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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.

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Trail City Length Skill
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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Arkansas Trail Rules

Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures — ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail.

Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.

Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.

Yield Appropriately: Riders yeild to foot and horse traffic. Riders traveling downhill should yeild to ones headed uphill, unless signed for oneway or downhill traffic only.

Never Scare Animals: Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you.

Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.