DISTANCE
11.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1541 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wildlife

bugs

backpacking
9 months ago

Trail Rating: 3/5. The trail was ok, not a lot of views and not real interesting, but also not real challenging. The one good vista was at the very end. It's a nice trail, but I usually hike in the Ouachitas, and I prefer those trails over this one.

Trail Rating in early September: 1/5. SPIDERS AND BUGS EVERYWHERE! And poison ivy. Spent 9 of the 12 miles we hiked on the trail waving a stick in front of us to knock down the incredible number of spiderwebs. That all said, this was just a lousy time to go on the trail, it's not the trail's fault. We knew going in it hadn't been maintained in a while, but we'd had ok experiences with other trails this time of year and figured it'd be fine. We were wrong.

The road walk back: About halfway along the trail you cross NF Road 1531 and coming back we decided to walk up that instead of deal with the spiders, it was totally worth it. We actually found a better vista off the road and wandered past some cool ranches, and even saw where an old homestead used to be in a random field.