|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