The weather was nice – 30s to 40s, maybe 50s as the sun came out – and I camped out in the backyard of one of my aunt’s.
The forecast was for the temperature to drop to 29.
I don’t know if it did or not, but it was 35 when morning arrived.
I slept on my REI AirRail 1.5 Sleeping Pad inside my Chinook Summit Bivy and sleeping bag.
The pad’s R-value is 4.2, so it provided nice insulation between me and the ground.
Plus, I finally figured out how to pilot my drone and record video at the same time (Tip: Press the ‘record’ button) and took some nice footage of my Great-Grandfather Maxwell’s barn. It’s 80+ years old.
Then we hiked out to Cedar Falls
Our final stop was at Petit Jean Mountain
Distances from the nearest state parks and the cities we’re most likely to visit.
|Devil’s Den||Mount Magazine||Mount Nebo||Petit Jean||Pedestal Rocks|
|Cleveland||2′ 12″||1′ 40″||1′ 3″||52″||1′ 24″|
|Conway||2′ 15″||1′ 42″||1′ 6″||52″||1′ 35″|
|Springdale||45″||2′ 10″||2′ 37″||2′ 34″||2′|
Devil’s Den State Park
Yellow Rock Trail: 2.7 mile lollipop/ 2-3 hrs
(photo credit: Ray Martin)
Devil’s Den Trail: 1.5 mile lollipop/ 2 hrs(photo credit: Rick Henry)
Mount Magazine State Park
Bear Hollow Trail: 5.6 miles (out and back)/ 3-4 hrs
Highpoint Loop Trails: 5.5 mile loop/ 3-4 hrs
(North Rim Trail, Signal Hill Trail, Mossback Ridge Trail, and Greenfield Trail)
Mount Nebo State Park
Bench Road Trail: 4 mile loop/ 2 hrs
Petit Jean State Park
Cedar Falls Trail: 2 miles (out and back)/ 1-2 hrs
Seven Hollows Trail: 4.1 mile loop/ 2-3 hrs
Ozark National Forest/ Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area
Pedestal Rocks Trail: 2.5 mile lollipop/ 2 hrs