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27 Miles Out & Back System 13.4 Total Climbing Miles  2,398' Max 7.4% Avg Grade
99.16 Climb Index 80% Singletrack 13.2 Total Descending Miles 958' Min 38.5% Max Grade

Overview: This section of the trail is known as Wolf Pinnacle at Hwy 71 and Big Brushy at Hwy 270. The trail starts out pretty mild going up the side of a mountain on an old dirt road. The road will eventually give way to single track that darts off to your right from here the trail will change drastically. The trail is made up of mostly loose rock not many hard packed areas out there. The climbs range from short and easy to steep and some are very long. The longer and steeper climbs can be pretty tough at times so bring your climbing gears. There are quite a few little technical places out there with some areas of rock gardens. A few spots will require a hike-a-bike for most. There are some really great scenic spots on this ride especially on the top of Wolf Pinnacle but you have to take a little detour to get there. At the top you will find the remains of an old lookout tower used for spotting fire long before the invention of the satellite. This is definitely a trail for the more experienced rider. The ride is very remote and challenging, you will do more climbing out there then you ever cared to. The payoff for all that climbing is some really fun downhill's. Even for the advanced rider this trail is sure to give you a workout.

Recommended Route: Start from Hwy 71 and head east on the trail. This is a point to point trail so you will need to set up a shuttle on Forest Road 76 and 48 junction or at Big Brushy Recreation area off Hwy 270. Our you could just ride in away and turn around and come back.

Rating: I would recommend this trail only for the intermediate to advanced riders. There is a lot of climbing involved with this section of the Ouachita Trail and there are very few bail outs along the way. There are quite a few little tricky spots as well as some hike-a-bike sections. This section of the Ouachita Trail goes into some very remote regions of the Ouachita Mountains. Be sure to bring plenty of water and a bite to eat because it can take about 4 to 6 hours to ride.

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Mena, AR

Overcast

33.3°F

MAX 30°F, MIN 21°F
Humidity:
61%
Visibility:
16.1km
Wind:
6.4km/h SW

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MAX 50°F

MIN 41°F

Sat

MAX 56°F

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MAX 62°F

MIN 38°F

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.