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This Saturday, probably rain or shine, Terry Fredrick will be leading a hike into the Ponca Wilderness and exploring Indian Creek. This hike is rated as being very difficult (and rugged) and beautiful. If you have any questions please call Terry. The meeting time is for an 8:00 departure from Root School. Other details can be found in the hike announcement below. This week’s hike: Indian Creek bushwack Day, Date:  Saturday, March 23, 2019

Name of Hike: Indian Creek Loop

Location:  Ponca Wilderness, Buffalo National River near Kyles Landing

Type of Hike:  Dayhike, Bushwhack

Hiking Distance:  5.0 miles

Vertical Elevation Distance:  900 ft

Rating:  Very difficult due to absence of trail, stream crossings, undergrowth, scrambling over slippery surfaces and large boulders, scrambling up and down steep slopes which require the use of ropes, ascent of a vertical rock wall, crawling near and negotiating high ledges.

Features:  This is a very difficult hike, but you will be rewarded with some of the most spectacular scenery in the Ozarks including the Eye of the Needle, Arkansas Cave, and impressive waterfalls.  There will be hiking on narrow ledges, much scrambling and the use of ropes in two areas.  We will hike from Kyles Landing up the Indian Creek drainage beyond the Eye of the Needle and return via the horse trail and Buffalo River Trail.  Ken Smith calls Indian Creek “…the Ozarks’ most rugged canyon.”  For more info, see Ken Smith (Buffalo River Handbook, pp. 323-325), or Tim Ernst (Arkansas Nature Lover’s Guidebook, pp. 108-109; or, Buffalo River Hiking Trails #4, pp. 86-88).

Hike Leader:  Terry Fredrick (contact hike leader for more info)

Telephone & Email:  479-422-7776 M; terrfre@att.net

Meeting Place and Time:  Meet at Root School on 1529 E Mission Blvd in Fayetteville for carpooling for an 8:00 a.m. departure; or, meet at 8:45 a.m. for a quick-stop at the gas station/store in Marble AR; or, meet at 9:30 a.m. at the west end of the parking area at Kyles Landing in the Buffalo National River Park.

Driving Distance:  One-way driving distance from the Fayetteville carpool to Kyles Landing via AR Hwy 45/US Hwy 412/AR Hwys 21/43/74 is 70 miles.  The final 2.6 mi is on steep, dirt road.

Comments:  This is one of the most challenging bushwhacks the Ozark Society undertakes each year.  This is not a hike to be taken lightly, and if you have never done a bushwhack hike, or if you have never done Indian Creek, you should contact Terry to determine if you are up to the challenge.  In anticipation of this bushwhack it will be essential that all hike participants bring the following items:  at least 2 liters of water, lunch, hiking footwear, rain gear, and gloves for use with ropes.  Moreover, hike leader Terry Fredrick reserves the right to assess the physical ability of anyone to do this hike, and to deny permission to participate if he deems them to be unfit or unprepared.  No pets are allowed on any hikes, minors must be accompanied by guardians, and children under 12 years are not allowed on difficult hikes.  Participants are required to sign a “liability release” http://www.ozarksociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/OS-Sign-Up_Sheet_rev4.pdf

at the trailhead to take part in any Ozark Society outing.  Everyone is welcome to hike with the OSHC, whether an Ozark Society member or not.

*Highlands Chapter hike announcements and links to pictures of previous OSHC hikes are found at  https://www.ozarksociety.net/chapters/highlands/