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Backpack the Ozark Highlands Trail - section 4 (Ozone to Lick Branch)

  • Oct 17, 2013 · 8:00 AM

We'll spend 3 nights on the Ozark Highlands Trail in a remote, rugged, and scenic part of Arkansas backpacking between the Lick Branch and Ozone Campground trail heads - the longest section of the OHT.  Participation will be limited to about 6 people.  Get on the waiting list here (preferably) or by email to [masked].  Once you're approved, I'll move you to the YES list.

Outings like this are one way our local Sierra Club group raises money to fund operations.  A donation of $10 would be gratefully accepted.

I haven't been on this section of the OHT before.  There will be two climbs of about 800' and total hiking distance will be about 30 miles so this will not be a casual trip.  Maps 6, 7, & 8: http://www.ouachitamaps.com/OHT.html

We'll have a rendezvous point on the south side of KC and another at the lunch stop in Fayetteville AR to facilitate car-pooling.  The most likely scenario is to drop at least one vehicle at Lick Branch TH and proceed to Ozone TH (about 45 minutes, some gravel road) and hike from east to west.

Sunrise will be about 7:20AM and sunset 6:35PM.  Likely camping areas are Boomer Branch, Arbaugh Road, and Miller Mountain.  This results in daily hikes of about 4, 11, 9.5, and 5.5 miles.  Some camps may not have fire rings or nearby water.

As usual, we'll Leave No Trace (and that means a lot more than just carrying out our trash)

Don't have all the gear for a backpacking trip?  No problem, we have some available for loan to Sierra Club members for use on this outing.

During the sign-in process all participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the Liability Waiver before you choose to participate in an outing, please go to: http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/ .

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  • Michael R

    It rained Friday afternoon into early Saturday morning leaving us all very very damp but it made numerous nice waterfalls.

    October 20, 2013

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