Earthquake Ridge Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mena, AR that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.
Earthquake Ridge Trail Loop provides a steep climb, parallel to the Talimena Scenic Drive. Beginner riders may find themselves pushing their bikes for short sections of the steeper climbs. More experienced riders can test their climbing skills on the ascending tight switchbacks. After crossing the highway at the top, a descent back to the lower highway crossing provides time to catch your breath. You can either cross the highway and return to the VIC or continue on to the Southern Loop. The Southern Loop descends with lots of mild turns over varied terrain. This is the newest addition to the trails and provides excellent views of dogwoods in bloom in the spring. A short steep climb out and you have just a short ride back to the VIC. From the VIC you can then take the Fern Loop. A fast trail through the narrowly placed trees to some very tight descending switchbacks and then down to the creek bed. You can then return back to the VIC by way of the gradual ascent over a rocky section or cross over to the Carriage Loop and the Settler Loop by way of a short gradual climb out of the Fern Canyon. The Carriage Loop and Settler Loop provides fairly flat trail with tight and twisty singletrack. This is the easiest section of trail. Beginners may want to ride this section first. Built in what used to be an orchard, it is now regrown with large pine trees. The fairly flat terrain covered with pine needles provides a pleasant ride, and eventually ties into the Earthquake Ridge Trail Loop.
mountain bikes this trail a few years ago. Some difficult climbs, but beautiful scenery!
This trail was fantastic! besides having a few highway crossings it was absolutely beautiful. The trail is extremely rocky and in some areas extremely rooty so be sure that you aren't prone to twisted ankles, and if you are have good footwear. If you're on a bicycle, which my boyfriend was, you may prefer a dual suspension. The trail drops into a gorge then climbs out and drops into another gorge with a gorgeous creek crossing, there is some moss growing on the trail near the creek. Once you make your way out of the creek bed you traverse on the mountain side and during the spring there are some area where the trees thing enough to offer spectacular views! Know that this trail connects with the Rich Mountain trail which is marked with yellow instead of white, its a wise idea not to take that trail unless you intend to add several miles to you adventure.
We did this one for the first time today. I loved it but it was grueling. the first time ive hiked almost 7 consecutive miles.
Bring your A game
Earthquake ridge trail is a combination of 4 shorter trails that can be taken all together to get you the six miles or can be taken seperately to give you shorter and/or less challenging routes.