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Beech Creek Trail System

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Beech Creek Trail System

Post by ar.hiker on Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:21 pm

This is a series of interconnecting loop trails with up to 32.5 mi. possible. I've been looking at this area for a while, it is in OK just across the AR/OK border, south of OK Hwy 63, not too far from Mena. Doesn't sound like it gets a lot of use and some of it is pretty rough, sounds like an interesting possibility to me. Anybody interested in an exploratory trip, maybe the end of March?

Here's some info:

http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/ouachita/maps/documents/TR-32_Beach_Creek_Trail_System.pdf

http://www.ouachitamaps.com/Beech%20Creek.html
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Post by Trail Monkey on Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:38 pm

Might be up for it.. but I don't know about work.. will just have to see Ar... any idea of how the creek crossings will be.. Deep or Shallow?
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Post by ar.hiker on Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:04 pm

Hopefully, I'll get a chance to ease over there and do some scouting in the next couple of weeks. I haven't even looked at the topos of the area real close yet. May do that right now.
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Post by Trail Monkey on Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:19 pm

I looked over it for a few min.. looks like some NICE climbs
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Post by ar.hiker on Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:29 pm

Yep, it looks pretty rough in a few places. How could not go to a trail called Turkey Snout Loop though. Just the name makes me want to go.
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Post by Trail Monkey on Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:51 pm

I didn't see any real BIG elevation gains though... not anything like Brush Heap or Mt. McKinney.. they both are over 1100ft gain in a few miles. The bigest here I spoted was a 500 I think... Unless I just missed something.
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Post by Jeff on Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:41 am

I will be game this summer, march might be a little tough
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Post by ar.hiker on Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:59 pm

From what I hear these trails aren't maintained all that well. Might be tough in the summer on a overgrown, poorly blazed trail. Not to mention the ticks and chiggers.
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Post by Jeff on Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:01 pm

I hear ya, maybe have to put this on my fall list.

So many trails, so little free time....
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