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Ouachita National Forest - camping and hiking advice

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Offline Jalco

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Re: Ouachita National Forest - camping and hiking advice
« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2017, 05:50:33 PM »
Thanks for the pics!  You've renewed my determination to complete the Eagle Rock Loop this fall.  How was the weather, humidity wise? 

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Re: Ouachita National Forest - camping and hiking advice
« Reply #16 on: September 05, 2017, 05:56:32 PM »
Weather was great!  My main gripe is that it still feels a bit like the South. Still a little humid, still lots of chiggers, ticks, and mosquitoes.  Being from Louisiana, in order to really get away I prefer to camp in more arid regions.  Also, we ended up in the Ozarks, quite a ways north of Ouachita National Forest. I hear the humidity at this time is quite unbearable in Ouachita, but I can't say firsthand. 


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Offline Jalco

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Re: Ouachita National Forest - camping and hiking advice
« Reply #17 on: September 06, 2017, 06:57:11 AM »
I can certainly attest to the humidity in the Ouachitas.  My son and I hiked a portion of the ERL last August - a portion because "the old man" ran out of dry clothes and bailed about half way thru  :eusa_clap:
Beautiful scenery, though, and I loved the clear running streams!

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Re: Ouachita National Forest - camping and hiking advice
« Reply #18 on: September 06, 2017, 07:20:54 PM »
...My main gripe is that it still feels a bit like the South. Still a little humid, still lots of chiggers, ticks, and mosquitoes...

It feels like the South because it IS the South.  I love Arkansas but I stay out of the woods in the summer mainly because of the chiggers.  You don't know you've been in them until about two days later when you're scratchin' bites like a madman.  Fall (and the magic 41F temp. at which chiggers die) will be here soon, though.   :icon_smile:

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Re: Ouachita National Forest - camping and hiking advice
« Reply #19 on: September 07, 2017, 07:35:50 PM »
Is that 3rd picture from the Goat Trail?

Awesome trip!  Temps and bugs are a lot better from late October on, but each season has its own appeal.

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Re: Ouachita National Forest - camping and hiking advice
« Reply #20 on: September 08, 2017, 05:21:40 PM »
That 3rd picture is actually next to Whitaker Point.  It's a beautiful, but heavily traveled trail. There were LOTS of people out there, but it was still worth seeing.


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Re: Ouachita National Forest - camping and hiking advice
« Reply #21 on: September 08, 2017, 10:03:12 PM »
So glad you had a good time! great pictures, I think Ill go back for thanksgiving

 


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