OZARK HIGHLANDS TRAIL SECTION FIVE

Sign on the trail.

Connecting my steps on Section Five of the Ozark Highlands Trail.

Day 1 – Fort Douglas To Cedar Creek

The hike started from the trail-head at Fort Douglas in the early evening. It rained heavily that morning, which made for a very wet humid start to the hike. The humid conditions lasted all weekend. The plus of the rain was the trail passes numerous waterfalls.

Sunset - Ozark Highlands Trail
God’s Handiwork!

A little over a mile in, is Haw Creek Falls. These beautiful falls are in a State Recreation Area with nice camping sites. Planning this hike, I had concerns about crossing Haw Creek. Nowhere did it mention it was a low water bridge…

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There’s Someone In My Head And It’s Not Me

Man Crossing Mountain Pass

An interesting phenomenon in the backpacking community is fear mongering on the trail. Even more so, our ability to buy into it so quickly.

Several years ago, we hiked the Buffalo River Trail. The first section of trail had more elevation change than we expected or were conditioned for. As we worked our way up one particularly steep section (for Arkansas), we met a man coming down the hill.

He said, “Just wait until you hit the first hill on the next section!”

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You Are Going To Starve Out There!

Person Walking Alone

Whether you are a thru-hiker, section hiker, ultralight or heavy weight, one constant every backpacker will face is, “What will I eat on the trail?”

Boys Eating Around Campfire

Our challenge is finding something that tastes better than cardboard, can be made from a few ingredients, and requires less than a commercial kitchen to make!

Here are a few trail meals that are light to carry, easy to make and actually taste good!

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