the side of the road.)|
|Length||2.1 miles (one way)|
|Difficulty (1=Easy; 5=Most Difficult)||3|
|ATT Cell Coverage?||Partial|