Backpack part of the Buffalo River Trail in north west AR. We'll hike about 16 miles between the Kyle's Landing and Pruitt trail heads over 3 days/2 nights along America's first National River. Outings like this are one way our local Sierra Club group raises money to fund operations. A donation of $10 would be gratefully accepted.
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.
This section of the trail is relatively level, with just one 500' up-and-down at Buzzard Bluff, so it should be fairly easy walking. Map links: West, East
There will be a rendezvous point south of Kansas City for those wishing to share a ride. Note that carpooling is strictly a private arrangement among the participants. The Sierra Club does not have insurance for such arrangements and assumes no liability for them.
• Friday: The group will leave the KC area about 8:30, stop for lunch in Harrison Ark about 12:30, and arrive at the Pruitt trail head about 1:45 PM where I will be waiting. We'll squeeze into as few cars as possible for the 25 minute trip to Kyle's Landing and hike east about 5 miles before setting up camp #1.
• Saturday: We'll hike about 8.5 miles before setting up camp #2.
• Sunday: We'll hike 2-2.5 miles to the Pruitt trail head. We can stop in Jasper for a post-hike feast either before or after retrieving the cars at Kyles, depending on circumstances.
I have not hiked this part of the trail. The hiking & camping plan is subject to change depending on circumstances. Note too that Youth turkey-hunting season will be open so wearing some orange is a good idea.
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.
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/ .