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Lake Ouachita Vista (LOViT): Hickory Nut Mountain to Crystal Springs

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Trail

7.2 mile 11.6 kilometer point to point
100% Singletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 1,112' 339 m
Descent: -473' -144 m
High: 1,239' 378 m
Low: 599' 182 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 22% (13°)

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Trail shared by Cliff Li

Lake Ouachita Vista Trail is a scenic trail that offers a variety of terrain through forested lands.

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Overview

The Lake Ouachita! Vista Trail (LOViT) is a well-designed and well-built trail on 90 percent singletrack through old growth, mixed species forest. It offers riders multiple challenges and rewards as it traverses deep verdant valleys and five different mountains while crossing multiple streams and creeks. It was built as a winding trail along the southern shore of Lake Ouachita to link all the resorts and campgrounds.

Description

This section of the trail (Hickory Nut Mountain/Crystal Springs) is considered the easier climb/descent to or from Hickory Nut Mountain. This is still a very strenuous and difficult climb but not as sketchy as the west side.

From the Hickory Nut Mountain trailhead, you can ride up the forest road to the Hickory Nut Mountain overlook which offers a spectacular vista of Lake Ouachita.

This section of trail has a mixture of shorter, steep climbs/descents and flowy singletrack. I would definitely rate this section as intermediate to advanced. There's nothing super technical but some of the climbs are pretty strenuous. The climb up to Hickory Nut mountain is a little over 2 miles long and has some sections with fairly steep pitches.

The Forest Road (FS 47) heading to/from Pipe Spring can be a little confusing. The trail jumps across FS 47 several times and you really have to watch for the signs and blazes as you move along. FS 47 intersects the Charlton Trail where there is a pipe sticking out of the hillside and spring water pouring out. The LOViT goes east here while the Charlton goes south.

Crystal Springs is at one of the lowest elevations along the trail so you'll either descend down to it coming from the west or climb out of it from the trailhead heading west.

The LOViT trail is usually best-ridden section by section, either as an out-and-back or as a point-to-point having shuttled cars ahead of time.

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Aug 12, 2018
Casey Millspaugh
Steady rain, epic ride. Uphill to hickory is a battle but worth it on the way back down 9mi
May 13, 2018
Terry Boxx
Oct 13, 2017
Jim Conway
Jun 1, 2017
Scott Edwards
Hickory Nut Mountain is impossible! good luck riding the whole thing! I walked several times. but I'm no pro 18mi
Apr 9, 2017
Justin Theilman
Mar 20, 2016
Jeremy Lechterman
Super pretty in the spring. No one was around. Most of the climbs are short but steep.
Dec 12, 2015
Kenny Davis
Oct 13, 2015
Nando Journeyman
Did as part of out-and-back from Joplin

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Photos

Hickory Nut Mountain Trailhead
Jun 27, 2015 near Mount Ida, AR
Lake Ouachita Vista Trail - Hickory Nut Mountain to Pipe Springs section.
Jun 27, 2015 near Mount Ida, AR
Some of the smooth singletrack that is now Charlton and LOViT trails.
Mar 13, 2016 near Piney, AR
Creek Crossing on Charlton/Lovit just after Pipe Springs.
Mar 13, 2016 near Piney, AR
Pipe Springs and the Charlton Trail. This is not the LOViT trail. The trail in the picture takes you to Charlton Rec. Area.
Mar 13, 2016 near Piney, AR

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