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West Cobb, Arkansas Map

On July 28, 2018, I drove to the trail. The trail head Was not located at the point to which AllTrails brought me. I found it about a half mile down the road. Great! After a fairly steep to send it down to a creek bed (about .3 mile), I lost the trail. The OHT? It must have been me. After looking for about 20–30 minutes, I decided to head back. I came across a rattlesnake that was a little testy about my presence. Even though my hike was aborted, the trail gets one star because I saw my first rattlesnake in the wild. Plus, a trail familiar to me, Spyrock, was nearby and provided a suitable adventure.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

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.

The trailhead was a little hard to find, but I trusted the description I'd read and gamely crossed the road. It's there - hidden among the trees. It takes you rather steeply UP, but it's not bad, and this ends up being the most challenging part of the trail - the rest of which is flat and quite easy. Note that this spur is not in Ernst's OHT book, as it didn't exist at the time of publication. The mile markers vary a bit from Ernst's description as well due to the addition of the Lake Fort Smith portion of the trail.

The trail doesn't have a great deal of "WOW," with a notable exception - the Marinoni Scenic Area. It's absolutely beautiful when the creek is running! I'm certain it's rather nice if the creek is dry, but I can't imagine it's the same. I was told that leaf-off reveals some wonderful views into the Mulberry River Valley from the trail. There's also a neat bit of trail that takes you through a sort of "mini-canyon," and the Lick Branch trrailhead is quite pretty as well.

There are a few nice campsites along the trail should you want to spend more time there, or if you're planning your stops as you thru-hike the trail.

Wildflowers were abundant, as was wildlife - at one point I scared up a wild turkey! Poison Ivy is also abundant, but I managed to emerge unscathed.

I explored a little of this section of the OHT after some heavy rain. Murray and Senyard Falls were both roaring, though I couldn't get very close to Senyard, as crossing the creek was not an option. I popped over to the Rock House (opposite direction from Hare Mtn) - that's a must-see. The rest of the trail was wall-to-wall waterfalls! All those little streams were wet crossings, and the trail is a streambed much of the time. I was completely drenched after just a few miles, but utterly delighted. I wish I'd been up for a longer hike, as the views from Hare Mtn are reportedly spectacular. I'll be back!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017