Guides for this trip
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Saturday, October 28, 2017
Fly or drive into Little Rock (LIT). The best arrival time is between 12PM - 3PM, but if you can save a significant amount of
money by arriving a little before or after, you should do so.
Take free airport shuttle to Comfort Inn & Suites Airport (AR099), 4301 East Roosevelt Rd., Little Rock, AR, 72206, (501) 376-2466
Equipment shakedown. We go through your pack and examine everything you brought.
Ozark Outdoor Supply
5514 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, AR to pick up any equipment participants forgot or still need. Open until 6PM
Trail mix distribution
"Before" body composition measurements taken
Go out for opening dinner, review trip orientation. Dinner not included in trip cost.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Second set of "before" measurements taken
All the items that you won't bring on the trail will be set aside and put in storage.
Free hotel breakfast
Shuttle to Route 298, elevation 800'
Begin hiking at Route 298, elevation 800'
There is no reliable water at Blue Mountain Shelter, so carry 8 liters today.
Hike 4.4 miles to Blue Mountain Shelter, elevation 1500'
Camp at Blue Mountain Shelter, elevation 1500'
Miles today: 4.4. Total miles: 4.4
Possible bailout: Route 298
Monday, October 30, 2017
Hike 4.6 miles to Ouachita Pinnacle, highest point on the hike with great views, elevation 2000'
Hike 3.0 miles to Big Bear Shelter, elevation 1300'
Camp at Big Bear Shelter, elevation 1300'
Miles today: 7.6. Total miles: 12.0
Possible bailout: Forest Road 107
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Hike 7.6 miles to Moonshine Shelter, elevation 1400'
Camp at Moonshine Shelter, elevation 1400'
Miles today: 7.6. Total miles: 19.6
Possible bailout: Forest Road 122 or Route 7
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Hike 2.0 miles to Route 7, the only paved road we'll pass, elevation 1000'
Hike 5.0 miles to Sugar Creek, elevation 1050'
Fill water here as there will be no water at tonight's shelter.
Hike 2.0 miles to Oak Mountain Shelter, elevation 1750'
Camp at Oak Mountain Shelter, elevation 1750'
Miles today: 9.0. Total miles: 28.6
Possible bailout: Highway 7
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Hike 1.4 miles to the Flatside Wilderness, elevation 1600'
Hike 6.2 miles to Crystal Prong, elevation 1200'
Dispersed camp near Crystal Prong practicing Leave No Trace, elevation 1200'
Miles today: 7.6. Total miles: 36.2
Possible bailout: Forest Road 132
Friday, November 3, 2017
Hike 4,2 miles to the Flatside Pinnacle and Flatside Wilderness, elevation 1500’
Great views of Forked Mountain from Flatside Pinnacle
Hike 3.3 miles to Brown Creek Shelter, elevation 950'
There is no water at the shelter. The next water is 0.6 miles further at Brown Creek
Camp at Brown Creek Shelter, elevation 950'
Miles today: 7.5. Total miles: 43.7
Possible bailout: Forest Road 805 or 94
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Hike 4.9 miles to Lake Sylvia, Route 324, elevation 800'
End of hiking
The shuttle comes to pick us up
Go for a mineral bath at
Quapaw Historic Bathhouse,
for a relaxing soak in the communal bath area (included). Other services such as massage and private baths available at
your own expense.
Shuttle to Comfort Inn & Suites Airport (AR099), 4301 East Roosevelt Rd., Little Rock, AR, 72206, (501) 376-2466
"After" measurements taken
Dinner and awards Ceremony (Dinner cost not included in trip price)
This is the official end of the trip. You are welcome to spend the night at
the hotel, however if you drove and would like to get on the road or if you flew
and would like to schedule a late flight (or a red-eye if
this is a West Coast trip) you can definitely do so.
Sunday, November 5, 2017
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Free breakfast in Hotel
Free Airport Shuttle