Twenty-two intrepid hikers braved cool temperatures that felt downright cold due to the wind that whipped up whitecaps on Cove Lake.  We parked in the free parking area on the north side of the dam and hiked the loop in a clockwise manner.  We warmed up nicely when we left the main trail to climb to the lookout to view Mt. Magazine.  The trip down was way easier and the rest of the hike more moderate. 

Read more: 2018-01-07 Cove Lake

Eleven TrailBlazers drove up to Lake Fort Smith to participate in the Great Arkansas Cleanup at the park.  After signing up some worked in the campground area and 6 others went out in canoes to pick up junk in the lake.  They were given T-shirts that said either Volunteer or Clean - Green.

Read more: 2017-9-23 Great Arkansas Cleanup at Lake Fort Smith

Thirteen TrailBlazers braved the elements to hike White Rock Mountain Rim Loop.  

Read more: 2017-12-17 Foggy White Rock Loop

Eleven Trailblazers braved the cold to hike the Lost Bridge Loop at Beaver Lake.  Although it was a beautiful winter day, there was only one other car in the parking lot and we never saw another person on the trail.

Read more: 2017-12-09 Lost Bridge at Beaver Lake

Eleven Trailblazers braved the cold to hike the Lost Bridge Loop at Beaver Lake.  Although it was a beautiful winter day, there was only one other car in the parking lot and we never saw another person on the trail.

Read more: 2017-12-09 Lost Bridge at Beaver Lake

Who would have thought on December 2 that fifteen Trailblazers would have took off hiking to Hawksbill Crag in short sleeves. Of course it was a nice hike down to the Crag enjoying the rock formations along the bluff line. But it was a hot hike back up hill. 

 

Read more: 2017-12-02 Hawksbill Crag and Lost Valley

We were surprised to find that the Corp didn't know we were coming... and the gates to the parking lot were locked. You can't keep us from the trails, so we entered (at our own risk). 

Read more: 2017-11-26 Post Thanksgiving Turkey Trot at Lee Creek