MG Backpacking 2023
Eagle Rock Loop
Eagle Rock Loop, (Quachita National Forest)
Eagle Rock Loop, Langley, AR 71952
Length 26.5 mi
Elevation gain 3,966 ft
March 22-26, 2023
Cost and Registration
Master Guides 16 - 99 years old
Regular | $55
Use YYMS to register. For registration questions, please contact Iris.
What to bring
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ENG YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-yRNJQZRnk
SP YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAg-YLXgYfM&t=1459s
This 26.5-mile loop trail is near Langley, Arkansas. Generally considered a challenging route, it takes an average of 11 h 44 min to complete. This is a very popular area for backpacking, camping, and hiking, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring.
The Eagle Rock Loop is the longest backpacking loop in Arkansas. This challenging route is very popular, with hikers generally taking 3 days to complete it. The loop is actually a combination of the Little Missouri Trail, Athens-Big Fork Trail, and part of the Viles Branch Horse Trail. There are multiple access points for this loop. The mapped route on this page starts at the Winding Stairs Trailhead. You may do this loop either clockwise or counterclockwise. There is water almost the whole way, and ample camping. Note that there are many creek crossings with varying degrees of depth. Depending on recent rainfall, some crossings may be dangerous to cross. Know your limits, and wear appropriate footwear. The scenery is classic Arkansas wilderness, with lush vegetation, rivers, waterfalls, and rocky ridges. There is very little phone reception along the trail, so make sure to download the map ahead of time.