Announcing a new Meetup for Metroplex Atheists Meetup Group! What
: Ouachita Trail Arkansas Backpacking Trip When
: Saturday, December 4,[masked]:00 AM Where
: (A location has not been chosen yet.)
This will be the last of two short backpacking trips I have planned on the Ouachita Trail. The one day distance will be about six (4.9) miles with a six (5.9) mile return trip the following day. I will be driving out from DFW on Friday the 19th of November to Hwy 27 (OT mile 121.7) http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=116922332786355819720.00049220d94c93029f68f&z=19
Look for the parking area. That night I will hike about one mile East to John Archer Shelter (OT 122.6) and camp for the night. The whole Ouachita Trail is marked in blue blaze so finding your way should be easy. On Saturday 20 Nov morning at 9:00 a.m. we will hike East from John Archer Shelter to Bill Potter Shelter (OT mile 127.5). Depending on the progress of the group, we may have a lot of time on Saturday so dress warm. On Sunday morning we will hike back. There is a shelter at our camp site Saturday night. I don't recommend using the shelters as they are cold and hard.
Be prepared for the weather. I will not be canceling the trip due to foul weather (I like it). Bill Potter Shelter has no water. The nearest water is 1.3 miles East at Irons Fork Creek. You will have to treat the water of course. Take a minimum of four liters of water. Good footwear, a warm sleeping bag, some kind of minimal shelter, rain gear, and water are all a must.
A trail map can be seen here: http://www.friendsot.org/about_the_trail
If you are thinking that this trip is not enough for your taste, I routinely plan longer trips. These short trips, I plan with the beginner in mind. If you are interested in longer trips, come on this one and let?s get acquainted.
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