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Tulsa: Reading-Spy Rock Loop 

Solitude is easy to find in the Ozarks, and this 6.6-mile loop is no exception. Tackle this hike, which features forest, river, and bluff views in one day or camp out for the weekend.

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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 23 Jun 2006 12:33:20 AM
Activity: Backpacking
State: Arkansas (AR)
Distance: 5.99 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 1441 ft
Total Loss: 1366 ft
Net Change: 75 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: Arkansas, Backpacking, loop, Ozark, Tulsa, Waterfall Hikes
Rating:   1 rating(s) Rate it

TO TRAILHEAD: Take the Muskogee Turnpike E to I-40 E to AR 23 N. Turn R onto AR 215 to the Redding Campground. Trailhead on SW corner near Mulberry River.

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Distance: 5.99 mi Points: 278
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi

Points of Interest


Location: 35.681915, -93.786926
Follow blue blazes heading N through campground; trail winds into pine forested river bottom


Location: 35.678364, -93.778374
Bear L onto West Trail, following loop clockwise


Location: 35.679939, -93.777100
Cross AR 215; path gently climbs into oak and pine forest


Location: 35.688690, -93.779678
Trail edges around bluff; nice views of Bowden Hollow and Spy Rock


Location: 35.694977, -93.761543
Cross over FR 1504


Location: 35.697548, -93.758003
Turn R onto East Trail. Sidetrip: Turn L for 1.6-mile round trip to Spy Rock overlook


Location: 35.693886, -93.756653
Waterfall below trail; creek usually dries up in midsummer


Location: 35.689018, -93.760735
Small primitive campsite above trail


Location: 35.678345, -93.771576
Straight @ AR 215; veer R to rejoin trail


Location: 35.678028, -93.773018
Alternate trailhead; route heads into shady pines along river bottom


Location: 35.678093, -93.778374
End loop; turn L and return to trailhead


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