Earthquake Ridge Trail

MODERATE 22 reviews
#10 of 23 trails in

Earthquake Ridge Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mena, Arkansas that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
633 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

road biking

trail running

forest

views

rocky

Earthquake Ridge Trail Loop provides a steep climb, parallel to the Talimena Scenic Drive. Beginner riders may find themselves pushing their bikes for short sections of the steeper climbs. More experienced riders can test their climbing skills on the ascending tight switchbacks. After crossing the highway at the top, a descent back to the lower highway crossing provides time to catch your breath. You can either cross the highway and return to the VIC or continue on to the Southern Loop. The Southern Loop descends with lots of mild turns over varied terrain. This is the newest addition to the trails and provides excellent views of dogwoods in bloom in the spring. A short steep climb out and you have just a short ride back to the VIC. From the VIC you can then take the Fern Loop. A fast trail through the narrowly placed trees to some very tight descending switchbacks and then down to the creek bed. You can then return back to the VIC by way of the gradual ascent over a rocky section or cross over to the Carriage Loop and the Settler Loop by way of a short gradual climb out of the Fern Canyon. The Carriage Loop and Settler Loop provides fairly flat trail with tight and twisty singletrack. This is the easiest section of trail. Beginners may want to ride this section first. Built in what used to be an orchard, it is now regrown with large pine trees. The fairly flat terrain covered with pine needles provides a pleasant ride, and eventually ties into the Earthquake Ridge Trail Loop.

hiking
11 days ago

mountain biking
18 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely love this trail. I can’t wait to finish it.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

We started at 830 am the morning after a light rain. We would suggest long pants and a walking stick to catch the spider and worm webs. Crickets and a few song birds made the trail pass quickly.

hiking
3 months ago

5 months ago

6 months ago

6 months ago

A nice walk through the woods.

6 months ago

hiking
Friday, October 14, 2016

mountain biking
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

mountain bikes this trail a few years ago. Some difficult climbs, but beautiful scenery!

hiking
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

This one had some nice views and wasn't too tough.

hiking
Sunday, May 24, 2015

trail running
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

This trail was fantastic! besides having a few highway crossings it was absolutely beautiful. The trail is extremely rocky and in some areas extremely rooty so be sure that you aren't prone to twisted ankles, and if you are have good footwear. If you're on a bicycle, which my boyfriend was, you may prefer a dual suspension. The trail drops into a gorge then climbs out and drops into another gorge with a gorgeous creek crossing, there is some moss growing on the trail near the creek. Once you make your way out of the creek bed you traverse on the mountain side and during the spring there are some area where the trees thing enough to offer spectacular views! Know that this trail connects with the Rich Mountain trail which is marked with yellow instead of white, its a wise idea not to take that trail unless you intend to add several miles to you adventure.

Friday, April 24, 2015

hiking
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

This trail had some great photo opportunities for autumn photos. Ultimately it was a rather plain hike. It was It wasn't too strenuous for the most part, but there were a couple steep portions. One major downside is that completing the trail requires crossing Highway 88 on foot (with no crosswalk or pedestrian warning) at two separate points.

hiking
Wednesday, April 02, 2014

we did it again today. Let me tell you it is a tough one. some parts youre going straight up. completed the whole system in 1 hour and 20 minutes.

hiking
Monday, March 31, 2014

We did this one for the first time today. I loved it but it was grueling. the first time ive hiked almost 7 consecutive miles.
Bring your A game

hiking
Monday, March 31, 2014

This was our first trail trek this season. I LOVE it!! We hike it 2 sometimes 3 times a week. We've also got our time down to 28 minutes to finish!!
With this trail you don't only get a great workout but beautiful views. There is also a great up hill and down hill variance.
Highly recommended