|24 Miles||Loop System||12.8 Total Climbing Miles||1,804' Max||6.2% Avg Grade|
|79.36 Climb Index||80% Singletrack||10.8 Total Descending Miles||833' Min||43.4% Max Grade|
Overview: I have ridden the Brush Heap Loop a few times which is a loop that makes up part of this loop. I have also ridden the Little Missouri trail a few times which makes up yet another part of this loop. I have yet to ride the entire Eagle Rock Loop but I am hoping to do so someday. From what I have ridden I can tell you that this is one of the more technical trails in the area. The loop itself actually is made up of three other trails in the area being Viles Branch trail, Athens Big Fork Trail and the Little Missouri Trail. The trail itself has a dozen or more major creek crossings some of which can be pretty tough. There is one particular creek crossing that has a rope across it that you have to hang onto just to keep from getting swept away by the current of the creek. So expect to get your feet wet and if there has just been a big rain I think I would avoid these creek crossings or the trail all together. The trail will take you into some of the back woods of the Ouachita's following along the Little Missouri River most of the way. You will find mostly single track here that can go from being flat and smooth to rocky and technical. There are a few spots along the river that the trail just hangs on the side of the edge. As far as climbs go it has one of the steepest ride-able climbs I have seen in these parts. I really enjoyed this trail and I am ready to go back someday soon. It's a shame that more people don't know about this trail or ride on it, but then again maybe that's not so bad after all. The trail is also very popular with hikers and you might even run into a few equestrians as well, so remember to share the trail. If you only want to get in about 18 miles instead of the entire 26 then the Brush Heap Loop is an excellent alternative. If you want an out and back on a very scenic and not to long of a trail then try doing the Little Missouri. If you are looking for a good place to get ready for the Ouachita Challenge this would be the trail to do it on. It’s not as long as the Ouachita Challenge but it will give you about the same workout.
Recommended Route: I have been told the best way to ride this loop is to start at the Little Missouri Falls trailhead. Jump onto the Little Missouri trail and head west until you come to Athens Big Fork trail. Turn south onto Athens Big Fork, this is where you will be doing a majority of your climbing. You will eventually come to Viles Branch trail where you will head east and follow this back to the Little Missouri trail and head north on it. Little Missouri will bring you back to the falls and your car.
Rating: This is not a trail for a beginner. Some intermediate riders might find this trail daunting depending on their fitness and handling skills level. The advanced rider will probably do alright out here.
|Athens Big Fork||Glenwood||9.5 miles||Int|
|Bear Creek ATV||Glenwood||31 miles||Int|
|Big Brushy Complex||Mena||15.5 miles||Int|
|Brush Heap Loop||Glenwood||16.5 miles||Int|
|Charlton||Mount Ida||4 miles||Beg|
|Earthquake Ridge||Mena||6 miles||Int|
|Fourche Mountain||Mena||26 miles||Int|
|Lake Ouachita Vista||Mount Ida||36.5 miles||Int|
|Little Missouri||Glenwood||16 miles||Int|
|Ouachita Trail||Mena||104 miles||Int|
|Rich Mountain||Mena||8 miles||Int|
|Shady Lake||Mena||3.5 miles||Int|
|Viles Branch||Glenwood||13.5 miles||Int|
|Wolf Pen Gap||Mena||42 miles||Int|
|Womble||Mount Ida||35 miles||Int|
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