|19 Miles||Out & Back System||10.2 Total Climbing Miles||1,857' Max||10.4% Avg Grade|
|106.8 Climb Index||100% Singletrack||9.0 Total Descending Miles||663' Min||44.9% Max Grade|
Overview: I am writing this mostly from memory as I have only ridden this one time and it has been awhile back. This section of the O.T. starts off with a pretty good little climb right off the bat but don't overdo it this is just the warm up. You will keep climbing for a while as you slowly make your way up to the top of the mountains. There are a few steep sections and some hike-a-bike sections. Once on the top the trail really seems to be a little more forgiving with some really great exposed sections to see the valley below. Even though you are at the top don't think it is going to be a piece of cake from here. The trail goes up and down with lots of grade reversals. You can tell by the stats above that this section has some pretty steep climbs so be ready for some climbing. There are a few tricky sections that will put some off their bikes. There are some really fast and fun down hills along this section so you’re not always climbing, it just seems like you do a lot of going down and coming back up. There is some ridge riding and with scenery like this section offers it's hard to keep your eye on the trail. Once you reach the zenith which is the Ouachita Pinnacle be prepared for some really great scenery and great views of Lake Ouachita. This section of the Ouachita Trail is rugged and at times makes you wonder why you’re out there, but the payoffs are worth it from the scenery to some really nice single track.
Recommended Route: The best route is to start at Hwy 298 and ride toward Hwy 7. You will need to setup a shuttle and it can be a little of a pain, just get an early start.
Rating: This ride is for intermediates and up with some good conditioning. It is a long ride so bring plenty of water and food.
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|Fourche Mountain||Mena||26 miles||Int|
|Little Blakely||Hot Springs||17 miles||Int|
|Lake Ouachita Vista||Mount Ida||36.5 miles||Int|
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Mount Ida, AR