Fifteen TrailBlazers, including two newcomers, took the short, scenic drive up to Devils Den to hike the Quail Valley Trail on a warm, sunny afternoon. Little did we know just what we were letting ourselves in for, but you will need to be patient to find out! The trailhead is on the road before you enter the park itself and there is room for a handful of cars on the right side of the road.
Twenty trailblazers made the trek south to hike the LOViT (Lake Ouachita Vista Trail). We hiked 4.5 miles from the Joplin store to Tompkins Bend. This quartz-lined trail winds through the woods with several beautiful lake views.
Fourteen Trailblazers braved the cold winds early on this Saturday morning. The sky was clear and sun bright. By the time we crossed the footbridge above the falls, the warmth had taken over. We should have known this would happen; it always warms once the uphill starts. We hiked to the overlook on the north side of the falls and then to Rock House Cave.
Twenty-six TrailBlazers, including some new faces, and one canine under the command of Captain Linda headed up to Lake Fort Smith State Park on a warm afternoon to hike the Boston Mountain Trail. This is a new trail not only for the park but also for the club. The trailhead is just to the right of the entrance to the parking lot.
We had a great January hike. The sunny skies really helped in keeping the body warm, even though the wind would occasionally chill the bones. Temps were above freezing which helped, too. Bill thought it was good enough weather, so he rode his motorcycle to the trailhead.