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Ouachita Mountain Hikers

P.O. Box 371 Hot Springs, AR 71902

January 2013 Vol. 28 / #2

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PRESIDENT Vice President / Program Chair Secretary / Historian Treasurer / Membership Hike Chair Trail Maintenance Chair Web Master / Publicity Chair

Cliff Harrison Joe Breashears Rick Ericson Jeannie Eichler Jim Gifford Glenn Wortham Glen McClain

915-8382 262-9871 922-0379 915-9185 922-1680 922-0924 262-1334

Winter / Spring 2012 A Message from Our President Our Ouachita Mountain Hikers club is experiencing a few changes in 2013. The bad news first: Jim Gifford is stepping down (after 10 great years) as the Hike Chair. The good news: Anita Moore has agreed to close the void. She worked closely with Jim in producing this 2013 Spring Schedule. We will enjoy great hikes on Thursdays (longer, more difficult, more time involved) and Saturdays (shorter, less difficult, less time commitment), and several overnights that promise fun, companionship, and adventure. As president for 2013, I will spend the year urging everyone to give back: Step forward when we need new hike leaders. Speak up when we are looking for new places to hike. Stand up when we ask for volunteers for the various trail maintenance activities- trail maintenance in support of FoOT (Friends of the Ouachita Trail), cleanup at Gulpha Gorge in support of Hot Springs National Park, and other volunteer projects in support of State and National Parks. Personally, I will try my hand by helping Thursday Hike Leaders with the car shuttles. I hope several of you will join me in this as we learn some of the hiking lore and secrets from the seasoned veterans of trip and trail management. I will speak more on this at the first few membership meetings. I and the Board of Directors hope to see you there. - Cliff Harrison.

Hiking Schedule

Important Reminders

ALWAYS contact the Hike Leader (email or telephone) in advance if you intend to hike. Proper planning requires knowing

how many people to expect. As a courtesy, make contact as early in the week as possible. The Hike Leader may cancel a hike due to weather or unforeseen circumstances. Cancellation notice will be made only to those who indicate they intend to participate. All phone numbers in schedule are area code 501, unless indicated otherwise.

The Hike Leader has the right to refuse to take any person who is not properly equipped or is inadequately prepared for the hike.

Group safety is the primary concern.

Be Properly Equipped. Start with plenty of WATER. Good foot wear is of primary importance. Depending on the hike and weather, each hiker should have lunch or trail snacks, foul weather gear, and first aid kit. Depending on the season, you may also need insect repellent, hat, sunglasses, blaze orange (hunting season), or extra layers for warmth. See "Hikers Corner" section of OMH web site for a list of other useful items.

which can be significant when forest roads are used. The mileage rate for carpool share is currently 7 cents per mile, rounded to the nearest dollar, payable to the driver. Carpool share is announced in the Hike Flash; please bring correct change if possible. This calendar is available in Google Calendar ([email protected]). You may also access or download the calendar from the link on OMH web page (www.omhikers.net).

Carpools typically operate from Hot Springs and HS Village. Riders are expected to contribute to cost and wear-tear on the car --

Announced Times are DEPARTURE Times. When meeting for a hike, be courteous to the hike leader and your fellow hikers.

Arrive a few minutes early to arrange carpools and organize your gear. Don't get left behind !!

Weekly Hike Flash. Current information, including schedule changes, is promulgated using the weekly "Hike Flash" message. If

you do not receive your weekly email, the Hike Flash is also available on OMH web site. If you do NOT use E-mail but would like to receive the "Hike Flash", please provide the Publicity Chairman with stamped, self-addressed envelopes. Photographs taken on hikes may be of interest to others. Please share your photos with the OMH Webmaster and the club Historian (names at top of this page). Your pictures may also get published in the OMH calendar next year.

Dogs are welcome on our hikes, but please be courteous of other hikers. Keep your dogs under control at all times. First Time Hikers: Please participate in two Saturday hikes before trying the longer, more difficult Thursday hikes.

OMH Hike Schedule: Winter Spring 2013

Tues Jan 1, 2013 9am "First Day Hike": Caddo Bend (4 mi / Mod)

Thu Jan 3, 2013 Ouachita Trail / Sect 5 [9.6 mi / Moderate - Difficult]

Where: Lake Ouachita State Park Description: Celebrate the New Year with this State Park event. Lake Ouachita State Park is hosting this "First Day Hike" in coordination with a nation-wide movement to get people on the trails. OMH members are specifically invited and welcome to participate. Meet at trailhead (behind Visitor's Center) at 9:00 am. Contact state park for more info. Where: Ouachita National Forest Hike Leader: Rick Ericson (922-0379 / [email protected]). Always contact the Hike Leader to participate. Round Top Trail over Suck Mountain to Rainy Creek / FR 149 (MM 105.5 - 114.1). Where: Bell Slough Wildlife Management Area Hike Leader: Becky Gifford [922-1680; [email protected]] This is a short, easy hike in an AR Game and Fish facility designed for wildlife observation. Great opportunity for first timers. It is in the Arkansas River valley, so is a long drive. Plan on a lunch stop on the way home. Where: Ouachita National Forest / Lake Ouachita Hike Leader: Tom Cornelius [901-485-1563; [email protected]] Hike Morgan Hollow and Glades loops, two of the lesser used loops of this trail system. Where: Ouachita National Forest Hike Leader: Cliff Harrison [915-8382; [email protected]] This scenic loop has views of the lake, the dam, and the canyon below the dam.

Sat Jan 5, 2013 Bell Slough [3 miles / Easy]

Thu Jan 10, 2013 Little Blakely [8 miles / Moderate]

Sat Jan 12, 2013 Lake Sylvia Loop [5 miles / Moderate]

Thu Jan 17, 2013 8am Trail Maintenance (Service)

Where: Ouachita Trail / Flatside Wilderness Task Master: Glenn Wortham (922-0924 [email protected]). Always contact the Leader if you plan to participate. OMH supports 'Friends of the Ouachita Trail' by adopting ten miles of the Ouachita Trail through beautiful Flatside Wilderness. Earn an OMH "Trail Crew" T-shirt with just fifty hours of trail maintenance. Trail Maintenance is strenuous work, but anyone who hikes can contribute something. Where: to be announced Program: Outdoor writer/photographer Corbett Deary

6pm OMH Evening Meeting

Sat Jan 19, 2013 Hot Springs Mountain "Flex Hike" [5 mi or 8 miles / moderate]

Thu Jan 24, 2013 LO Vista Trail [8 miles / Moderate]

Where: Hot Springs National Park Hike Leader: Ernie Weidenberger [922-0294; [email protected]] A morning in our "very own" National Park. The 'flex hike' concept lets you find out if you are ready for longer (Thursday) hikes. Those that want can do a typical Saturday distance (5 mi); those who want can stretch it out for the full 8 mi. Where: Ouachita National Forest / Lake Ouachita Hike Leader: Marv Weitzenfeld (463-4829; [email protected]) This hike will include the newest portion of the VISTA trail, just completed last fall. We will hike from Crystal Springs east toward Brady Mountain.

Sat Jan 26, 2013 Little Blakely North (Big Tree) Loop [5.5 miles / Moderate]

Thu Jan 31, 2013 Rich Mountain Trail [8 mi / Mod - Diff]

Where: Ouachita National Forest / Lake Ouachita Hike Leader: Marie Michalets [915-8457; [email protected]] Great views of the Lake during leaf off - even an eagle sighting is possible. Where: Ouachita National Forest / Rich Mountain Hike Leader: Joe Breashears (262-9871; [email protected]) This is one of the newest trails in the state. Joe will be assisted by his brother Tom, who works for the Mena Ranger District. Tom envisioned, planned, and built most of this trail. Where: Hot Springs National Park Hike Leader: Debbie Van Veghel (463-9441 [email protected]) Hike to the highest spot in Hot Springs National Park -- great views.

Sat Feb 2, 2013 Sunset Trail / Blacksnake Rd to West Mountain [4 miles / Moderate]

Thu Feb 7, 2013 Ouachita Trail / Sect 5 [11.0 mi / Moderate - Difficult]

Sat Feb 9, 2013 Pinnacle Mountain [3 miles / Difficult]

Where: Ouachita National Forest Hike Leader: Rick Ericson (922-0379 / [email protected]). Always contact the Hike Leader to participate. Rainy Creek to Big Brushy (MM 94.5 - 105.5).

Thu Feb 14, 2013 Round Top Mountain Loop [7.5 miles / Moderate]

Where: Pinnacle Mountain State Park Hike Leader: Jackie Dawson (778-9313; [email protected]) This short, but very steep, hike is rewarded with spectacular views of the Arkansas River Valley

Sat Feb 16, 2013 9am Gulpha Gorge Litter Patrol (Service)

Where: Ouachita National Forest Hike Leader: Tom Cornelius (901-485-1563; [email protected]) Hike pieces of the Womble, the Ouachita, and Round Top Trail in this back country loop. Where: Hot Springs National Park Hike Leader: John Burns (922-4106; [email protected].com) This service to Hot Springs National Park is very much appreciated. The morning involves walking about two miles along the highway in beautiful Gulpha Gorge. Where: Ouachita Trail / Flatside Wilderness Task Master: Glenn Wortham (922-0924 [email protected]). Always contact the Leader if you plan to participate. OMH supports 'Friends of the Ouachita Trail' by adopting ten miles of the Ouachita Trail through beautiful Flatside Wilderness. Earn an OMH "Trail Crew" T-shirt with just fifty hours of trail maintenance. Trail Maintenance is strenuous work, but anyone who hikes can contribute something. Where: Hot Springs Village Hike Leader: Cliff Harrison [915-8382; [email protected]] This is a beautiful nature trail in what is arguably the most beautiful spot in Hot Springs Village. Great opportunity for first time hikers. Where: Ouachita National Forest Hike Leader: Anita Moore (525-3904; [email protected]) This loop hike will use several of the trails in the Big Brushy area complex, and include a stop at scenic Rockhouse Cave.

Thu Feb 21, 2013 8am Trail Maintenance (Service)

Sat Feb 23, 2013 Cedar Creek Trail [3 miles / Easy]

Thu Feb 28, 2013 Big Brushy Loop [10 miles / Moderate]

Sat Mar 2, 2013 8:30am "Dawn-to-Dusk in Hot Springs National Park" [Special Event]

Thu Mar 7, 2013 Ouachita Trail / Sect 4 [9.5 mi / Moderate]

Where: Hot Springs National Park Hike Leader: Jim Gifford (922-1680 / [email protected]). Hike any or all of this 13 mile route around our "very own" National Park. Short segments or long. Visit your favorite part of the park or a part you have never seen before. Shuttles provided. Finish the day with a party in town. Where: Ouachita National Forest Hike Leader: Hike Leader: Rick Ericson (922-0379 / [email protected]). Always contact the Hike Leader to participate. Big Brushy to FR 76 (MM 85.0 - 94.5). Where: Garvan Woodlands Gardens, Hot Springs Hike Leader: Rex Greer (262-2231 / [email protected]). This event is scheduled to hit the Tulip Festival, but we will stroll the gardens, enjoying whatever is in bloom. Stay as long as you like.

Sat Mar 9, 2013 Spring Time in Garvan Gardens [3 miles / Easy]

Tue Mar 12 - Thur Mar 14, 2013 Overnight Trip: Beaver's Bend State Park, OK

Thu Mar 14, 2013 Fordyce Peak ("Blowout Mountain") [8 miles / Mod - Diff]

Where: Beaver's Bend State Park, OK Trip Leader: Anita Moore (525-3904; [email protected]) This three-day trip will be a new destination for the club, and a destination for non-hiking spouses can enjoy. Beavers Bend State Park is located in the mountainous region of southeast Oklahoma along the shores of Broken Bow Lake and Mountain Fork River. Traveling the winding roads through the mixed forests you will find adventure, beautiful scenery, and plenty of activities. In addition to three days of hiking, the area offers golf, fishing, forest heritage, and historic sites.

Sat Mar 16, 2013 Mount Nebo Rim Trail [4 miles / Moderate]

Where: Hot Springs National Park Hike Leader: Phil Simpson (922-3205; [email protected]). Local hike in lieu of overnight trip. This spur trail goes to a remote corner of the park -- but be ready for a steep climb. Where: Mount Nebo State Park Hike Leader: John Burns (922-4106; [email protected]) This scenic loop atop Mount Nebo offers spectacular views of the Arkansas River valley - and hopefully a chance to watch hang gliders soar off cliffs. Trail is mostly flat, but has some tricky rock footing areas. Where: Ouachita Trail / Flatside Wilderness Task Master: Glenn Wortham (922-0924 [email protected]). Always contact the Leader if you plan to participate. OMH supports 'Friends of the Ouachita Trail' by adopting ten miles of the Ouachita Trail through beautiful Flatside Wilderness. Earn an OMH "Trail Crew" T-shirt with just fifty hours of trail maintenance. Trail Maintenance is strenuous work, but anyone who hikes can contribute something. Where: to be announced Program: to be announced

Thu Mar 21, 2013 8am Trail Maintenance (Service)

6pm OMH Evening Meeting

Sat Mar 23, 2013 Hot Springs Creek Trail [4.5 miles / Easy]

Where: City of Hot Springs, AR Hike Leader: Debbie Van Veghel (463-9441; [email protected]) This surprising urban hike, right in downtown Hot Springs, follows Hot Springs Creek from the Transportation Depot south past race track. Trail is paved, but in a park like environment.

Thu Mar 28, 2013 Piney Creek Wilderness [12 miles / Difficult]

Sat Mar 30, 2013 Pedestal Rocks [4 miles / Easy - Moderate]

Where: Ozark National Forest Hike Leader: Jeannie Eichler (915-9185; [email protected]) This all-day adventure will explore a remote part of the Ozarks new to our club. Hike12 miles on old forest roads through woods and along a steep, beautiful stream. Hopefully dogwoods will be blooming and water cascading. Near the end, an optional extension crosses a wide stream and bushwhacks up a steep hillside to a cave. It's a 2 1/2 hour drive to the trailhead, so don't expect to be back until evening. Where: Ozark National Forest Hike Leader: Marilyn Hall (254-760-2426; [email protected]) Pedestal Rocks & King's Bluff is a special area in the Ozarks. It includes bluffs, a waterfall, and fascinating rock formations. The main hike is not difficult, however, an option goes off-trail, below the "pedestals", for a closer view. This makes a longer day than our typical Saturday, so be prepared to spend the day. Where: Ouachita National Forest Hike Leader: Rick Ericson (922-0379 / [email protected]). Always contact the Hike Leader to participate. FR 76 to Tan-a-Hill Gap (MM 74.2 - 85.0 + 1 mile walk-out). Where: Petit Jean State Park Hike Leader: Jeannie Eichler (915-9185; [email protected]) This hike is a new combination of trails to hit the most scenic spots in Petit Jean park. The hike will go to the base of Cedar Falls, past the Blue Hole, and finally past Bear Cave before returning to the lodge. It does include some steep areas -- down and up.

Thu Apr 4, 2013 Ouachita Trail / Sect 4 [10.8 mi / Difficult]

Sat Apr 6, 2013 Petit Jean Scenic Loop [5 miles / Moderate]

Tue Apr 9 - Thur Apr 11, 2013 Overnight Trip: Devil's Den State Park

Thu Apr 11, 2013 Lake Catherine loops [8 miles / Moderate]

Where: Devil's Den State Park Trip Leader: Jeannie Eichler (915-9185; [email protected]) Three day trip to hike in and around Devil's Den State Park in northwest Arkansas. Where: Lake Catherine State Park Hike Leader: Jerry Harris (915-9635; [email protected]) Local hike in lieu of April overnight. This hike will cover all three loops at Lake Catherine

Sat Apr 13, 2013 Cedar Glades Park [5 miles / Moderate]

Thu Apr 18, 2013 8am Trail Maintenance (Service)

Where: Cedar Glades Park, Hot Springs Hike Leader: Jim & Vanessa Edgar (922-4992; [email protected]) This hike is often referred to as the "tour-de-trash", because this city park was built over an old landfill. It is now a lovely park, with several trails offering a variety of experiences.

Sat Apr 20, 2013 Urban Hike [5 miles / Easy to Moderate*]

Where: Ouachita Trail / Flatside Wilderness Task Master: Glenn Wortham (922-0924 [email protected]). Always contact the Leader if you plan to participate. OMH supports 'Friends of the Ouachita Trail' by adopting ten miles of the Ouachita Trail through beautiful Flatside Wilderness. Earn an OMH "Trail Crew" T-shirt with just fifty hours of trail maintenance. Trail Maintenance is strenuous work, but anyone who hikes can contribute something.

Where: Little Rock, AR (or vicinity) Hike Leader: Tom & Jeanie Calhoun (765-4827; [email protected]) Tom and Jeanie love to find new places to hike in the Little Rock urban area. The parks in and around the city continue to surprise us. * The distance and difficulty shown are target values and may vary.

Thu Apr 25, 2013 Caney Creek Trail [10 miles / Difficult]

Sat Apr 27, 2013 LO Vista Trail [5 miles / Moderate]

Where: Ouachita National Forest / Caney Creek Wilderness Hike Leader: Marv Weitzeneld (463-4829; [email protected]) This is one of the prettiest hikes in central Arkansas, but with lots of creek crossings - as many as fifteen. At one end, hikers also have to cross the Cossatot River. The more water, the prettier the hike - and the more difficult. Where: Ouachita National Forest / Lake Ouachita Hike Leader: Chuck Dumas (870-867-0179; [email protected]) This hike on the western (oldest) section of the VISTA trail includes some beautiful scenic views of the lake. Plan on a lunch stop after the hike. Where: Ouachita National Forest Hike Leader: Rick Ericson (922-0379 / [email protected]). Always contact the Hike Leader to participate. Tan-a-Hill Gap to Foran Gap/Hwy 71 (MM 68.1 - 74.2 + 1 mile walk-in). Where: Ouachita National Forest Hike Leader: Phil Simpson (922-3205; [email protected]) This forest service trail system is north of Lake Ouachita. It includes multiple loops, some on old roads and some single track wooded.

Thu May 2, 2013 Ouachita Trail / Sect 4 [7.2 mi / Moderate - Difficult]

Sat May 4, 2013 Possum Kingdom Trail [5 miles / Easy - Moderate]

Thu May 9, 2013 8am Trail Maintenance (Service)

Where: Ouachita Trail / Flatside Wilderness Task Master: Glenn Wortham (922-0924 [email protected]). Note: This is second week of month - not third. Always contact the Leader to participate. OMH supports 'Friends of the Ouachita Trail' by adopting ten miles of the Ouachita Trail through beautiful Flatside Wilderness. Earn an OMH "Trail Crew" T-shirt with just fifty hours of trail maintenance. Trail Maintenance is strenuous work, but anyone who hikes can contribute something. Where: to be announced Program: to be announced

6pm OMH Evening Meeting Sat May 11, 2013 9am Gulpha Gorge Litter Patrol (Service)

Mon May 13 - Fri May 17, 2013 Spring trip: "Beyond the Great Smoky Mountains"

Where: Hot Springs National Park Hike Leader: John Burns (922-4106; [email protected]) This service to Hot Springs National Park is very much appreciated. The morning involves walking about two miles along the highway in beautiful Gulpha Gorge.

Thu May 16, 2013 Womble Trail [8 miles / Moderate]

Where: Great Smoky Mountains National Park; Hot Springs, NC Trip Leader: Loretta Melancon (704-225-3299; [email protected]) We go the North Carolina side of the Smokies this year for a week of hiking, based out of Hot Springs (North Carolina, that is) Where: Ouachita National Forest Hike Leader: Ernie Weidenberger [922-0294; [email protected]]. Local hike in lieu of spring trip. This is the only time this season we hike the Womble, so hike leader gets to pick his section. Where: Entergy Park, on Lake Hamilton, city of Hot Springs Hike Leader: Jerry Harris (915-9635; [email protected]) This is an easy, very scenic hike near Blakely Dam, in one of the newest city parks in Hot Springs. It is a great opportunity for first time hikers.

Sat May 18, 2013 Entergy Park [3 miles / Easy]

Thu May 23, 2013 Little Missouri River Trail [6.5 miles / Moderate]

Sat May 25, 2013 Caddo Bend Trail [4 miles / Moderate]

Where: Ouachita National Forest / Hike Leader: Joy Linker (915-8066; [email protected]) Hike from Little Missouri Falls to Albert Pike campground (or vice versa). This is a beautiful stretch of trail along the designated wild and scenic river. It has three river crossings which can get pretty wet - be prepared.

Thu May 30, 2013 Illinois Bayou Adventure [8 miles / Difficult / Bushwhacking]

Where: Lake Ouachita State Park Hike Leader: Sofia Harrell (915-8738; [email protected]) The Caddo Bend Trail has been completely rebuilt since the devastating 2011 tornadoes. The new trail offers more open views of the lake and still has the lookout at the tip of peninsula. Some rocky areas. Where: Ozark National Forest / East Fork Wilderness Hike Leader: Mike Moriarty (915-0179; [email protected]) This is a special hike through the bayou. It is an unmaintained trail with lots of creek crossings that can be very wet.

Sat Jun 1, 2013 National Trails Day

Thu Jun 6, 2013 "Dam to Dam in HSV" [10 miles / Easy - Moderate]

There are usually several National Trails Day events in the area. Details will be distributed when available and in the Hike Flash. Where: Hot Springs Village Hike Leader: Jim Gifford (922-1680; [email protected]) Hike the future of HSV Trails. Start at Balboa Dam and hike across the village to DeSoto Dam, utilizing Balboa Spillway Trail, Hernando Trail, and Desoto Spillway Trail. We will fill in the few remaining gaps by walking on roads.

Sat Jun 8, 2013 DeSoto Nature and Spillway Trails [3 miles / Easy / Hike & Swim]

Thu Jun 13, 2013 5pm Hikers Picnic

Where: Hot Springs Village Hike Leader: Jim Gifford (922-1680; [email protected]) Finish the hiking season with this short, easy "Hike & Swim" in the village. Swimming beach on Lake DeSoto is also a good picnic spot.

Sun Aug 18 - Fri Aug 23, 2013 Summer Trip: Rocky Mountains

Where: Avery Park, Blakely Dam Event Coordinator: Jeannie Eichler (915-9185; [email protected]). Wrap up the hiking season with the traditional "Hiker's Picnic". Club provides main course, supplemented by pot-luck. Your dues have already paid for this event.

Thu Sep 5, 2013 Welcome Back Hike & Picnic: Charlton Trail [4 miles/ moderate]

Where: Rocky Mountain National Park, CO Trip Leaders: Tom & Jeanie Calhoun (765-4827; [email protected]) Hike Leader: Rick Ericson A week of hiking in spectacular Rocky Mountain National Park. Space limited. sign up early.

Where: Ouachita National Forest Hike Leader: Debbie Van Veghel (463-9441; [email protected]). Kick off the fall hiking season with our annual "Welcome Back" Hike. New hikers are especially welcome. All former hikers are invited to return for a reunion.

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