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10.8 Miles Out & Back System 5.2 Total Climbing Miles  2,470' Max 7.7% Avg Grade
40.04 Climb Index 100% Singletrack 5.4 Total Descending Miles 1,355' Min 26.1% Max Grade

Overview: This section is also known as Forun Gap and I try to ride it at least once a year. The trail is all single track and is made up of mostly loose rock such as what you will find at the Womble or Earthquake Ridge. There is a lot of climbing on this trail no matter which way you go but the views from the top of the mountains are spectacular to say the least. Some of the climbs can be steep and sustained so be prepared. This little section of the Ouachita Trail has some really nice downhills as well as some nice little berms to get some air, be careful you can get to much speed on some of these berms and launch yourself into the hospital. Some of this trail has some really nice flowing sections to it especially as you get near the bottom of the mountains on the Hwy 59 side. There are a few hike-a-bike sections but they really are not too long. There are a few tricky spots out there that require some good handling skills. If you come to a section that looks a little to tricky you can always walk it. I think what I love most about this trail is the views at the top and the fun downhills. The trail can be a bit overgrown at the top of the mountains during the summer months, best time to hit this section is late fall, spring and winter.

Recommended Route: The way we usually ride this trail is to start from Hwy 71 and ride west. This direction offers the best downhill riding, however those berms I spoke of earlier will be going uphill in this direction but that's the only real loss. Once we come out at the Hwy 59 trail head we will hop on the Highway and take it back to Hwy 71 and then back to the vehicle and make a loop out of it. It’s not but about 13 miles back to the 71 trail head via the highway and its pretty much all downhill. If you plan on doing an out and back I would suggest you start at the Hwy 59 trail head, it is a much nicer ride.

Rating: Advanced and intermediate riders will find this trail a joy and a challenge. Some beginners may have a little difficulty out here. I would not bring a new beginner or novice rider to this trail. The trail goes through some isolated areas and there are no bail outs. Bring plenty of water and some snacks.

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Mena, AR

Partly Cloudy

46°F

MAX 46°F, MIN -15°F
Humidity:
7%
Visibility:
16.1km
Wind:
0km/h NNW

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MAX 71°F

MIN 50°F

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MAX 61°F

MIN 47°F

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MAX 53°F

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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.