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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!

Upcoming Hikes

Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 - Lake Alma Trail
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 - Pedestal Rocks-Kings Bluff
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 - Maranoni Scenic Area

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Hike Report

2014-11-08 Seven Hollows at Petit Jean
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With our own Buffalo Bob once again leading the charge, 27 TrailBlazers, one canine and an African gray headed over toward Dardenelle to hike the Seven Hollows. En route one of our drivers was on autopilot and accidentally pulled off at Mickey Dee’s in Clarksville, a favorite watering hole for many of our hikes, but wild horses couldn’t make Yours Truly reveal the name, though bribery might work! The parking lot was packed at the trailhead and it was a little brisk with most people bundled up with the exception of Yours Truly who figured it wasn’t worth the bother since we get warmed up on the trail anyway. It is not an exceptional year for fall color but nonetheless there was color on the trail, mostly gold and orange.

Showing our versatility, we hiked the loop counterclockwise today checking out a cave along the bluff line and enjoying the color as we headed to the Natural Bridge. Next we trekked up the bluff to play around on Turtle Rocks. Back on the trail, we scrambled up on a huge pile of rocks to eat lunch. Of course, the next stop was the side trip to the Grotto where the falls were dripping steadily and our patriotic Canadian friend was a no-show – inside joke that was shared with those who didn’t know!

It warmed up considerably on the trail, so it turned out to be a beautiful autumn day to be on the trail with a bunch of friends.
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