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The TrailBlazers Hiking Club is a group based in Fort Smith, Arkansas, dedicated to enjoying the outdoors in the Ozarks and Ouachita Mountains of western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. THCFS schedules several hikes a month, some long and some short, some difficult and some more laid-back. Some of us have hiked for years and some just started, but we all enjoy the outdoors. If this describes you and you're in the area, you're welcome in our group!
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|Saturday, Mar. 28, 2015 - Brushy Creek Loop|
|Saturday, Apr. 11, 2015 - Mt Kessler|
|Friday, Apr 17 - Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 - Buffalo Lodge Weekend|
|Saturday, Apr. 25, 2015 - Waterfall hike|
|Sunday, May 3, 2015 - Spring Finale at Devils Den State Park|
2015-03-28 Brushy Creek aka Wet Crossings
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Eight TrailBlazers under the command of Judith and Ed made the scenic drive down to the Ouachitas enjoying the green grass, serviceberry, and red buds en route. The day started out cloudy and cool and turned out to be a great day for hiking. Arriving at the parking area we were surprised to see cars everywhere, even on the road. It turns out that umpteen people were there for a mountain bike ride on the trails. Fortunately we only saw a few riders where we hiked.
We decided to hike starting at the creek and then the fun began. The creek twists and turns and winds around and today the water was running well. We had at least three wet crossings requiring boots off, several hoppers, one hybrid that could be done in the water or wobbling on a log balance beam, a couple of pussyfooters over rocks and gravel, and everything else in between! It seems like we were on the Wash-ita trail! Boots certainly come off faster than putting them back on trying to pull socks over damp feet. After this we hiked up a steep trail/road for quite a while, huff-puff, and eventually found a long log where all of us could eat lunch. Next we hiked up and down until we came to a beautiful overlook with great views of the creek and the area where we had started the hike. After crossing a couple of bridges – where were the bridges when we really needed them! – we walked down a wooden staircase to the big bridge that leads back to the parking lot. .
We really had a neat hike with good weather and we came home with very clean feet.