Eagle Rock Loop AR?
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Johnny Gish
(jtgish) - F

Locale: Coppell, Texas
Eagle Rock Loop AR? on 06/02/2006 21:49:37 MDT Print View

anyone have advice as to where to start and which direction to head? thanks.

Jon Priest
(jwetzelp) - F

Locale: Central Arkansas
Re: Eagle Rock Loop AR? on 06/04/2006 21:17:34 MDT Print View

I live in central Arkansas and did this loop in March. It's a beautiful trail with very unique scenery and rugged terrain, especially in the Winding Stair area.

We left the Albert Pike Rec. Area and headed clockwise (west) and it seemed to work well. Most of the wet crossings (Viles Branch) will be on your first day so you get that out of the way and are able to dally in the Winding Stair area if you'd like, Athen's Big Fork is the second and hardest day with up, up, and more up, and the last day is an easy hike back into Albert Pike.

If you're interested, we camped on top of Eagle Rock Vista (spur trail) the first night and just past the parking area on FR25 the second night. If you're going to overnight it, there are many nice spots around FR106.

Hope this helps.

Jon

Edited by jwetzelp on 06/04/2006 21:18:11 MDT.

Ryan Corder
(demo) - MLife

Locale: Arkansan in Seattle
Re: Eagle Rock Loop AR? on 06/04/2006 22:04:37 MDT Print View

JT, you should really enjoy this trip...as Jon said it is very beautiful and quite unique in places.

Just so you are prepared for the Athens-Big Fork section of the Loop be ready for 8 mountains in 8 miles, 2000 feet each with NO switchbacks.

With any luck, you won't get dumped on by rain like Jon and I did in March.

good luck and have fun!
ryanc