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    Eagle Rock Loop in Arkansas

    Well this is the main trail that I backpack through. I've been looking for some buddies to go, but everyone doesn't seem too interested with the idea. Wondering if anyone here wants to plan a trip soon? I live about three hours south of here and was raised around this area. Trail is called Eagle Rock Loop, Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas. Just looking for some fellow hangers

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    Just did the loop solo last weekend. Perfect weather. Tons of water. Hope you get the hike in solo or otherwise.
    "One of the best things you can do in this world is take a nap in the woods." ~ Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

    "While it may be a lot of work, the view is best from the summit." ~ an anonymous staff member of Philmont Scout Ranch

    Enjoy the day
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    Haven't tried solo hiking yet. How was it on that aspect? I'm really considering it due to the low amount of people I can find that are interested.

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    I thought I would not enjoy the hike as much solo as with my buddies, but the opportunity to go came up on Wednesday for hiking Friday-Sunday, so I didn't even try to find any hiking buddies.

    I had a blast. Hiked at my pace. Took breaks when I wanted. Went as slow or as fast as I wanted on the creek crossings/shoe changes.

    It was truly relaxing. I wished the loop was about 20 miles longer so I could have stayed out another couple of days alone.

    Take a book or a Kindle. Get to camp, get set up, gather a little firewood (you just need a little fire alone), then just sit back and enjoy.
    "One of the best things you can do in this world is take a nap in the woods." ~ Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

    "While it may be a lot of work, the view is best from the summit." ~ an anonymous staff member of Philmont Scout Ranch

    Enjoy the day
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    Quote Originally Posted by ^shane^ View Post
    I thought I would not enjoy the hike as much solo as with my buddies, but the opportunity to go came up on Wednesday for hiking Friday-Sunday, so I didn't even try to find any hiking buddies.

    I had a blast. Hiked at my pace. Took breaks when I wanted. Went as slow or as fast as I wanted on the creek crossings/shoe changes.

    It was truly relaxing. I wished the loop was about 20 miles longer so I could have stayed out another couple of days alone.

    Take a book or a Kindle. Get to camp, get set up, gather a little firewood (you just need a little fire alone), then just sit back and enjoy.
    Yeah I'm debating it because it's my all time favorite hobby and I want to do it a lot, but everyone else is kind of not into it as much. So I may have to take up solo hiking. Just need the kick start to do so because I'm worried if something were to happen lol. I agree with the relaxing part though. I've been out there three times so far and I always come back with a clear mind. Any tips on solo hiking besides keeping myself entertained?

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    Make your hiking plan ahead of time. Leave a copy of that hiking plan with friends and family. Leave another copy VISIBLE on the dash of your car at your designated parking spot. Then stick to the plan.

    Include the ranger district's phone number on the plan and tell your friends/family to contact the ranger district if you don't return some time after your expected return date/time... i told my wife to wait a day.
    "One of the best things you can do in this world is take a nap in the woods." ~ Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

    "While it may be a lot of work, the view is best from the summit." ~ an anonymous staff member of Philmont Scout Ranch

    Enjoy the day
    Shane

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    I'll go with you, but I need to find the right weekend... The next 2 or 3 weekends will be very busy, but after that I will be free...

    Also, check out backpackingarkansas.com people on there always looking for someone to hike/backpack with...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ^shane^ View Post
    Make your hiking plan ahead of time. Leave a copy of that hiking plan with friends and family. Leave another copy VISIBLE on the dash of your car at your designated parking spot. Then stick to the plan.

    Include the ranger district's phone number on the plan and tell your friends/family to contact the ranger district if you don't return some time after your expected return date/time... i told my wife to wait a day.
    Thanks for the safety heads up Shane!

    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeHouse View Post
    I'll go with you, but I need to find the right weekend... The next 2 or 3 weekends will be very busy, but after that I will be free...

    Also, check out backpackingarkansas.com people on there always looking for someone to hike/backpack with...
    Sounds good SmokeHouse. I'm usually always free during the weekends. Just let me know ahead of time with your info in a PM or something. I think in the next couple weeks I'm going on a short deployment for like a week or so, but that's all that I think would get in the way.

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    ERL info

    You might consider becoming a member of Backpacking Arkansas. There are folks hiking that trail just about every week. Leigh, also a member here,
    just hiked it last weekend and has a lengthy trip report posted. Lots of good info on the trail.

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    Re: Eagle Rock Loop in Arkansas

    Quote Originally Posted by ouachita hiker View Post
    Leigh, also a member here,
    just hiked it last weekend and has a lengthy trip report posted. Lots of good info on the trail.
    On this forum or the other... I don't see it if it's on this forum... I see Shane's trip report from a while back...
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