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Photos de Ozark Highlands Trail: Indian Creek to Lick Branch

Distance: 9.2 miles Dénivelé: 1,453 feet Type d'itinéraire: Aller-retour

randonnée sac-à-dos






vue panoramique

chute d'eau

fleurs sauvages

chiens interdits

Fri May 26 2017

The trailhead was a little hard to find, but I trusted the description I'd read and gamely crossed the road. It's there - hidden among the trees. It takes you rather steeply UP, but it's not bad, and this ends up being the most challenging part of the trail - the rest of which is flat and quite easy. Note that this spur is not in Ernst's OHT book, as it didn't exist at the time of publication. The mile markers vary a bit from Ernst's description as well due to the addition of the Lake Fort Smith portion of the trail. The trail doesn't have a great deal of "WOW," with a notable exception - the Marinoni Scenic Area. It's absolutely beautiful when the creek is running! I'm certain it's rather nice if the creek is dry, but I can't imagine it's the same. I was told that leaf-off reveals some wonderful views into the Mulberry River Valley from the trail. There's also a neat bit of trail that takes you through a sort of "mini-canyon," and the Lick Branch trrailhead is quite pretty as well. There are a few nice campsites along the trail should you want to spend more time there, or if you're planning your stops as you thru-hike the trail. Wildflowers were abundant, as was wildlife - at one point I scared up a wild turkey! Poison Ivy is also abundant, but I managed to emerge unscathed.