AR-369, Langley, AR
Easter weekend is a three day weekend for some, so a good time to do ERL, while it’s still cool.
The trip is two nights over 2 days of hiking, 27 miles over a lot of ridges and wet creek/river crossings. It's about 5 hours from dfw
You should have prior overnight backpacking experience and know how to pack for a trip this length. (You should keep your total pack weight around or under 30 lbs) There is plenty of water to filter on the trail, so you don’t Have to carry a lot. I have a filter. You should bring purification tablets, since filters can fail, freeze or you lose the connection. Some people have done this as their first trip and enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t recommend it. If you bring too much, not enough or you can’t handle the physical aspects, you may be miserable. And no one wants that.
I prefer we hike as a group or groups and stay together. The trail is well marked, but there are forks and you can take the wrong fork. Hiking together prevents anyone from getting lost alone or injured and left behind.
I copied Scott’s trip from last March and there is a link for the maps of the area. I’d recommend you print and bring with. I cut and pasted them into one map and then had it laminated at an office store for about $6.
No pets. The trail is rocky, which is known to cut paws and there are river crossings.
As it mentions below LOCKING trekking poles are highly recommend. As well as water shoes for the wet crossings.
Please do not sign up unless you are serious and intent on going. If there is a wait list it’s not fair to others if you are not serious and people usually want to carpool there.
I may send out an email for you to confirm a week or two prior, so please please take a look at the following from Meetup:
double check the mail settings in your email handler to see if it's somehow blocking Meetup email. First, check out the email controls to see if Meetup email is being blocked. Definitely make sure to add info @ meetup.com (without the spaces) to your Address book.
Scott's Post:(Thanks Scott. Great Trip)
OK trekkers here's the trip. Arrive Friday and hit the trail by 1pm hike (3 hours) over the 1st mountain and make camp. Saturday hike over the remaining 5 mountains and make our way to the Winding Stairs campground. Sunday hike the remaining 10 miles back to Little Missouri fall's (5 hours). This is a backpack trip you will need to carry everything with you. Trekking poles are a good idea on this loop.
This is an excellent weekend loop hike that has a good combination of easy, moderate, and difficult trails. There are many trail access points but I like to start at the Little Missouri Falls. The loop combines the Little Missouri Trail, Viles Branch Trail, and the Athens-Big Fork Trail.
Very easy deep woods hiking but be prepared for some wet crossings of the creek.
The Athens-Big Fork Trail is the one that makes this hike a challenge. It follows an old mail route and is very, very steep. The trail climbs up and over 6 different mountains in its 8 miles of the loop. These climbs and descents are very brutal and the summer heat and humidity could be very dangerous for those not in good shape. If you can make the climbs there are some spectacular views for you.
All of the trails have plenty of access to water if you can filter it yourself.
OK here's my disclaimer: By signing up for this trip you are taking full responsibility for your own actions and will hold harmless event organizer for any injury or death. This event is covering very uneven and loose ground with many hazards along the way. You also realize that dangerous and deadly flash flooding have been know to happen in this area. Wildlife is unpredictable so don't pet the snakes and don't hook up with Bigfoot.