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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-31-2008, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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Well I wrote off topic becasue the trip was an ATV trip and not Jeep related.

A group of six of us went up to Mena AR to the Wolf Pen Gap ATV Trails in the Ouachita National Forest. There are approximately 41 miles of ATV trails that range from simple flat trails to extreme trails that take some pretty vertical climbs.

The area is gorgeous, tons of trees, bubbling brooks, a couple caves, an old mine and just some pretty scenery.

They apparently allow any off-road vehicle on the trails and that was apparent when we came upon a group. They had an international scout that had broken the third member and they were attempting to pull it out. They did not have any shackles or anything and were trying to tie their strap, so I took a hit and gave them my tractor supply$30 shackle , guess i'll have to buy another, but didn't want to leave wheelers stranded. The Jeep was trying to pull the international, but the red clay mud was giving them hell. They only had a little ways to go, but I figured it was going totake them another couple hours to get out.

I would not recommend taking anything bigger than an ATV on the trails due to their narrow width. We had to turn around and go back the other direction because there was no room to go by and in fact the turn around was something like a three of for point turn due to the narrow trail with a sttep cliff on one side.

If you are in it for the scenery, there are a ton of forest service roads that are nice and remote and cross streams, etc. that are worth checking out if your in the area.

Here are some pics we took, although there are not alot of trail pics since we were riding most of the time. I'd recommend checking it out if your in the area, we'll be going back and are already planning a trip for the Oklahoma side.

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That looks like it was a swell trip. Nice cabin you had. It's a great place for ATVs, but even a narrow-track would be dicey in a lot of those places. Too bad.

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I'm surprised they had anything like that in there. The last time I looked at the rules at the trail head, they were only open to cycles and atvs. But at that time the trails had been pretty well trashed by an ice storm too. There's a lot of roads to run in a jeep around there too. A lot of scenery you won't see on the highway. No rock climbing or mud running, just forest service roads. I service a radio on one of the mountains and usually try to find a different way out to Hwy 71 from there.
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I forgot about this trip.

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Well......why'd you do that? It was a good time. Hopefully we will be going back before they close everything down in September,,,,,%#^@*

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