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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, Oct 25, 2014 - Hawksbill Crag/Lost Valley
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
Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 - Trails at Mt Kessler
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 - Pedestal Rocks-Kings Bluff

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Hike Report

2014-10-18 Mt Nebo
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After a the washout last week of our first official hike of the season, 15 TrailBlazers, 2 canines, and one African gray had a beautiful day to drive to Mt.Nebo. We hiked the Rim Tail under the command of Gene, our own Nebo Dude at his home away from home. We must have been well-behaved at our kickoff picnic because some newcomers decided to come back and we had a brand new one too!

Starting out near the swimming pool, we hiked south, scrambling carefully down the rocky steps (that seem to get steeper and rockier every year!). There were hazy views to the east that became less hazy as we hiked around Sunrise Point on the south end. Along the way we saw some wildflowers still in bloom, lots of beauty berry, and some hints of fall, namely red sumac and some lovely golden orange leaves. We trekked north to enjoy the view at Sunset Point before continuing on to the Visitors Center where we ate lunch.

When we completed the loop, Gene dragged us to his mountain hideaway and poured root beer floats down our throats. OK, OK, so he didnít drag and pour! We went willingly and wild horses couldnít have kept us away. We slurped away either sitting on the porch, or at the picnic table, or on the grass enjoying the lovely weather and view. Thank you, Gene!



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