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on Eagle Rock Loop

backpacking
10 hours 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.

This was our first hike and we really enjoyed it! Great views.

hiking
4 days ago

This trail has several things to see. There is the natural land bridge, the grotto, and some turtle formed rocks. All in all, this trail should be on everyone's bucket list.

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.

This trail was very busy, lots of leashed dogs, but totally worth it and all very courteous hikers.

hiking
6 days ago

The trail was rewarding especially when you get to see a beautiful waterfall. It was a lot of fun!

Very nice, short easy trail. Good alternative to Cedar Falls trail. Very little foot traffic. A few interesting rock formations and nice river streams. A hidden gem at Petit Jean.

Nice trail. Better after a heavy rain.

hiking
10 days ago

The trails are well blazed and cleared for trekkers. During rainy seasons keep in mind the trails are on a incline into a hallow so the paths could be flowing with water.

Very very nice place

hiking
12 days ago

Absolutely stunning , crisp morning air a perfect day for hiking Nov. 3 2018

Was definitely a good workout. Brought my two dogs as well and they seemed to enjoy it.

on Eagle Rock Loop

backpacking
15 days ago

We hiked the entire loop starting at 2pm on 10/25 thru 5pm on 10/28. We started the trail at Winding Stairs and went counter-clockwise. Amazing trail with plenty of fall colors this time of year! Day 1 we did about 4 miles which was a great start. One hill at the beginning and then relatively flat for the remainder of the day. Day 2 we hiked about 8 miles which put us right before the start of where you do a number of climb and decent areas. Day 3 we did about 7 miles. A tough 7 miles this is the part of the trail that makes it rated "hard". We stayed at the top of Bush Master after a tough hike up to the top. Day 4 we hiked 9 miles and finished the trail with a mostly downhill hike with some up and down.

There are many campsites along all sections of the trail, so we never worried about having a place to stop. With that said we planned to land at a campsite about 1 1/2 hours before sunset to setup and have dinner before dark.

There was a lot of water on this trail. I lost count but there were probably 20 water crossings. On all but maybe 5 you could cross without getting your shoes wet. On 5 the water was about knee deep and we crossed using water shoes. I imagine the water level varies based on rainfall and time of year.

There was no cell coverage on the trail with the exception of the top of hurricane knob and the top of brush heap mountain and even there it was spotty.

One of the top hikes I have done. The terrain, type of trees, rivers, bluffs, meadows and valleys varied substantially throughout the park. All was scenic.

Highly recommend!

Very nice trail. Easy to access and a nice short challenging hike.

backpacking
17 days ago

We did the entire loop 10/26 thru 10/28. It’s a vigorous trail so fitness is important. Water was everywhere so didn’t need to carry much more than what I could drink in 60-90 minutes of activity. No cell service other than on the top of Brush Heap mountain but it’s a task to get there. Awesome experience with incredible views, particularly in the Winding Stairs area. Water was about 50 degrees and was a great refresher on the feet.

Great hike close to home.

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful trail! There is a bridge out so plan on getting your feet wet if you want to do the whole loop.

backpacking
19 days ago

I hiked the loop on 10/21 and 10/22/2018 and was very impressed with its scenic beauty and difficulty. Make sure you are in decent shape, especially for the descents on the Athens Big Fork Trail. No need to carry much water. If you get thirsty just bend over and fill your bottle. Some of the best tasting water I’ve ever had. I didn’t bother with water shoes, the crossings are far too numerous. Changing shoes before and after each crossing is just not feasible in my opinion. I hiked with wet trail runners and medium weight wool socks and had no problem with blisters.
There is zero cell service on the trail. Also, some of the mountain roads to the trailheads are paved with hatchets and knives. Flat tires are very common so be prepared.
I’d give this trail 5 stars but then how would I rate the JMT?

Great little trail right in the city! We started on the trailhead in the middle of a neighborhood which seemed kind of weird but it ended up being a great hike. We’ll definitely do this one again.

backpacking
20 days ago

Nice solo hike. Can be tough if you are not in shape. Campsites could use to have trash picked up. But all in all an awesome trail with amazing views. Also look for several natural springs. I saw 4 this trip.

The trail offers 4 scenic hollows that make up for the 3 missing ones. Highlights include ‘Natural Bridge’ and ‘Grotto’. Terrain is variable: groomed/rough, dry/wet, level/steep with lots of natural rocks integrated into the trail. The creek was flowing freely with large rocks well placed to cross over. Poles are helpful to navigate unsteady/steep surfaces. Overall, a wonderful hike.

hiking
23 days ago

There’s nothing particularly special about this trail, but it is a decent trail. The coolest and most unique thing to me was that this trail goes through town and then back into the woods. This trail is way more about the challenging terrain and distance than anything else. We felt highly accomplished that we completed a trail of this distance and it was certainly exhausting. The trail is very rocky in many parts so it can slow progress. There are also many steep climbs. This combined with the distance is what rightfully gives it a ‘hard’ rating. Be sure to have plenty of water, good footwear, and a compass. The trail is mostly easy to follow, but there were a few spots where the trail wasn’t marked properly and we had to check the map/compass to make sure we were going in the right direction. Overall, there are probably more scenic trails in AR, but this one was also conveniently close to town and our camp.

Will definitely be back to do this trail again

hiking
26 days ago

Cedar Creek Trail self guiding trail. very nice easy trail to walk along multiple small water falls and 2 bridge crossings. Me, my wife and daughter and 3 dogs walked this Oct 20th. nice day.

Nice loop, not too difficult. Great scenery and creek along majority of the trail with multiple crossings. Grotto and Natural bridge are nice to see.

hiking
26 days ago

I have been hiking ERL since 2013 and I have hiked it 10 times since then. It offers such great scenery and great places to camp. I have always wanted some ERL trail merchandise but could find any. So, I decided to design some myself. If your interested in an Eagle Rock Loop tee shirt or window sticker go to https://teespring.com/stores/eagle-rock-loop

backpacking
27 days ago

I first completed the loop in May of 2010. I have completed it 13 times since. One of my favorite hikes!

hiking
27 days ago

This trail lives up to the hype of being one of the most challenging trails in Arkansas. It is poorly marked at time making it to decipher it from the other trails in the area. Have a good trail map downloaded on a reliable hiking app. We used all trails and gut hooks. The is no cell reception in this area (especially sprint). There are plenty of water sources and camping spots with amazing views. There had to be 70 water crossings, only 6 require you to get you feet wet. Started at the Mine Creek rd Trail Head and hiked it counted clock wise. Allow 4 days so you can take your time and enjoy all the amazing views. Great trail, could be a knee wrecker so be ready

my first hiking trip ever. I wanted to stop it was hot but made it to the top. well worth the trip. will return for sure

we went in the evening, trail had very few people on it. it was a beautiful sight. can't wait to return to stay at the lodge and adventure out on more trails.

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