Feb 10, 2009 at 4:53 pm #1233956
EFeb 10, 2009 at 5:10 pm #1476896
Ozark Highlands Trail – 7 hrs away in Arkansas?Feb 11, 2009 at 2:02 pm #1477140
Thanks Chris, I'm going to do it!Feb 17, 2009 at 4:56 pm #1478509
The OHT was severely damaged by ice storms and seems to be in bad shape for a thru hike.
Any other ideas out there?Feb 17, 2009 at 5:16 pm #1478515
Joe?Feb 17, 2009 at 5:26 pm #1478518
Not sure I know what you mean.Feb 18, 2009 at 4:10 pm #1478787
I was hoping Joe Clement might have some ideas.Feb 18, 2009 at 4:44 pm #1478801
I was thinking of taking a small gas chainsaw, but I might not get too far.
I can always go out to Guadalupe Peak, but lugging tons of water through Big Bend turned me off to Texas. :)Feb 18, 2009 at 9:13 pm #1478874
So I'm a little slow. I wish I could help, but I've spent the last several weeks trying to find a longer hike in Texas, and failed. You'll have to carry as much water in the Guadelupes as in Big Bend, unless you break it up into a bunch of 2-3 day hikes. You might check with the rangers in the Gila wilderness, it's been pretty dry, may not be much snow. If I come up with something I'll let you know.
I keep thinking we need to come up with the Texas answer to the AT.Feb 25, 2009 at 2:14 am #1480548
les lloydBPL Member
@denaliguideLocale: new zealand & alaska
how about southern utah?
the grand gulch area should be pretty much free of snow and the crowds won't be there either. water is plentiful. indian ruins and rockart abound. route finding varies from easy to difficult depending on route selected. you could easily do a 100 miles of travel there connecting all the different canyons on cedar mesa. grand gulch is 50 miles in length itself. throw in slickhorn or a couple on the east side and you would have a great trip. nights might be cool (altitude is around 6300ft at the kane gulch ranger station).
the drive might be a little longer than 14 hours. 16 on map quest from austin tx. to bluff, ut.
i love this area. i usually go a month later though.Feb 25, 2009 at 7:31 am #1480579
How about Big Bend State Park? I know they have some loops, some with water; probably have to call a ranger.Feb 26, 2009 at 10:32 am #1480946
Les: I'll have to keep that in mind for next time.
Joe: I did the Outer Mountain Loop in Big Bend in December and that will be the last time I do it. Carrying so much water and having to worry about how much to drink really takes the fun out of it! I need to post a trip report on it when I get time.
I've decided to do the Ozark Highlands Trail, but based on the ice damage I'm going to do the first half of the trail out and back. 85 miles to Ozone to resupply and then 85 miles back to my car. At least I save $140 on a shuttle service.Feb 26, 2009 at 12:03 pm #1480970
Sounds like you did the outer loop in Big Bend National Park. I am talking about Big Bend Ranch State Park. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/big_bend_ranch/
I'll take a Texas SP over the National Park _______ any day.Feb 26, 2009 at 12:27 pm #1480979
Oh OK Joe, my bad, I'll check it out.
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