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15.5 Miles Loop System 7.4 Total Climbing Miles  1,578' Max 5.7% Avg Grade
42.18 Climb Index 80% Singletrack 7.9 Total Descending Miles 886' Min 35.8% Max Grade

Overview: This page deals with the Big Brushy Trail complex and the various trails in the complex that you can use to make up many varieties of rides. The main tail that cuts right down the middle or the backbone is the Big Brushy portion of the Ouachita Trail. Use this trail to slice and dice your ride the way you would like. The rib trails that come off the Ouachita Trail are the Brushy Mountain Trail, The Brushy Creek Trail and the Rock house Trail. The Brushy Creek trail is sometimes used as an alternative trail to go up to the Ouachita Trail as far as any difference the Brushy Mountain Trail offers a great view of Brushy Creek and the Big Brushy Recreation Area. As far as difficulty levels go they are about the same. The Brushy Mountain Trail can be accessed by riding down Forest Road 6 and after crossing the bridge take the steps going up the hill to your right. The 3.5 mile trail called the Brushy Creek Trail is a fun and interesting little trail you can access this trail by riding down into the Big Brushy Recreation Area and follow the road past the little park and at the back of the camping area you will see the entrance. This section is about the flattest part you will find out here as it twist and turns on the banks of the Brushy Creek. You will eventually come to a creek crossing which every time I have ridden this trail had a good little pool of water to wade through so expect to get your feet wet. After this the trail continues on fairly easy until you get to Forest Road 813, here you hang a left and follow it on up the mountain. You will do a little climbing nothing really bad until you get closer to the mountain and then expect a steep little climb on up to the top. The Rock house Trail can be accessed about 3 miles down Forest Road 6 from the trail head. This little trail connects with the Ouachita Trail a little further up but amazingly it is not that hard of climb. Using these trails and using Forest Roads 6, 48, 813 and 813A to make all kinds of different loops.

Recommended Route: We ride this in so many different configurations that really one is not better than the other. So mix it up and make your own trek out of it.

Rating: Intermediate and up.

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Trail City Length Skill
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
Ouachita Trail Mena 104 miles Int
Possum Kingdom Hot Springs 17 miles Nov
Rich Mountain Mena 8 miles Int
Wolf Pen Gap Mena 42 miles Beg
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.