This trip has been planned for several months and after having just returned two weeks prior from a week in the Colorado Rockies snowshoeing, it was evident Spring had arrived in the Ozarks. The OHT runs 165 miles with two additional sections which are not currently connected but total nearly 200 miles. Someday it is supposed to connect to the Ozark trail in Missouri for nearly 1000 miles of trail
This section of the OHT was done west to east beginning at White Rock Mountain (MM18 to MM 37) and ending at Cherry Bend trailhead. Total mile with trail spurs was 20.1 Tim Ernst book was the reference. In the week prior to this hike the area had received between 6 and 10 inches of rain. I had called the Ranger Station the day prior to the hike and was advised the creeks were impassable. We knew we had at least three wet crossings and if we could not accomplish those, we were in for at least 7 additional miles of bushwacking to get around the,
The morning at White Rock started very cool at about 45 degrees and foggy
The trail again drops off to a huge bluff that you walk under until the TH spur trail meets with the main OHT
Hiking partner for the trip is for scale..
The spring rains had all the plants and grasses green and ready to bloom as you work your way toward the main trail
After a short trip the main trail comes into view
Edited by NWA395, 29 March 2012 - 08:36 PM.