Hot Springs, AR / Ouachita Trail
For over 200 years, people have come to Hot Springs, AR to bathe in its legendary healing waters to
relax and treat illnesses. Many people still drink the hot waters, believing them to be theraputic
and delicious. (Note: the Hot Springs no longer run wild and we will soak in them in one of the
What to expect
at the bathhouse)
We will hike almost 50 miles along the
Ouachita National Recreation Trail,
beautiful and seldom
hiked trail that goes between Little Rock, AR and Oklahoma. The trail is inhabited by deer, wild turkeys,
barred owls, hummingbirds, and if we're lucky, bald eagles and bears.
It's still fall in Arkansas and there are remnants of foliage, so why not join us, soak in the hot springs,
see a part of the country few ever see, and get in shape ahead of the holidays?
The Hot Spring Fitpacking Trip will be from Nov 3-11, 2012. Here is the
Our journey will begin at Lake Sylvia in the Ouachita National Forest. We’ll ascend the Flatside Pinnacle
which gives striking views of the Flatside Wilderness that we'll traverse for the next days. From there,
we'll keep hiking Westbound to the Hunt's Loop with views of Hot Springs, on to Ouachita Pinnacle and out to
get shuttled to the Hot Springs.
Much of the terrain on the Ouachita Trail is mellow or flat, but there are sections where contours can be steep.
The most dramatic ascents are about 500'. The daily mileage is under 8 miles, so that will help mitigate some of
Weather is always an important concern when hiking. Expect daytime hiking temperatures to be ideal --
in the 60s and nighttime temperatures in the 30s and 40s. However, be prepared for the possibility of
overnight temperatures as low as the 20s and the possibility or rain or even snow.
View the historic weather
trail name HalfBrew, lives in Savannah, GA and hiked the 2175 mile Appalachian
Trail in 2008 and the 2650 Pacific Crest Trail in 2010. He is an avid outdoorsman who spent several seasons mushing dogs at the
Oregon Trail of Dreams during the winter. He is a WMA certified Wilderness First Responder and
guided Fitpacking trips to Shenandoah, Redwood, Great Smoky Mountains, Cumberland Island, Big Bend, and Hot Springs.
He is co-owner of
Roam the Woods.
And one of the following
lives in Chico, CA and is a Wilderness First Responder. She has guided Fitpacking trips to
- Crater Lake National Park
- Mt. Rushmore National Memorial
- Mt. Rainier National Park
- Redwood National Park
She's a huge optimist who is always ready with a wealth of camp activities.
Krisdin (Threshold) Diehl
lives in Portland, ME and thru-hiked the 2,178 mile Appalachian
Trail in 2009 where she earned her trail name, "Threshold". She served as a Ridge Runner and Leave No Trace Ambassador
with the Maine Appalachian Trail Club in the 100 Miles of Wilderness in 2010 & 2011.
Krisdin is a
SOLO Certified Wilderness First Responder.
and American Heart Association Certified in CPR. She has guided the Florida Trail Fitpacking trip.
She is attempting a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2012.
Here is a
list of equipment
we suggest you bring.
The list is extensive and can seem daunting, but please don't let this deter you
from the trip. You can rent top notch quality gear for reasonable prices from
It may also be possible for us to provide some gear for you at a nominal fee if you let us
know far ahead of the trip. Unfortunately, we're not in the gear business so the selection of
our available inventory is unpredictable. Please feel free to
discuss any gear with us before the trip.
We don't believe in austere eating regimens. Backpacking is a rigorous, rewarding activity.
You must feed your body in order for it perform. Your body will dictate that you eat often, so it's important
to have fuel to feed it. Please check out the
is not comprehensive and may be altered or augmented. If you want to bring personal food, say a 5 pound chocolate cake, go for it.
You'll not only hate carrying it over 40 miles through the wilderness, your body will reject the empty calories and prefer
$1050 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a
room with another participant during the 2 hotel nights. You will also be responsible for
transportation to and from Little Rock, AR (LIT), personal equipment and any restaurant meals
eaten off the trail.
Covered expenses include 2 hotel nights, 7 days of trail meals, ground transportation, fees,
permits, hot springs mineral bath, insurance, satellite phone, and 2 awesome guides.