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OHTA Bulletin 10-01-17 


The OHTA Board will meet at Oark Café at 3:30 p.m. October 8, 2017. We have Board Members from a very large area, so board meetings will meet in various locations. The Western Chapter representative is Mike Lemaster, Eastern is Phil Brown.

We will have a short informative business meeting followed by a program presented by: 

Fred Paillet– Brooks Range Backpacking Trip Composite Fred has spent at least a couple of decades hiking and guiding in Alaskan Brooks Range including guiding for Sierra Club fee outings. Don’t miss it! 

Where is the WCES?  It is still at 2536 McConnell Rd!  To get there from I-540 take Exit 66 south on AR 112 (Garland Ave), turn west at Drake Street stop light to reach McConnell Rd, turn south to WCES near the fair grounds. 36.098 latitude 94.180 longitude for gps users.

DO YOU HAVE WORDPRESS EDITING EXPERIENCE? DO YOU ENJOY WRITING AND PUBLISHING INFORMATIVE, ENTERTAINING ARTICLES? ARE YOU COMPUTER SAVVY? If you answered yes to all, or yes to two or maybe just one, please contact me about assisting with the Bulletin and OHTA Website. Duane Woltjen ozarktraveler1@att.net


The OHTA has seen unprecedented growth over the past few years under the great leadership of an outstanding board of directors and enthusiastic member participation. We have responded to growing interest in the Harrison-Mountain Home-Marshall region by establishing the OHTA Eastern Chapter, and the designation of the founding Fayetteville entity as the OHTA Western Chapter.

The establishment of Eastern and Western Chapters reflects extraordinary growth of interest in OHTA membership for sharing hiking and many other outdoor recreation opportunities with like-minded families and individuals. This development also greatly facilitates the continuation of the OHT to the Missouri connection with the Ozark Trail, as well as coordination of maintenance of the Buffalo River Trail/Ozark Highlands Trail.

The OHTA Board has retained all the individuals who have served over the past year, and re-arranged duties to suit our expanded organizational configuration. John Pennington now serves as Past President, and Dave J. Richard has been appointed President.

Jim Warnock will continue to serve as OHTA Vice President, Steve Cattaneo as Treasurer, Michael Reed as Secretary, Randy Parson will handle programs, and Steve Parker will continue with Maintenance. Changes may occur as necessity dictates.

Mike Lemaster has been appointed Western Chapter Representative while Phil Brown continues as Eastern Chapter Representative. Mike and Phil will conduct meetings, chapter business, and represent their chapters for board matters.

On a personal note as Bulletin editor and webmaster, please join me in expressing thanks to all on the board for a job well done, especially to John Pennington who served as President as so many advances occurred.


The OHTA Eastern Chapter region includes BRT/OHT along Buffalo River, Lower Buffalo Wilderness, OHT Sylamore Section (32 miles of scenery) and the long hidden 13 mile OHT Tracy Arm Section on Lake Norfork, all in the Harrison, Mountain Home and Marshall neighborwoods. Contact Phil if you would like to hike, meet, or hang out with the EC. Brown.philip9@gmail.com 


As the leaves fall from the trees, OHTA Maintainers head for the hills to groom the OHT for hikers from just about anywhere you can think of.   Just hiking on the OHT contributes to maintenance by the hiker knocking down vegetation, dragging limbs off of the trail, or reporting big trail blocking downed trees to OHTMaintenance@gmail.com. (just provide GPS coordinates or trail mile marker number near the blockage.)

The early months of the year tend to be when re-routes and tread repair projects. Projects can involve back country camping and multiple days or even weeks on site.  All re-routes and new construction require agency approvals (usually the Forest Service or BNR). At least two projects are in process for approval for construction next spring.


OHT MAINTENANCE OUTING OCTOBER 14-15, 2017. OHTA will be working a section of trail just east of Hwy 7 (Fairview TH) where the canopy is gone and there are thousands of small seedlings that need to be lopped out by hand. Contact Steve Parker for details OHTMaintenance@gmail.com 

HARE MOUNTAIN HIKE-IN October 28-29, 2017 is an OHTA traditional annual family fun hike up Hare Mountain from Morgan Field TH and camp overnight event (or walkout by flashlight! to Morgan Field TH) led by Bob and Dana Cable. Park at the Morgan Field Trail Head, then hike 1.6 miles west on the OHT up to the top of Hare Mountain, the highest point on the OHT. Hike up whenever you want,

The Hike-In gathering will begin with a potluck (bring a dish to share) and story-telling at 6 p.m.   For more information, call Dana at 479-879-4612



(Sink hole photo)

This began as a huge sinkhole that opened up in 2015 at the north end of a clay lined (red overburden) 3 ½ acre pond on top of a long ridge at Top of the Rock restaurants, museum and par 3 golf course 3 miles north of the Arkansas state line just west of US 65. The chasm formed suddenly and drained the pond overnight.

The site, now being very carefully excavated for exploration, is about 600 feet long, 300 feet wide, and more than 200 feet deep into the Boone formation. The Boone is a karst (fractured, soluble, cavernous, limestone) 300 to 350 feet thick bed rock formation spreading across northwest Arkansas from east of Hwy 65 west into Oklahoma, north up to I-44, and south to include Independence and Newton County.

The epi-karst shown here, is typical of this Ozark region. The limestone has dissolved to form these “cutters”or fissures, and the red clay/chert is the residual material of the dissolved limestone.

As you hike in the Ozarks, keep an eye out for karst features such as sinkholes, losing streams, creeks with names like Dry, Lost, etc., caves, highly fractured or shattered rock, red clay, and frequently springs of this and similar formations.


PUBLICATION DATE OF THE BULLETIN is targeted for the last Sunday of the month preceding an OHTA meeting. If you want your first week of the month outing in the Bulletin, or in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, consider the deadline when submitting it for publication. Occasionally circumstances push the actual publication date to the first weekend of the month of the next meeting—that is the small price of “free to members” publications! —ED.