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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. 8, 2014 - Seven Hollows at Petit Jean State Park
Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 - Lake Fort Smith Trails
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 - General Meeting-Tim Ernst Show
Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 - Trails at Mt Kessler
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 - Pedestal Rocks-Kings Bluff
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 - Maranoni Scenic Area

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Hike Report

2014-10-25 Hawksbill Crag and Lost Valley
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With Becky at the helm nineteen TrailBlazers (including some newcomers) headed up the PigTrail on a warm and sunny day in search of adventure and fall color. Color is not yet at its peak but here and there we saw patches of color, mostly gold and orange, with promises of things to come.

Hawksbill Crag is always a popular place but today it was something else. Cars were parked every which way and at a long distance down the road on both sides of the trailhead. It was so cluttered that hikers had trouble even finding the trailhead! There were possibly around 200 trekkers including foreign visitors, so one could be forgiven for thinking there had been a Cecil B. DeMille casting call for extras for a production of epic proportions. Several times our group stepped aside to allow other groups to pass, partly to be polite and mostly because we were outnumbered! Once again the crag withstood all the heavy foot traffic while we explored, ate lunch drinking in the view, and took our group bragging rights photo.

Next we headed to Lost Valley, also stuffed to the gills with cars, where we met up with Bonanza Bob to check out the Natural Bridge and Eden Falls. On the Trail we ran into Monica and Deanís family including a brand new member. It was beautiful day but a tad warm and humid for Yours Truly who felt that if we hadnít scared all the deer away, they would have used her for a saltlick!
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