Finally, a beautiful sunny day with no rain so the TrailBlazers could get back on the trails. We were definitely ready to hike after canceling the last two hikes due to rain. Lots of hikers were out and the Centerpoint Trailhead parking lot was packed. Cars were having to park across the street in the overflow lot.
Fourteen showed up for the winter trek at Petit Jean. The day started out really chilly but normal for this time of year. After we crossed the creek and started up the mountain, jackets came off. The breeze and later the cloudy sky kept the temps cool.
Nineteen Trailblazers weren’t afraid to take a chance on the weather to get in a short hike between rain showers. Clouds loomed, but spirits were high, and all were glad to have another excuse to get outdoors and walk. Our trek began behind Judge Parker’s Courthouse, continuing to Belle Point. Views of the Poteau and Arkansas Rivers could be enjoyed from the trail.
Twenty-two intrepid hikers braved cool temperatures that felt downright cold due to the wind that whipped up whitecaps on Cove Lake. We parked in the free parking area on the north side of the dam and hiked the loop in a clockwise manner. We warmed up nicely when we left the main trail to climb to the lookout to view Mt. Magazine. The trip down was way easier and the rest of the hike more moderate.