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A bit rough on the ascent as this portion of the Ouachita Trail goes up 541 ft. at a pretty steep incline. Great to get the heart pumping. It probably should be noted as hard, outstanding views on the way up, if you go all the way to the two peaks you can get 360 degree views in the winter. There are other easier trails that lead away from Winding Stair National Recreation Area, this one is good to get the heart rate up.

hiking
1 month ago

Marked well, trail is easy, and beautiful during the leaf change.

great trail in the fall. very place. gorgeous campgrounds

hiking
1 month ago

We camped in the Cedar Lake area in late October over a weekend and did this trail on Saturday. Although the park itself was packed, the trail was pretty empty. Beautiful views throughout the trail, varying terrain but not strenuous. About three miles total overall. We crossed several little bridges and passed several spots with access to the lake. A small part of the trail was a nature trail with informational signs about wildlife and plantlife in the area.

backpacking
2 months ago

Husband and I did this loop with another couple back in November 2016 as an overnight. We started from Hwy 1 and went counter clockwise, which I highly suggest, setting up camp at Cedar Lake. We didn't have any problems with trail markers as others have described, except for one spot on Snake Mountain in the tall grass/briars. Thankfully another couple were coming through in the opposite direction to lead us back to the trail. We hadn't veered very far from it, though. Completely agree with everyone about water. If it hadn't been for the water access at the camp grounds we wouldn't have had enough water for the hike out. It was an unusually warm fall with very little rainfall, so there was no water to be found on the trail. If scenic vistas with horizon views that stretch for miles is what you are looking for, you may be disappointed with this trail, but the pine forests and rock gardens are beautiful by their own right and make this strenuous hike well worth the effort.

hiking
5 months ago

backpacking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

backpacking
9 months ago

My husband and I hiked this trail this past weekend. Trail was a litle difficult at times, but I work at a desk all week so I'm not in shape by any means. We went counter clockwise. It was fun for a weekend hike and had some really pretty views. Would recommend the scenic route for the best views and place to camp. Also to go clockwise so you can camp on the scenic part and wake up with that view.

backpacking
9 months ago

As many others have said, the trail is not marked very well, so bring a map and some luck. When I did the trail in early fall, we encountered no water the entire way though, so pack plenty. As far as scenery, there are more scenic trails a few hours away. However, this trail is good if you are looking for a loop you can do in 1.5 days or a single day if you start early.

backpacking
9 months ago

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