|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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