Date(s) - 19/04/2017 - 23/04/2017
9:01 am - 4:09 pm
Albert Pike Camping area
OK. here’s the updated schedule. I plan on arriving Tuesday night sometime at the Winding Stairs trail head, there is parking for about 12 cars. You have to go down the trail a bit towards the river if you want to set up camp or just sleep in the car. If parking lot is full we can shuttle some cars to another area. Carpool if you can.
Wednesday April 19th: Start from Winding stairs trail head. Clockwise to just beyond Brush Heap Mnt. We will cross Fire Road 106. (bailout point)
Thursday April 20th: Big day today, finish Athens Big Fork Trail (bail out point) continue on to Little Missouri Trail past Little Missouri Falls (bail out point) Continue for 1.5 hours past Little Missouri Falls set up camp.
Friday April 21st: Out and back day. Hike 5 miles to Starting point Winding Stairs Trail Head by 1pm, (bail out point) (resupply from your car time) Your half way done.. Counter clockwise time! At 2pm start the hike back to same campground as night before. We might pick up a few new faces at the mid point from hikers just doing the 2nd loop.
Saturday April 22nd: Athens Big Fork day. (bailout point) We’ll camp somewhere near the Fire Rd 106. (bail out point). You have options this day, to travel as far as you wish.
Sunday April 23rd. Hike to Winding Stairs trail head to finish The Double eagle. You are now a Bad Ass Hiker..Walk proud with your head up but don’t trip.
Driving Directions to the Trailhead: Albert Pike Recreation Area is easy enough to find on a road map, Drive to Albert Pike first, and then take a left on the low water bridge “106” as you enter the park. Winding Stairs Trail Head is on the left about 1 mile or so after you come down the mountain.
Final note. We will be mindful of weather for this trip, flash flooding happens in this area and rivers become un-crossable in the event of storms. Bring water crossing shoes. Trekking poles also help if waters get deep. If storms are happening I will cancel the trip! “Just want to hike not die.”
This trip we will pace ourselves for the long hall about 10 miles a day. You will need a a day or two for recovery after this trip.