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Backpack the Buffalo River Trail - Kyle's Landing to Pruitt (NW Ark)

  • Apr 11, 2014 · 8:30 AM

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.

The plan:

• 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/ .



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  • Eileen M.

    Beautiful scenery all along the Buffalo River! Enjoyed walking and talking with everyone! Thanks to Michael and Tim for leading this great outing!

    April 15, 2014

  • Michael R

    The temperatures near 80 were unpleasant but the scenery and company made up for it.

    April 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The backpacking was greatly planned and executed. Nice and quick changes in plans were made depending on the circumstances. I got to learn a lot and everyone was awesome and always watching out for the others.

    April 14, 2014

  • Tim C.

    Paul Gross sent out this link on ticks to the beginning backpacking class. I thought it was about the best info I've seen on ticks (there's a lot of misinformation out there) so wanted to share it. As the weather has warmed considerably, we will no doubt be encountering a few ticks on our Buffalo River adventure. http://www.uptodate.com/contents/what-to-do-after-a-tick-bite-to-prevent-lyme-disease-beyond-the-basics

    March 31, 2014

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