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27 Miles Out & Back System 13.7 Total Climbing Miles  1,611' Max 6.8% Avg Grade
93.15 Climb Index 90% Singletrack 12.5 Total Descending Miles 810' Min 39.2% Max Grade

Overview: Your first job will be to climb up Blowout Mountain or as some have referred to as Throw Up mountain. The climb is not to bad of a climb and starting out with fresh legs really helps. Be prepared for a nasty rock garden on your approach. Once over Blowout you will have a fast descent down to forest road 274. Hang a left here and follow it for about a mile or so, watch to your right for the trail. Your next challenge will be to take on the switchbacks of Chalybeate Mountain. Once you have completed Chalybeate you will have a nice descent down to Sims Loop Road, careful here as there is a nice little rock garden toward the bottom. Here you will hang a left once again and head down the dirt road about a half of a mile and pick the trail up again on your right. You now get yo start on your third big climb of the day going up Suck Mountain. The trail going up Suck Mountain can be a little rough in places and rutted out a bit, just slap her into granny and keep spinning. The descent down Suck Mountain is pretty fun some nice ridge ridding. There are a few little tricky spots here and there so keep an eye out. After that the trail will do a little more climbing and descending and eventually you will come to where the Womble and the Ouachita Trail meet. Continue on the Ouachita Trail you are almost to Hwy 27 at this point and the end of your ride.

Recommended Route: I have ridden this in both directions and I think I prefer the west to east direction the best.

Rating: An advanced beginner with some good aerobic skills and on up should do just fine out here. The ride is can be a little taxing for some and there are few bail outs along the way..

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Mount Ida, AR

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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.