Gallery 2011: November 25-27, Ouachita National Recreation Trail
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- Purple dot: trail head; green dots: shelters; red line: approximate trail; blue dot: Irons Fork crossing; orange tot: trail end
The trail was very rugged and sometimes not easy to find.
About 17 miles of trail, plus 2 times 1 mile round trip to and from the shelters. The trail was easy to moderate. The shelters were located by the water, so steep climb to get back on the trail in the morning.
- At the trail head. From left to right: ASM Philippe Van Houtte, ASM Mike Garrison, SPL Chase, Garrett, Maxim, ASPL Jake, Siam, and ASM Gregg Vickers. Departure around 12:00pm.
- Time for a rest
- And another stop
- Arrival at the Bill Potter Shelter at 4:00 pm
- Chase hangs up his hammock.
- The shelter was awesome. The weather was nice and we built a nice fire. ASM Philippe and Maxim cooked sausages on embers...
- Siam, Jake, Chase, Garrett, and Maxim taking a rest.
- Saturday morning, it started raining around 8:00 am. Everyone gets prepared with rain gear.
- We are all prepared for this.
- We hit the trail, still under the rain, around 8:45 am.
- Always with a smile, even in the rain...
- Baron von Tyvek and son Maxim
- ASM Mike and son Chase
- ASM Gregg and son Jake
- Crossing the Irons Fork Creek (blue spot on map)
- Irons Fork Creek downstream from the concrete crossing bridge
- Irons Fork Creek upstream from the concrete crossing bridge
- Rain or no rain, time for a break!
- About lunch time on Saturday
- We reached the Big Branch Shelter around 4:00 pm.
- Map check
- Some parts of the trail were wide enough for three hikers to walk together one next to the other. From left to right: Siam, Maxim, and Jake.
- Jake and Maxim
- Highway 298, meeting with SM Patrick
Last modified January 17, 2012.