Christmas 2020 Backpacking Trip (12/27 to 12/30)


Backpacking Section 5 of the Ouachita Trail (27.1 Miles)

See Schedule below for mileage each day.


Ouachita Trail Section 5 between Big Brushy Recreation Area and Highway 27 near Story, AR.

Starting Location:

Ending Location:

Departure Time:  

Meet Sunday (12/27) at 12:45 at the Bryant Walmart Parking Lot.  Depart by 1:00

Return Time:  

Wednesday (12/30) 3:00 at Colton’s Steakhouse in Benton.  NOTE: We are planning to arrive at Colton’s at 2:00. 

Watch your email on Wednesday for time changes


$10 for the Trip. (Can be paid from Scout Account)


$15-$30 CASH for lunch at Colton’s Steakhouse.  See menu link below to determine how much money to bring.  Be sure to account for tax and tip.

Emergency Contact:

Dan Karp 501-303-8279

There will be little cell phone service in this area.  Dan will be able to communicate with us via Satellite Phone.

COVID Precautions:

We will be following the BSA and Department of Health guidelines as our safety plan. Everyone must sleep in separate tents and no stacking hammocks.

Everyone will be expected to have a mask and wear it when needed.

Food will be individually purchased and cooked separately from others.   We will not be utilizing patrol boxes so bring your own utensils and anything that you require for your meals.

Please have a conversation with your youth before departure so that the rules are clearly understood.

Packing List: 


See Backpacking Checklist on our website.

See Backpacking Food Ideas on our website.


Eat lunch before you arrive.

NOTE:  Breakfast should take less than 10 minutes to prepare and cleanup.

Sunday: Supper

Monday: Breakfast, Trail Lunch, Supper

Tuesday: Breakfast, Trail Lunch, Supper

Wednesday: Breakfast

Trail snacks


High’s between 55 and 65 degrees.  Low’s between 26 and 48 degrees.

Rain expected Tuesday Morning and Wednesday.



1:00 – Depart Walmart
3:30 – Arrive where FR-33 crosses the Ouachita Trail near Big Brushy Recreation Area.
Hike 5.1 miles to Fiddler Creek Shelter.
Shuttle Drivers take vehicles to the end of the trail


Hike 8 Miles to Suck Mountain Shelter


Hike 8 miles to Story Creek Shelter


Hike 6 miles to Highway 27 near Story, AR
Drive to Colton’s Steakhouse in Benton arrive by 2:00.