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16 Miles Out & Back System 8.4 Total Climbing Miles  1,457' Max 5.0% Avg Grade
42 Climb Index 100% Singletrack 5.8 Total Descending Miles 797' Min 31.3% Max Grade

Overview: The write up below was written before the flood that devastated this area back in 2010. I rode Little Mo the Monday before the flood, some of the pictures and videos are from that Monday. I have not been back to Little Mo since that Monday but I have been told that the trail is back in shape. Just remember the 18 souls who lost their lives in this flood while you are riding this trail.

Starting from the Little Missouri Falls trailhead take the bridge over the river and head up the some what paved trail. It is at this point that you will get some great views of the Little Missouri river and the falls as well as some really cool looking rock formations. Continue on down the trail and it will eventually turn into some singletrack. The trail will do some climbing and descending along this section as well as a little ridge ridging. You will eventually come to a section where you are going to have to wade across the Little Mo at this point and not just once but twice. If the area has gotten a lot of rain recently then I suggest you turn around and not attempt the crossing. Once across the trail will level out for awhile and is pretty gentle as it runs through the flood plains of the Little Mo. You will have some climbing to do which is probably the biggest climb out there, but don't fret its not to bad or real long. Once on the top the trail will once again level out a bit with the occasional climb and descent routine. You will eventually come to the old Albert Pike Recreation area. Continue on through the recreation area following the dirt road until you come to a trail darting off to your left this will take you to the southern most trailhead of the Little Missouri.

Recommended Route: We normally start at the Little Missouri Falls trailhead and ride south to Albert Pike and then turn around and head back. I want to say this about 10 miles one-way.

Rating: I would suggest this trail for intermediates and advanced riders. Advanced beginners will probably do alright out here as well. This is not a trail for a novice rider. The climbs are not too bad. There are technical areas that require good bike skills but all these places can be walked. There are no bail outs.

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Trail City Length Skill
Athens Big Fork Glenwood 9.5 miles Int
Bear Creek ATV Glenwood 31 miles Int
Big Brushy Complex Mena 15.5 miles Int
Brush Heap Loop Glenwood 16.5 miles Int
Charlton Mount Ida 4 miles Beg
Eagle Rock Loop Glenwood 24 miles Int
Earthquake Ridge Mena 6 miles Int
Fourche Mountain Mena 26 miles Int
Lake Ouachita Vista Mount Ida 36.5 miles Int
Ouachita Trail Mena 104 miles Int
Rich Mountain Mena 8 miles Int
Shady Lake Mena 3.5 miles Int
Viles Branch Glenwood 13.5 miles Int
Wolf Pen Gap Mena 42 miles Beg
Womble Mount Ida 35 miles Int

Glenwood, AR

Clear

54°F

MAX 54.0°F, MIN 49°F
Humidity:
85%
Visibility:
16.1km
Wind:
3.2km/h West

FORECAST

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MAX 83°F

MIN 67°F

Wed

MAX 73°F

MIN 46°F

Thu

MAX 74°F

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Arkansas Trail Rules

Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures — ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail.

Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.

Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.

Yield Appropriately: Riders yeild to foot and horse traffic. Riders traveling downhill should yeild to ones headed uphill, unless signed for oneway or downhill traffic only.

Never Scare Animals: Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you.

Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.