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    Todd Shelley followed Melissa Waller

    10 months ago

    Todd Shelley saved Butterfield Hiking Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Todd Shelley reviewed Devil's Hall Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Todd Shelley reviewed Eagle Rock Loop

    over 1 year ago

    Todd Shelley completed North Mount Elbert Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Todd Shelley followed Marianne Bassinger

    over 1 year ago

    Todd Shelley completed Eagle Rock Loop

    over 1 year ago

    Todd Shelley followed William Moore

    over 1 year ago

    Todd Shelley completed Neches Bluff Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Todd Shelley reviewed Four C Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Todd Shelley completed Four C Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Todd Shelley reviewed Old Military Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Hiked this trail as part of the Ouachita - Boardstand - Old Military Loop. Good condition overall with only some slight overgrowth and briars on the north side of the mountain just before the Scenic Drive.

    Todd Shelley completed Old Military Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Todd Shelley saved Wild Azalea Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Todd Shelley saved Womble Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Todd Shelley saved Eagle Rock Loop

    over 1 year ago

    Todd Shelley saved Earthquake Ridge Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Todd Shelley saved Choctaw Nation Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Todd Shelley saved Skyline Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Todd Shelley followed Siegfried Ehmke

    over 1 year ago

    Todd Shelley followed Nikki D

    over 1 year ago

    Todd Shelley followed Saran Knight

    over 1 year ago

    Todd Shelley reviewed Boardstand Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Hiked the OT-BST-OMR Loop Trail counterclockwise starting from Talimena State Park on October 7 & 8. Due to my work schedule and the 4 hour drive to the state park, we were unable to hit the trial until 2:15pm. We left the park and hiked the Ouachita Trail portion first because 1) it's the hardest, and 2) I have hiked this section repeatedly and am very familiar with it. We pushed hard but with plenty of stops to take pictures since my hiking buddy had never been on the Ouachita Trail. Reaching the BST junction on the eastern portion of the loop near dark, we pressed eastward down the Ouachita Trail an additional .7 mile (OT mile 9.4) to spend the night at the Rock Garden Shelter. The shelter was a welcome relief since I had worked the night before and was physically and mentally exhausted after being awake for 28 hours. We woke the next morning and after warming ourselves around the fire and consuming a big breakfast we hiked back to the BST junction and dropped into Holson Valley at 8:15am. Never having hiked the BST, I was pleasantly surprised at how different is was from the Ouachita Trail. A soft bed of pine needles covered the trail and the rocks which are an ever-present trip hazard on the OT were much less prevalent. Downhill of course is always faster and we made good time on our descent into the valley. Once down in the valley however the rocky nature of the Ouachita Mountains resurfaced as there are many creek crossings where walking across football to softball sized rocks is required. The creeks were all dry however, and the only concern was sure footing to lessen the risk of a twisted ankle. The trail was very well marked, but with some blazes faded almost to the point of invisibility. I personally like this however. A trail can definitely be over-blazed. At no point did we feel "lost" or have to search for the trail. We met three other backpackers, all hiking solo, as we moved through the valley. Each of them had opted to hike the trail clockwise. To each his own i guess. I prefer getting the hard stuff out of the way while my legs and knees are still fresh. We crossed a dirt forest service road several times and I made a note as to each of their locations so I can cache water/food at these spots on our next trip. As I've mentioned, the creeks were dry and we had to carry all our water. The trail began to become more rocky and overgrown as we continueed our trek back up the mountain on the Old Military Road trail. It is awe-inspiring to realize that this trail, built in 1832 with pick and shovel, once carried wagons and settlers into what was then Indian Territory. The US Army workers who built the road were paid an extra portion of whiskey and 15 cents a day for the backbreaking work of building the road. A humbling experience to so easily walk up the trail that so many worked so hard to create. We crossed the Scenic Drive and began the final return to the State Park, arriving there at 5:45pm. The stretch of trail between the Scenic Drive and the OT is initially very steep and has a very "goat trail" feel to it. Right after crossing a deep gully (with a log across it bearing a white arrow blaze) we happened upon a small camp site that we decided was a waiting point in times of high water in the creek below. The ashes in the campfire were still warm, but we never saw another person in the area. We finished up the trail in almost complete silence, both from exhaustion and from the realization that the trip would soon be over and it would be back to the real world Monday. No matter. I've already planned another trip back to the OT-BST-OMR Loop for next month. It's that good.

    Todd Shelley completed Boardstand Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Todd Shelley reviewed Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Second time to the top of Texas and the journey was once again well worth it. A bit strenuous at times, but the views are amazing.

    Todd Shelley added Billy Creek Loop

    about 2 years ago

    Todd Shelley followed Benjamin Smith

    over 2 years ago

    Todd Shelley completed Devil's Hall Trail

    over 2 years ago