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Dayhike, Sam’s Throne, trail & social trail, moderate to difficult, 3-4 miles, Judi Nail and Robert Medley, hike leaders


Name of Outing:  Sam’s Throne

Day, Date:  Saturday, 19 October 2019

Location: Ozark National Forest, 5 mi south of Mt Judea AR on AR Hwy 123

Type of Hike: Dayhike, mostly social trail, with light exploratory bushwhacking.

Hike Distance: 3-4 miles

Vertical Elevation Distance: 400 feet (from lowest elevation to highest point in hike)

Rating: Moderate to difficult due to small amount of scrambling up a crevice to the top of Sam’s Throne

Features: This area is popular with rock climbers and some say that Sam’s Throne offers hikers the best views in Arkansas. There are really two overlooks here: Coming from the parking area, the top of the first bluff affords views toward Sam’s Throne itself—a rock promontory which stands like a throne separated a short distance from the main bluffline. Then follow the base of the bluff along rock walls, small caves, and overhangs through the woods and scramble up a crevice to the top of Sam’s Throne for panoramic views into Big Creek Valley to the west and Cave Creek Valley to the east. Depending on time, there may be an opportunity for viewing other optional sights nearby.

Hike Leaders: Judi Nail and Robert Medley (contact hike leader for info)

Telephone & Email: 870-421-6824 (Judi) or jnail1113@gmail.com ; 417-274-7249 (Robert) or rww22@centurytel.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 8:40 a.m. for a quick-stop at the gas station/store in Marble AR; or,
  • Meet at the trailhead parking area at Sam’s Throne at 10:30 a.m.

Driving Distance: One-way driving distance from the Fayetteville carpool to the trailhead at Sam’s Throne is 93 miles via AR Hwy 45/US Hwy 412/AR Hwys 21-74-123.

Comments: Bring water, lunch, rain gear, gloves and wear hiking boots. Bushwhacks are non-trail hikes which are more challenging 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 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.

Calendar for 2019 Fall Outing Season (Saturdays):

Oct 5 Brian Thompson – OHT Indian Creek to Lick Branch
Oct 12 Jeff Montgomery – The new “Karst Trail” at Hobbs.
Oct 19 Judi Nail, Robert Medley; Sam’s Throne
Oct 26 David Justice, Lincoln Lake with light side bushwhacking

Nov 2 Kathy Sparks, Lake Wedington trails
Nov 9 Ozark Society Fall Meeting
Nov 16 Steve Singleton, hike to be determined
Nov 23 Luke Parsch; BRH-OHT S. Maumee Red to Spring Creek
Nov 30 (Thanksgiving Weekend)
Dec 7 Norma Senyard, hike to be determined
Dec 14 Rodger Keesee, Jackies Hllw/Sneeds crk bushwhack
Dec 28 Rick Pendley, to be determined
Jan 1 Barbara Fell – Lake Fayetteville