Ouachita Trail 03: Queen Wilhelmina to Hwy 88 (51.6 to 54.1)

Ouachita Trail 03: Queen Wilhelmina to Hwy 88 (51.6 to 54.1) photo

Saturday, I hiked what I have labeled as segments 03-A and 03-B of the Ouachita Trail. This is a 2.5 mile section that begins at Queen Wilhelmina State Park and continues East until it intersects with Highway 88 (of the Talimena Scenic Drive). The first half-mile or so it is the same as the State Park’s Lover’s Leap Trail.

It’s not that difficult a trail segment overall. There is some up and down climbing, but there are also long stretches on a relatively level ridge.

As you would expect, the trail has some great views from Rich Mountain.

Ouachita Trail 03: Queen Wilhelmina to Hwy 88 (51.6 to 54.1) photo

Ouachita Trail 03: Queen Wilhelmina to Hwy 88 (51.6 to 54.1) photo
Since it was already the middle of the afternoon by the time I reached Highway 88, I decided to head back to my car via the highway (making it a 5-mile loop). It is a pretty strenuous climb back up to Queen Wilhelmina State Park. (And it was cold!)

The photos above show the trail and some of the views from the trail.

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So far I have hiked about 17 miles of the Ouachita Trail. I have about 206 miles to go.

Maps

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Ouachita Trail 03: Queen Wilhelmina to Hwy 88 (51.6 to 54.1) photo
Approximate elevation profile based on gps data.

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