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I have been working the Ouachita trail in central Arkansas from west to east and I am at mile 175. It ends near little rock at mile 223. It's far too hot now but I will get back on it in November and would like a partner if anyone is interested.

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That sounds really cool. I've only hiked little parts of that trail, and love those little parts. Scott and I won't be joining you, but I wonder - how's the water situation with the drought?

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Well, as I mentioned, I won't be back on it until November. But the last 50 or so miles that I have to do have better water than the first 175 miles including two lakes. How do you know you can't join me in November? What sections have you hiked? Do you live in the region?

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oops.

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Oops???

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LOL. My husband and I have other plans during that time.

I've hiked a few miles near Big Cedar Creek, into the Upper Kiamichi Wilderness. Also a very short hike off Hwy 71 (the ticks and chiggers drove me out). Also a few miles over by Oak Mtn Shelter. It is beautiful.

Hope you find that partner.


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Ok, if you do that's cool. Cyndi and I would like company. We will keep looking. The kiamichi is a great area on that trail, oak mountain as well. The Queen Wilhelmina lodge at the top of Kiamichi is fabulous to take a break, get a room, hot shower, good meal and awesome view at the highest elevation on the OT. Are you members of FoOT?

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No. But I've looked into it. I like the area. Have fun!!

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The OT is a really great 223 mile trail. It starts in Oklahoma and ends in central Arkansas. There are a couple of places that gain 12-1500 feet elevation in a mile or so. The western 50 miles are the most difficult. Within twenty miles you can stand with one foot on either side of the Kiamichi and Ouachita rivers headwaters, yet it is a rather lonesome trail.

In 175 miles, I have only met a couple other backpackers. But it's close to home. As I venture farther away, I hope to see more backpackers out and about.


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FYI, Queen Wilhelminia is closed I think till next March for remodeling.  I've hiked the Oklahoma side numerous times.  I really like the Kiamichi River section.

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FYI, Queen Wilhelminia is closed I think till next March for remodeling.  I've hiked the Oklahoma side numerous times.  I really like the Kiamichi River section.

Good info SW.  That lodge is miles and months behind me now. You mean they can make it better? I agree that the Kiamichi is a wonderful area! And that hike from the Kiamichi to the Queen Wilhelmina lodge, what a hike!


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FYI, Central Arkansas Water has closed a portion of the trail through their property for thinning of selected trees.  Mile points 211.5 to 214.   They expect to reopen it by November but check to be sure.  The complete notice is on the FoOT website.
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FYI, Central Arkansas Water has closed a portion of the trail through their property for thinning of selected trees.  Mile points 211.5 to 214.   They expect to reopen it by November but check to be sure.  The complete notice is on the FoOT website.
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Thanks John, I had seen that but it will be open by the time I get there. It's good you posted it though for others who may have been unaware.

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