Guides for this trip
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Saturday, October 31, 2015
Fly or drive into Little Rock (LIT). The best arrival time is between 12PM - 3PM, but if you can save a significant amount of
money by arriving a little before or after, you should do so.
Take free airport shuttle to Comfort Inn & Suites Airport (AR099), 4301 East Roosevelt Rd., Little Rock, AR, 72206, (501) 376-2466
Equipment shakedown. We go through your pack and examine everything you brought.
Ozark Outdoor Supply
5514 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, AR to pick up any equipment participants forgot or still need. Open until 6PM
Trail mix distribution
"Before" body composition measurements taken
Go out for opening dinner, review trip orientation. Dinner not included in trip cost.
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Second set of "before" measurements taken
All the items that you won't bring on the trail will be set aside and put in storage.
Go out for breakfast or hotel breakfast
Shuttle to Route 298, elevation 800'
Begin hiking at Route 298, elevation 800'
Hike 4.8 miles to Big Branch Shelter Spur
Hike 0.5 downhill miles to Big Branch Shelter
Camp at Big Branch Shelter, elevation 800'
Miles today: 5.3. Total miles: 5.3
Possible bailout: Route 119 or Route 298
Monday, November 2, 2015
Hike 0.5 uphill miles back to the Ouachita Trail
Hike 5.2 miles to Irons Fork
Hike 1.3 miles to the Potter Shelter Spur Trail
Hike 0.5 miles dowhill almost 500' to Uncle Bill Potter Shelter
Camp at Uncle Bill Potter Shelter, elevation 850’
Miles today: 7.5. Total miles: 12.8
Possible bailout: Forest Road 78
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
There is no water along the trail today or at the shelter tonight, so fill up all 2 gallons of the containers
and prepare to dry camp tonight. Though heavy, the mileage today is short.
Hike 0.5 steep uphill miles back to the Ouachita Trail
Hike 4.8 miles to the John Archer Shelter, elevation 1200'
Camp at John Archer Shelter, elevation 1200'
Miles today: 5.3. Total miles: 18.1
Possible bailout: Highway 27
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Tonight we will wilderness camp at a dry site, so we'll have to carry water up from Chalybeate Spring
Hike 0.9 miles to Highway 27
Hike 5.0 miles to Story Creek (Chalybeate Spring), elevation 950'
Fill water here as there will be no water tonight.
Hike 2.6 miles to Chalybeate Mountain near the intersection of the Round Top Trail, elevation 1350'
Dispersed camp at Chalybeate Mountain practicing Leave No Trace, elevation 1350'
Miles today: 8.5. Total miles: 26.6
Possible bailout: Highway 27
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Today we will summit "Suck Mountain", which actually doesn't suck at all.
Hike 5.4 miles to the summit of Suck Mountain, elevation 1450'
Hike 3.2 long, straight downhill miles to Harris Creek
Cross Harris Creek on a concrete bridge and turn left into the woods before Rainy Creek.
Camp 100 yards in at a big flat near a large Cedar Tree next to Harris Creek, elevation 900'
Miles today: 8.6. Total miles: 35.2
Possible bailout: Forest Road 88
Friday, November 6, 2015
Get an early start today
Hike 4.5 miles to Fiddler's Creek
Get water here. This is the last water source for the rest of the trip.
Hike 0.2 steep uphill miles to the Fiddler Creek Shelter. Have lunch here.
Hike 4.0 uphill miles to Blowout Mountain, elevation 1500'
Hike 2.0 miles to Highway 270, elevation 850'
Hike 0.3 miles to Big Brushy Campground, elevation 850'
End of hiking
Camp at Big Brushy Campground which has big flat areas, picnic tables, and fire grates.
The campground used to be a frontcountry car campground, but the car camping portion
is now closed.
Miles today: 11.0. Total miles: 46.2
Possible bailout: Forest Road 274
Saturday, November 7, 2015
The shuttle comes to pick us up
Go for a mineral bath at
Quapaw Historic Bathhouse,
for a relaxing soak in the main bath area (included). Other services such as massage and private baths available at
your own expense.
Shuttle to Comfort Inn & Suites Airport (AR099), 4301 East Roosevelt Rd., Little Rock, AR, 72206, (501) 376-2466
"After" measurements taken
Dinner and awards Ceremony (Dinner cost not included in trip price)
This is the official end of the trip. You are welcome to spend the night at
the hotel, however if you drove and would like to get on the road or if you flew
and would like to schedule a late flight (or a red-eye if
this is a West Coast trip) you can definitely do so.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
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Free breakfast in Hotel
Check out of Hotel
Take Free Airport Shuttle