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Backpacker Magazine – June 2009

Rip & Go: Eagle Rock Loop - Ouachita National Forest, AR

Climb riverside bluffs in the South's oldest national forest.

by: Joanna Nasar, Illustration by Supercorn

See this at mile 22.4 (Charlie Williams)
See this at mile 22.4 (Charlie Williams)
River otters (Ken Archer)
River otters (Ken Archer)

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On The Menu
Breakfast 1 Oatmeal
Lunch 1 Salami and mustard sandwiches, carrots
Dinner 1 Summer Mountain Pesto
Breakfast 2 Oatmeal w/dried apples
Lunch 2 Peanut-butter sandwiches and an apple
Dinner 2 Ouachita Risotto
Breakfast 3 Oatmeal
Snacks Energy bars

Summer Mountain Pesto
A light, energy-packed dinner

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup pine nuts
2 tablespoons dried basil leaves
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
4 ounces angel hair pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil

Cook pasta al dente (about 7 minutes). Drain, coat with olive oil, and sprinkle in remaining ingredients. Mix and serve.

Ouachita Risotto
An effortless, gourmet dish

1 cup instant rice
1 chicken bouillon cube
1 bell pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon Parmesan
1 tablespoon bacon bits

Cook instant rice according to package directions, adding bouillon cube to boiling water. Dice pepper and stir into rice along with lemon juice, Parmesan, and bacon bits.

The Grocery List (Aisle # in nearest store below)

[ ] 1 apple (produce)
[ ] 1 lemon (produce)
[ ] 8-oz. jar of peanut butter (7)
[ ] 1 roll of salami (deli)
[ ] 2 mustard packs (1)
[ ] 2 carrots (produce)
[ ] 6 packs oatmeal (8)
[ ] /14 C. dried apples (5)
[ ] 6 energy bars (2)
[ ] 1 C. instant rice(6)
[ ] 1/4 C. pine nuts (1)
[ ] 2 Tbs. dried basil (7)
[ ] 1/2 C. Parmesan (dairy)
[ ] 4 oz. angel hair pasta (6)
[ ] 1 chicken bouillon cube (6)
[ ] 1 bell pepper (7)
[ ] bacon bits (1)
Pack olive oil, garlic powder

Wright's Food Center
102 W. Broadway, Glenwood, AR, 71943; (870) 356-2231

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Jake Drayton
Feb 24, 2011

Ive been there numerous times its not so bad unless u go down the old mine roads there pretty trechrous

Dec 06, 2010

The roads are gravel but I drove my '98 Camry to the Missouri Falls trailhead without difficulty.


Dec 06, 2010

The roads are gravel but I drove my '98 Camry to the Missouri Falls trailhead without difficulty.


May 23, 2010

Going with my 11 year old. Any tips?

May 06, 2010

I would say this is a paved route just looking at the google map view of it. I know that it is paved all the way at least until FR106. And that is right off of the AR 369 part. Also, and you might have already figured this out, there is no I-70. You take I-30 South out of Little Rock and then there is an exit for 70/270 that take you through Hot Springs to Glenwood. I am looking forward to trying this out. Will be my first multi day backpack trip.

D. R.
May 01, 2010

Are the roads to the trail head paved? Or am i gonna need a 4x4 to get in there. A lot of forest service roads i've seen in Southern Ill are pretty rought. I just moved to the area


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