Thirty-one TrailBlazers headed to Hawksbill Crag on a beautiful morning. We took the Pig Trail and as we got into the mountains began to see glimpses of snow in the distance. We turned onto Cave Mountain Road and were treated to a snowy landscape all the way to the trailhead.
Twenty-four TrailBlazers headed out to the Ozark Highland Trail with the intention of hiking from FR1547 to Big Piney Trailhead past Haw Creek campground. But, despite much searching and discussion as we drove along FR 1547, we never found where the trail crosses the road. So, we hatched an alternate plan.
Nineteen Trailblazers, 2 canines and 2 hikers we found on the road to the Sphinx had a perfect day for hiking the Ozarks. We started on the short, but steep hike up to the rock formation known as the Arkansas Sphinx. There we met Jen and Joey, from Bentonville, looking for the trail head. They parked and joined us on the hike. Everyone who attempted the hike up the mountain made it to the top. The trip down was a little more treacherous with several slips and falls, but luckily only one dislocated finger. He was goofing around later in the day so I guess he wasn't injured too badly.
Twenty TrailBlazers and one canine under the command of Captain Linda headed up the Pig Trail on a cold and gray morning to hike the loop that is across from the Redding Campground. The good news was that no rain was predicted and none materialized for our 7 1/2 mile hike (if electronic devices are to be believed!).
Twenty-six TrailBlazers, including several welcome new faces, finally launched our first hike of 2016 on a new trail for the club, the Greenwood Trail up to Bell Park on top of a bluff. The weather did not cooperate last week, so with Becky at the helm it was great to get the lead out after a hiatus of several weeks!