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Old 02-19-2012, 09:15 PM   #1
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Mt Ida, Ark info

Im in need of some detail info and was hoping to get some assistance. I am going to be up in Mt Ida either the first or second weekend in March. I am looking for single track or some of those lessor traveled forest roads like what I can find when I am up near Jasper.

I have been doing quite a bit fo research over the last week on ADVRIDER and also TWTEX and some google investigation as well. I havent found much except WOLF Pen Gap and thats not what I am looking for. I will be on my sreet legal 500 XCW and my neighbor will be on his 525 EXC also street legal.



Can you guys provide some detail please.
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Old 02-20-2012, 03:10 AM   #2
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plenty of dirt roads to explore up around the Jasper/Murry area...if you have mapsource, you can make some routes/trax and load em up in your gps and go get lost..lots to see up here...keep your eye open for the Kissin tree...it's south of Jasper.



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Old 02-20-2012, 06:14 AM   #3
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Thanks doc for the affirmation I am quite familiar with the Jasper and the Low Gap area. I love it up there.

However like I said above I am going to be in Mt Ida just west of Lake Ouchita.


I have looked on map source as well but not finding much of anything. I did get maps from the forest service of all the forest roads but I was hoping to get some first hand references on what direction to head and where to go. You know as well as I the maps only tell about 25% of the story where experience makes up the rest. In Colorado I don't mind winging it but Arkansas is not the same beast.

Any help you guys could provide would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:26 AM   #4
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Maybe Nate will stop by or Arkansasrider guy. There are some who know that country pretty good.... Look through the sticky 'ride report' thread..... Xon knows but he got hurt bad & is in the hospital...
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:00 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info. I have been threw the ark ride report a time or two I must be missing something. I'll print it out this evening and read it all to make sure I don't miss something
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:10 AM   #6
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Thanks doc for the affirmation I am quite familiar with the Jasper and the Low Gap area. I love it up there.

However like I said above I am going to be in Mt Ida just west of Lake Ouchita.


I have looked on map source as well but not finding much of anything. I did get maps from the forest service of all the forest roads but I was hoping to get some first hand references on what direction to head and where to go. You know as well as I the maps only tell about 25% of the story where experience makes up the rest. In Colorado I don't mind winging it but Arkansas is not the same beast.

Any help you guys could provide would be greatly appreciated.
The maps for the Ouachita NF have been recently updated and wouldn't advise anyone from straying. Not saying, I wouldn't stray, I just wouldn't make it public. The nice thing about Mt. IDA, is you have great forest roads, all around. If it was me, I would map a route(GPS, Forest Maps), allow for a couple reroutes and go from there. arkridergc, apostle2 and arkansawyer will likely be your best ADVRider sources for info. I would PM them.

Here is a link to a day ride from Petit Jean to Mt. Ida but you could reverse the routes, etc..
http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...ght=arkridergc

Here is a link to the Ouachita NF Maps
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/ou...448&width=full

There are some OHV routes scattered throughout the Ouachita NF and these are marked on the maps. Also, if you know someone with a "KEY" to the gates of land owned by International Paper, you'll have more riding options. That being said, some of the paper land has been up for sale and you might convince a realtor to grant you a day pass. I hope you enjoy your time in AR.

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Old 02-20-2012, 10:21 AM   #7
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I have been through Mt. Ida on the way to the Mena area. A lot of good riding around Mena that doesn't involve Wolf Pen Gap. I saved some tracks somewhere. If you want them "and I can figure out how to post them" let me know.
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:24 AM   #8
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Yes I'll take any and all I can get then I will make a detail of my travels for others
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:05 PM   #9
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Just north of Mt Ida is a great single track called Wombly Trail.

Just sneak in and out and you'll be fine.

Just kiddin...

There is some single track on Lake Greeson. I think they have a Harescramble somewhere over there by the lake. It is west of Kirby on 70 somewhere.

Not a lot of help....
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:11 PM   #10
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Just north of Mt Ida is a great single track called Wombly Trail.

Just sneak in and out and you'll be fine.

Just kiddin...

There is some single track on Lake Greeson. I think they have a Harescramble somewhere over there by the lake. It is west of Kirby on 70 somewhere.

Not a lot of help....
not much..that's the last thing I need to do is turn on some bicycle single track and tick off everyone and there brother.
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:01 PM   #11
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This is south of Mt. Ida but try Kirby Landing area, just east of Daisy & west of Kirby, AR

From Hot Springs
Take Hwy.
70 S. 42 miles thru Glenwood to
Kirby.

From Arkadelphia
Take Hwy. 8
West to Amity then Hwy. 84 west to

Kirby


From Kirby
Take Hwy. 70 W.
2.2 miles to Kirby Landing Rd. then

south to start (1 mi.)

ADR is planning to have a AHSCS harescramble race there 11 March.






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Old 02-20-2012, 06:07 PM   #12
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Thats it!!


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This is south of Mt. Ida but try Kirby Landing area, just east of Daisy & west of Kirby, AR


From Hot Springs
Take Hwy.
70 S. 42 miles thru Glenwood to
Kirby.

From Arkadelphia


Take Hwy. 8
West to Amity then Hwy. 84 west to
Kirby


From Kirby


Take Hwy. 70 W.
2.2 miles to Kirby Landing Rd. then
south to start (1 mi.)

ADR is planning to have a AHSCS harescramble race there 11 March.








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Old 02-20-2012, 07:02 PM   #13
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any decent riding in SW arkansas

thumb back to page 11 of the "teja and the gulf states" section.
find the thread entitled "any decent riding in SW arkansas?"
it contains useful info about "bear creek cycle trail"; it's a dedicated dirt bike/atv trail located on corps of engineers land to the immediate east of lake greeson.
it's an excellent woods ride - but no place for folks who aren't serious about single track.....
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:21 PM   #14
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I've broken a couple of bones over there around Greeson.
Your bikes are more than capable. How serious are you as riders? Wanting to see ghost towns, hard single track, pretty scenery?

The museum at Mt. Ida is nice.
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:02 PM   #15
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I've broken a couple of bones over there around Greeson.
Your bikes are more than capable. How serious are you as riders? Wanting to see ghost towns, hard single track, pretty scenery?

The museum at Mt. Ida is nice.
We are both serious riders but we drive at WWII tank speeds. I have broken alot of bones in my life and over the years have had enough stitches to make a couple pair of jeans. Ha! For me its all about scenery example.


http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/48171...575424&k=2xBbs

this was one of my 14 trips to Colorado. I am 6"1 255 and the SE was great but 98 hp and 400lbs flat wore me out and hence the change back to the wonderful world of thumpers. This trip was 50% forest roads and 50% passes like Hancock, Tincup, slaughterhouse, cumberland, cinnamon, alpine tunnel, and various unlisted single track sets. No pics on the single tracks as with the 400lb beast I was a bit busy hanging on staying alive. I saw a lot of old mines, ghost and mountains towns and wildlife. I like it all.

I am in it to get away from joe public and relax and enjoy the scenery on jeep roads and tighter track. Maybe sneek into somewhere for lunch and gas then disappear back off into the woods.

While I'll always love Colorado I was born and raised in PA. and Arkansas is a lot more like back home in the allegheny national forest. Not to mention the fact that it's a lot closer.




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