Buffalo River Trail – Beech Creek to Kyle’s Landing

The 4.3 mile stretch between Beech Creek and Kyle’s Landing has been taunting me for a while – too far away for a day hike and too short for a weekend trip, but I finally checked it off the list today.  I can now say I’ve hiked all of the Buffalo River Trail – all three open sections plus parts that aren’t official yet.

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Horse Thief Spring Trail

The Horse Thief Spring Trail is an 8.5 mile loop on the north slope of Winding Stair Mountain in the Oklahoma Ouachitas.  I probably should have been out looking for a house today so I could finally get settled in Arkansas and get my stuff unpacked but the weather was mild and I’ve really been wanting to see this trail.  The last time I tried it, I was forced out by icy roads but that wasn’t a problem today.

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Buffalo River Trail – Kyle’s Landing to Pruitt

I hiked the Kyle’s Landing to Pruitt section of the BRT with a group of Sierra Clubbers from the Kansas City area on a 2-night trip.  Temperatures near 80 and little shade from the still-developing forest canopy made conditions mighty uncomfortable.

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Buffalo River trail building – Spring 2014 progress

Much has happened just east of Tyler Bend in the last month!

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Buffalo River trail building – Spring 2014 kickoff

Construction work on the Buffalo River trail resumed February 7 and I’ve spent a couple weekends working there so far.  Ken Smith established a temporary headquarters near St Joe, Ark and will move to the group campground at Tyler Bend when it opens on March 14.

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Ponca Wilderness – Centerpoint and Goat Trails

I went on a little day hike with a couple other members of the Northwest Arkansas Hiking Group.  We started at the Centerpoint trail head a couple miles north of Ponca, descended to the spur that leads out to Big Bluff and the Goat Trail, then back to the main trail and further down to Granny Henderson’s cabin.  Along the way, we lost about 1200′ of elevation, making for an invigorating hike out.

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Elk River Trail – Elk City Kansas

My third trip on the Elk River Trail (along Elk City Lake and the Elk River near Independence KS) but my first time hiking the whole 15-mile length.  Previously, I had done only the eastern 9.5 mile section.  The weather was sunny and cloudless with overnight lows of 30 and 21.

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Peakbagging Lake Wedington

The Lake Wedington Trail west of Fayetteville has been on my to-do list for a while and now it’s done.  Described in detail in Tim Ernst’s book, the trail runs about 7 miles north into the 16000-acre Wedington Wildlife Management Area from a large parking area on the north side of AR 16 and ends on the north peak of Twin Mountains.

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Ozark Highlands Trail – FR1201 to Wollum Ford, and the end

I planned it as a 3 day trip but I managed it in 2 – hiking from the FR 1201 trail head to the Buffalo River at the Wollum Ford (maps 16 & 17) yesterday and hiking back today – a 26.5 mile round trip.  My arrival at the Buffalo also marked the completion of my first section-hike of the 165-mile Ozark Highlands Trail.  I hiked 5 of the 8 sections this season (since fall 2013) and 6 in the last calendar year.  4 sections were done solo.

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Ozark Highlands Trail – Ben Hur to FR 1201

The target this weekend was the Ozark Highlands Trail from Ben Hur trail head to the FR1201 (aka Stack Rock) trail head – roughly the eastern half of section 7 and western third of section 8 (maps 14-16).  The trail skirts the southern and part of the eastern boundary of the Richland Creek Wilderness.  This area features great scenery and very steep terrain in the Falling Water Creek and Richland Creek watersheds.

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