Highlands Chapter Dayhike: Devil’s Canyon Loop Bushwhack

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Non-trail bushwhack, strenuous/difficult, 4.5 miles.  Don Bridges and JB Clark, Hike Leaders

This week Don Bridges and JB Clark will lead an exciting hike to Devil’s Canyon, which is close to Fern. This is a bushwhack where hikers will drop through a bear crack into the canyon and then explore along the creeks while visiting 3 waterfalls (maybe more if it keeps raining). The meeting place will be the Wal Mart parking lot on Martin Luther King Blvd for carpooling and an 8:30 am departure. Please see details below:

THIS WEEK’s Outing February 16, 2019: Devil’s Canyon Loop

Day, Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019
Name of Hike: Devil’s Canyon Loop
Type of Hike: Dayhike, Bushwhack, Loop
Hiking Distance: 4.5 miles
Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 400 feet
Rating: Difficult due to scrambling over rocks, stream crossings, scrambling down steep slopes, absence of trail
Features: This “scenic area” is rugged, but it is located near the highway and is easy to get to—at least to the edge of it. Hiking around inside the area is another matter—there are no trails, and the terrain is challenging, but the rewards are plenty. There are two major waterfalls (63’ and 18’), and we depart the canyon through a bear crack. For more info see Tim Ernst (Arkansas Waterfalls, 2d Ed., pp. 245-247).
Hike Leader: Don Bridges: 479 633 4119, gofigure243@hotmail.com or JB Clark:479-442-5091 H; 479-422-0869 M; julianbclark@yahoo.com
Meeting Place and Time:

  • Meet at the parking lot of Wal-Mart on Martin Luther King for carpooling for an 8:30 a.m. departure; or,
  • Meet in Fern AR at the bend in AR Hwy 215 at 9:30 a.m.

Driving Distance: One-way driving distance from Fayetteville to the Fern AR community is 45 miles. The trailhead is two miles beyond on dirt road.
Comments: Bring water, lunch, rain gear, gloves, and wear hiking boots. Bushwhacks are non-trail hikes which are generally more difficult than trail hikes. If you have never done a bushwhack hike, contact the hike leader first to find out about the challenges of the hike. No pets are allowed on any hikes, 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 to take part in any Ozark Society outing. Everyone is welcome to hike with the OSHC, whether an Ozark Society member or not.