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My best friend Dr. Scheurich and I have vowed to get back to our passion of backpacking with a monthly trip. These trails will be our adventures!

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Went for an overnight backpacking trip and finished the entire trail to see both waterfalls, overlook views, passed through some creeks, got lost lol..there were many ticks( did not bring deep woods spray), occasionally finding a couple ponds..markers get confusing, male sure to bring a reliable map, my print off could not save us from getting lost. overall this place was amazing, the trees and different views make u feel like uve entered dimension where no one else exists(serenity at its finest)

We started at the 65 bridge near Tyler Bend. It took a bit to find the trailhead. We parked our vehicle off Hwy 65 on Grinders Ferry Rd, crossed the highway and walked down the drainage ditch to start the trail (we found the tunnel too slick to go through). The trail is well marked and a beautiful hike. We went to Collier Homestead and on past to the overlook - a don’t miss this! kinda place. Then back to the homestead and continued on the BRT down the mountain to the open meadow below and on to the creek. Couldn’t cross because the water was just a bit too high. So backtracked to the homestead and took a trail down to the visitor center. From there we hiked Buck Ridge Trail back to the BRT and the bridge and our car. This was a great hike with beautiful views and much up and downs for great exercise. The Tyler Bend area is really spectacular. We’ll go in a different way to resume the trail towards Woolum next week.

Very scenic. Pretty well marked over all. Watch out for 1.4 miles one-way off shoot in the NW corner

One of my favorite trails in Arkansas. We started at Cripple Turkey on December 1st and ended at Allison on December 2. A lot of waterfalls and bluff outcroppings. I would definitely do this one again. The scenery was amazing.

Difficult but worth it.

This trail is amazing, especially cascade canyon. We took 3 days/2 nights to cover 30 miles. Camped outside the national park both nights b/c we didn't have permits. A good amount of elevation change, but totally worth it!

As other reviews have mentioned, the first couple of miles up the mountain are fairly challenging. this trail is also not well marked but it visible throughout if you pay attention. for most of the way up the mountain there was fairly good cellphone reception. the views were absolutely amazing! we missed the water falls as the trail turns back to the caney trail east. we started this trail around noon and got to the junction of caney trail around 3. the hike back is easy, but it is longer than expected and crosses the creek several times. the caney creek trailhead is also not well marked, it's a blank board. Overall this trail is demanding at 11 miles and took about 6 hours to complete. It definitely is worth the views and terrains.

19 days ago

As previously mentioned, the west side of the trail is in rough shape and there is no water until you hit the OT. We did enjoy the great weather and the last of the fall colors.

19 days ago

Amazing hike with amazing views. We did the hike in 2.5 days

This trail follows the water which is amazing. We started from the Big Agnes North Trail in a clockwise direction. This means the higher elevations are completed last. There are a few places where the trail markings are lacking. Several hikers have tied ribbons marking the trail. We found using the Guthook app really made it easygoing. It works offline which is great since there is no phone service near the trail. The service roads that access the trail are small and have one lane bridges so exercise caution.

great trail.

Absolutely amazing and challenging trail. Started on Wednesday, November 21st at 10:25am and finished Friday, November 23rd at 10:45am. We went clockwise and trekked nearly 11 miles, camping soon after crossing Eagle Rock Vista and the next ridge. Camped along the stream in the valley at some nice campsites. Early start the next morning began with some truly challenging climbs but the views were worth it. Hammered out a total of 11.5 miles that day and camped near a meadow just shy of Albert Pike. Knocked out the next 5 1/2 or so the next morning with the last mile in the pouring rain. We saw deer, raccoon, and heard something early one morning howl like a wolf (it was not coyotes, I’ve had tons of experiences with them). Didn’t see bears but I sure wanted to, from a distance of course. I highly suggest getting in good shape for this hike. I thought I was in pretty good shape but the ridges kicked my tail. Also, call the ranger offices to check the water levels because there are tons of water crossings.

26 days ago

This is a great length of trail for an easy overnighter, but the west side of the loop is quite rough! No one should use my recording to aid them on the west portion because there were many times we completely lost the trail - no blazes in sight and the trail just seemed to dead end into brambles. We took the scenic route option at the sign giving the option between that and the Horse Thief Springs trail around Snake Mountain, and maybe it would have been better if we had kept to the main trail. Much of the trail is fairly overgrown, even once we rejoined the main trail. There was also no water source we could use from Cedar Lake to Horse Thief Springs along the west loop. The spring itself is pretty nasty looking. The first water we found that was running enough to collect was a half mile onto the east loop. There are also great campsites there. The east loop was amazing - beautiful, well marked, plenty of water, and lots of great camping spots.

Fantastic trail. Summer hikes are great with the canopy and many water holes to take a dip in.

26 days ago

we hiked the trail late October. the Little Mo. River gauge at Langley was showing 4.4' when we started CCW at the forestry Rd East trailhead just south of Albert Pike. This is as high as I would feel comfortable crossing most of the deeper crossings, and I'm 6'2". the trail was very scenic through most sections, and was definitely a challenge. we did three 8 mile days and a 3 mile morning to finish up.

the mountain summits, while steep with no switchbacks, are thankfully not that tall (200-400 feet in approx .5 mile for most of them). the rocky creek bed s you follow on the VBT will beat your feet to death, so be sure to wear some sturdy boots. Water is plentiful. aside from the peaks, we were rarely more than a hundred feet from flowing water.

26 days ago

Loved this trail. I hiked from Barkshed to Allison and was impressed by the scenery. Massive bluffs, rock outcroppings and formations much like you would see along the Buffalo River, only on a slightly smaller scale. Ended up camping at a great spot by a big bluff and possibly the smallest waterfall on Earth about 1.5 miles from Blanchard. I got a shuttle from Sylamore Creek Camp which works great just note they are located one mile from the trailhead. I would also add this is possibly the best marked trail I’ve been on.

This was a great trail and we accomplished it in 5 hours. Definitely needs a crosswalk at the intersection of park ave and highway 7

All I have to say is breathtaking views!!

on Eagle Rock Loop

29 days ago

We hiked this trail in October, and had a 7 year old with us. We ended up camping 3 nights, as we were not in a hurry at all. We took lightweight hikers tents, our backpacks had camelbacks, and we ate MREs. I am not exaggerating when I say we probably crossed water 60 times, but sometimes it was just small streams that you could step on rocks to get across. I took water shoes to change into to cross the bigger water crossings so my shoes could stay dry, then I would change back into my sneakers. When I said MREs earlier, I feel they made all of the difference in our energy level. I couldn’t have made it on trail food. We had 2 each per day, and saved something out of them for breakfast. We had some extra water to start, but we took one of those little filters to filter the stream water so that we could pack a little lighter. When we parked and started, we went to the right first. We had studied the map and felt this was the toughest part so we wanted to tackle it first. Brush Heap Mountain has no mercy. It’s a long, steep climb that you think will never end. At the top was a little spotty cell coverage if you wanted to check in with the rest of the world. Other than that, I don’t believe we had any cell phone coverage. So be sure you check in and out with the park rangers.
It was a challenging, beautiful hike. Lots of different terrain to see and experience. We are in our 40s, and had a teen and a 7 year old and we completed it.

Loved this trail! I would like to point out that the trail is very close to cliff edges so I wouldn’t recommend bringing children.

Really pretty in some areas. Thickly wooded. If you're by yourself it's an easy hike. However, it's DANGEROUS if you have two big dogs with you because the a large portion of the path is narrow (my dogs were shoulder to shoulder) and on the edge of a cliff.

We hiked rim-river-rim in one day! It was epic, but definitely wouldn’t recommend it for the casual hiker. We arrived to the North Kaibab trailhead about 11:30p, threw out a couple cots in the 27 degree parking lot, and got a few hours sleep. The star gazing was phenomenal, like there were just streams of stars above you! 4am we were up and readied ourselves for the trek. After 20 min warming ourselves in the car, we set out on the trail at about 5am. Made our way to all the awesome checkpoints of the beautiful roaring springs, manzanita ranger station, cottonwood campground, ribbon falls, etc. Made it down to Phantom Ranch at 12p and enjoyed our sled prepared lunch at a picnic table. Everyone along the trail was delightful. Enjoyed a couple hours exploring phantom ranch and the edges of the Colorado, before headed back. Started about 2:30p. Didn’t seem like anyone else was headed our direction, for good reason, long way out and up! Stopped in cottonwood for our again self prepared dinner, chatted with some other experienced folks. Seems like once you camp in the Grand Canyon you can’t help but come back. Saw about a dozen people headed down from the north after sunset. We trudged along the path and climbed out, arriving back to trailhead at 1am. It was epic, sights unreal, and unlike any “quick” hike we’d ever done. Definitely wish we could have spent more time!

We did this trail during the fall and it was great. There are a lot of cool trails and views to see in Petit Jean State Park and this goes by many of them. I definitely wouldn't consider this trail hard, there were only a couple small sections that were difficult.

Hiked this trail from Cripple Turkey trailhead to Allison Nov 4-6, 2018. It's a wonderful trail with massive sandstone bluffs rising from creek level. Higher up, the trail travels along the bottom of high bluffs. There are countless beautiful hollows and side creeks. The fall colors were spectacular. On this trip it had rained the day before and rained during our trip, so water was plentiful in the main creek and side streams. The entire trail was clear, well-maintained and not overgrown. The section from Cripple Turkey trail head is less used than the rest of the trail, so it is not as much of an obvious trail in some places.

This is a beautiful trail. I will edit this with track and pics soon.

fantastic in the fall. easy trail. bring a hammock. lots of good spots to enjoy the views. definitely going back with a crashpad.

1 month ago

Beautiful area with plenty of fall colors in early november. Bring accurate navigational aids, some of the way points we had were incorrect and caused some backtracking and head scratching. Lack of blazes are the biggest bummer of this trail, otherwise it was well maintained. Plenty of horse poop. Watch out for the ankle-roller gravel/rocks on the trail. Not much elevation change, could be done in one day if you pushed. We hiked 2.5mi in first night and camped, did 14.5 the next day in around 8 hours. Very enjoyable. Not the easiest trail navigationally, but if you're aware and prepared, you'll have a great time.

Nice 5 mile out and back, within an hour’s drive of east Tulsa. Leaves were just starting to turn in late October. This seems like the only hiking trail open right now, so prepare to share the trail with other hikers. Would definitely go back in spring, or when the longer portion of the trail isn’t closed for hunting.

This was my first trail to backpack and stay over night on! Looking forward to going again. Well marked with great views.

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