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Eagle Rock Loop Backpacking trip 27 mile loop

OK trekkers here's the trip. Arrive Friday and hit the trail by 2pm 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.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5160782.pdf

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.

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  • Carlos

    Great people, good workout, and very nice views. (bring water shoes)

    November 27, 2012

  • Scott

    Yes and remember, we have a no kill policy when it comes to Bigfoot.

    November 26, 2012

  • kaustubh

    Thanks Scott for leading this one , the sure signs we saw for the increased Sasquatch activity in the area is good for chances of sightings for the upcoming trips and overall Sasquatch research. Imagine how much money we would make from the pictures we take of the elusive primate.

    November 26, 2012

  • Trinh

    It was great meeting all of you.

    1 · November 25, 2012

    • Scott

      No rain=no tent

      November 22, 2012

    • Gabriel

      Hi Scott. Man, I did not want to miss this one but I must. I have a light injure in a leg, and there is a chance I will be holding back the gang if I go. So I must pass this one. I'll try to join you guys next time. Enjoy!!!

      November 22, 2012

  • Scott

    here is a map to the falls http://www.ouachitaadventures.com/Trails/EagleRockLoop/MapEagleRockLoop/eaglerock.JPG The lows will be 28-30 degrees at night and perfect during the day. For the new members going on this adventure be warned we sometimes have a few drinks at night...lol

    November 21, 2012

  • Carlos

    Is anyone interested in carpooling and sharing the cost of gas? I drive a 4runner with plenty of space.

    November 19, 2012

    • Chris F

      How many can you fit?

      November 21, 2012

    • Carlos

      I'm thinking four total plus gear.

      November 21, 2012

  • Trinh

    A few friends and I are heading out from the Little Missouri Falls trailhead going to Winding Stair on Saturday(due to Black Friday and they need to get gear). Hope to join you at the campsite if that's okay.

    November 21, 2012

    • Scott

      Sweet.

      November 21, 2012

  • Dan_B

    Scott
    I am planning on doing the Friday hike and camp but
    heading back Sat. morning. Hope this is ok ?
    Dan

    November 20, 2012

  • Scott

    Greetings Eagle Rock Looper's, Keep in mind its about a 5+ hours to get to the trail head from Dallas. We are racing the sun to make the first nights camp before dark. Try not to be late, we can't wait at the trail head all day. If you are backing out change your status asap. I will check the meetup website mid-morning on Friday before I'm out of cell phone range to see who's bailed out. Please change your status so I won't be looking for you on the trail. OK who all is bring water filters? we will need at least 3.

    Peace Out
    Scott

    November 19, 2012

    • Scott

      I've got mine too. Water filters check!

      November 20, 2012

    • Deva

      Scott, you need a bigfoot detecting device also!!!

      November 20, 2012

  • kaustubh

    Scott can you post a google maps direction to the trailhead, in case e are late.

    November 20, 2012

  • Deva

    And also, that bigfoot is not helping! I may just resort to Tom's day hike at Eagle Mountain!

    November 7, 2012

    • Scott

      LOL...Bigfoot does not want you...lol. The trip is a challenge but it is a great reward once you finish. Day two is the hard one, we do stop and take snack and lunch breaks along the way. I hope you can make it.

      1 · November 9, 2012

    • Deva

      I would love to do this but have family members in town for Thanksgiving...will have to pass this...looking forward to the next trip....

      November 14, 2012

  • Deva

    Scott,

    Your disclaimer is scary...not sure if I'll survive this trip, if I choose to do it...I am in the middle of an important project and a teaching semester...would really like to come back alive...!

    November 7, 2012

  • Trinh

    I just finished this loop today. I will attach a photo. It's beautiful. Trekking poles and packing light are highly recommended.

    November 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any knowledgeable folks have something to share on the fall foliage to expect from prior experiences? It might just be the clinching factor for me and the interwebs isn't being of much help

    November 3, 2012

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