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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, Dec 13, 2014 - Maranoni Scenic Area
Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 - Butterfield Trail at Devils Den State Park
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 - Bluff and Coon Creek Trails at Robbers Cave State Park
Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 - Lee Creek Recreation Area
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 - Big Bluff on the Buffalo River

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Hike Report

2014-12-13 Marinoni Scenic Area
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A baker’s dozen-worth of TrailBlazers under the command of Buffalo Bob headed up the Pig Trail to trek this scenic area of the OHT. We were happy to welcome back Alina from Mena, (that has a ring to it), and her son Peter and friend Sara who are here for a visit. At our rendezvous in Van Buren it was chilly and windy, but fortunately it wasn’t as cold at the trailhead, just gray and damp with lots of wet and slippery leaves. There wasn’t a lot of water in the creek, so we were able to rock-hop it without incident. After the group pic, Yours Truly took the early lead, huffing and puffing her way up the trail. She did take one minor slip on wet leaves that is being reported here before someone else rats her out! (She made an even better pratfall on the return trip!) Richard kept her company by doing a few of his own. His could have been avoided with the use of canes - inside joke!

After a while Bob recaptured the lead and led us through lots of leaves and ferns as we made our way to the descent down into the canyon to see the cascades and then to trek along the towering bluffs to reach the falls in the canyon and the grotto. The falls were flowing but did not have as much water as on some occasions. After eating our lunch near the falls, we hoofed our way back up out of the canyon and meandered our way back down to the creek and trailhead.

It was a good hike in spite of the gray skies. Of course, the sun decided to make a cameo appearance on the ride home. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the TrailBlazers and their families. See y’all on the trails next year!



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