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Pine Hollow Round Rocks Loop, Upper Buffalo Wilderness, bushwhack, 4.3 miles, difficult, Terry Fredrick, Hike Leader

Day, Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020

Name of Hike: Pine Hollow Round Rocks Loop

Location: Upper Buffalo Wilderness, Ozark National Forest near Mossville AR, south of Boxley Valley

Type of Hike: Bushwhack (non-trail hike), day hike, loop

Hike Distance: 4.3 mi

Vertical Elevation Difference: 700 ft

Rating: Difficult, due to a combination of elevation change (700 feet), absence of trail, undergrowth, uneven terrain, and scrambling over steep slopes and large boulders.

Features: On this bushwhack in the Upper Buffalo Wilderness we will explore a geologic oddity in Pine Hollow. In a jumble of rock slabs in a narrow hollow, large round rocks are embedded in the slabs. These metamorphic rocks, the size of basketballs, are called concretions. Many have fallen to the bottom of a ravine. We will see other interesting rock formations and several waterfalls.

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

Telephone & Email: 479-422-7776 M; terrfre@att.net
(telephone is preferred

Meeting Place and Time:  Departure times/places for this Jan 18th outing are:

  • Meet at Root School, 1529 E Mission Blvd in Fayetteville AR for carpooling and an 8:15 a.m. departure, or,
  • Meet at 8:55 a.m. at the gas station/store in Marble AR, or
  • Meet at 9:45 a.m. at the Mossville church on AR Hwy 21 four miles south of Boxley Valley

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.

List of Scheduled Hikes for Winter/Spring 2020:
January 1 – 14th Annual New Year’s Day hike at Lake Fayetteville, led by Molly Saxon
January 4th – Kingfisher Trail at Lake Sequoia, led by Eunice and Frank Millet
January 11th – Waterfall Hike starting at Cherry Bend Trailhead, led by JB Clark
January 18th – “Round Rocks” hike in Upper Buffalo Wilderness, led by Terry Fredrick
January 25th –
February 1st –
February 8th – Brenda Brown will lead her birthday hike (there is talk of an all Ozark Society hike to a special interest area-things may change}
February 15th – Norma Senyard will lead a hike to be determined
February 22nd –
February 29th –
March 7th –
March 14th –
March 21st –
March 28th –