Backpack Buffalo River Trail - Boxley to Steel Creek Campground (NW Ark)

  • Nov 15, 2013 · 8:00 AM

A fairly casual trip on the Buffalo River Trail - from Boxley to the Steel Creek Campground (12.6 miles).  We can add a day hike to Lost Valley or Hawksbill Crag on Sunday, time permitting.

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.

There will be a rendezvous point south of Kansas City for those wishing to share a ride, and another in Ponca AR from which we will set up our shuttle car(s) at Steel Creek before heading to the Boxley trail head.

A rough plan for Friday:
08:00  Depart South KC rendezvous
12:00  Arrive in Harrison Ark
13:00  Depart Harrison
13:40  Arrive in Ponca
14:30  Arrive at Boxley trail head
16:00  Arrive at camp #1

I anticipate hiking about 3 miles Friday, 7.5 on Saturday, and the remaining 2+ miles on Sunday.  There may not be water available near the camps so be equipped to carry 3-4 liters.  There may not be fire rings in our camp areas therefore no camp fire in those cases.

We will be in an area open to deer hunting so wearing some bright orange is highly recommended.

As usual, we'll Leave No Trace (and that means a lot more than just carrying out our trash).  If you don't agree, don't sign-up.

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.

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  • Michael R

    Here's the book I was talking about on the trip:

    November 22, 2013

  • John M.

    I thought of you all as we had the high winds today and cold and rain half of yesterday. .....hope to meet up later.

    November 17, 2013

  • Michael R

    The weather was much nicer than expected - only 20 minutes of light rain Sat afternoon, and awoke Sunday with a temp of 67 degrees! Some great scenery even if it wasn't the peak of autumn color. We didn't see elk but heard one bugling.

    November 17, 2013

  • Melissa H.

    Great! Pileated Woodpeckers; Elk bugling; snakes; leaves floating in the wind. All beautiful sites.

    November 17, 2013

  • John M.

    Hi all: I'm having some leg pain and at this point not sure I can make the hike. So I am taking myself off for now to allow others to get in. If I feel I'm up for it by Thursday, if still a spot, I may attend.... have a great time! John

    November 11, 2013

  • Anne

    Mike, you forgot to tell us what to order for lunch when we stop at coordinates[masked], [masked]

    November 5, 2013

    • Michael R

      I highly recommend the double chocolate chip cookies. I think they have sandwiches too.

      1 · November 11, 2013

  • Tim O.

    My plans have changed, I need to be out of town for work on the 15th.....bummer!! Enjoy the adventure and catch you next time.

    November 10, 2013

  • Melissa H.

    Is there a description for the trip? Miles/day, etc.

    October 30, 2013

  • Lisa R.

    Hi Michael- This is exactly the type of trip I'd love to do. Unfortunately from here to the end of the year I'll be in my busy season for work so I won't be doing many fun activities. I hope you'll do another trip like this in the spring. Have fun and I hope you and Arkansas are getting along well!

    1 · September 21, 2013

    • Michael R

      ...and yes, I'll be doing another part of the BRT in the spring.

      1 · September 24, 2013

    • Lisa R.

      Haha! Yes, work is a necessary evil in order to continue doing fun things that ironically also gets in the way of doing fun things. Looking forward to seeing what else you are going to schedule.

      September 24, 2013

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