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Lercher 15 Yellow Trail

Intermediate

Trail

12.3 mile 19.8 kilometer loop
90% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 654' 199 m
Descent: -653' -199 m
High: 592' 181 m
Low: 404' 123 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)

Dogs

No Dogs
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Trail shared by Steve Lercher

This beautiful, well-kept trail and others in the area are privately owned, but open to the public.

Steve Lercher

Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

Family Friendly Covered picnic tables with restrooms inside converted barn. You are never more than 2 miles from the trailhead. Trails are on a private, family-owned cattle ranch.

The trails are closed at certain times during deer hunting season. See website for updates.

Overview

Riders will find themselves riding among the ranch cattle herd and rolling over cattle guards located along fence lines. Turkey and deer are often observed. Several bridged creek crossings allow the trail to meander alongside Cane Creek. This is a very well marked trail system with many options to make your ride as short as 3 miles or up to 17 miles.

Yellow arrows denote the main 12-mile route while red arrows point toward off-shoots from the yellow trail. These optional loops include more challenging terrain that includes some climbing with rewarding downhills. Blue arrows denote shortcuts. Restrooms, hot showers, and a break room await riders coming in off the trail who choose to clean up and enjoy lunch at one of several picnic tables inside a converted barn.

The Lercher 15 website provides more information, and has several photos along with waiver forms, trail maps, directions, and a bit of ranch history.

Need to Know

Refer to the Lercher 15 website for all current information.

Description

This trail is the main route of the Lercher 15 trail system. From the trailhead sign, continue down the gravel farm road. The gravel road forks just before a cattle guard, continue straight over the first cattle guard and take the next cattle guard 30 yards on your right.

Look for the large yellow arrow attached to a red cattle guard about 400 yards from the trailhead and begin following the yellow arrows. Most yellow arrows are attached to posts and made out of painted rebar. Continue up the gravel road after passing over 2nd cattle guard. As you approach a ranch house, look for the trail off to the right just before another cattle guard leading to a Ranch house. There will be painted yellow rocks on the ground.

Before mile one, you'll leave the woods and circumvent a pond, first riding over another cattle guard next to an old cabin. After crossing one of two bridges, you'll begin to leave the pond area behind by biking up a cattle lane. At the end of the lane, look for another yellow arrow pointing left mounted on another cattle guard post.

In about 200 yards you'll see an old haybarn on your left, painted yellow rocks, and a large yellow arrow pointing right. Once you make it to this point which is less than 1.3 miles you'll be entering the main trail. Getting lost should not be an issue just continue taking the yellow arrows. If you get tired take the blue "shortcut" arrows. There are several small bridged stream crossings.

There are several cattle guard crossings, which are walkable if you're uncomfortable. There are also 3 bridged main creek crossings which are also walkable. Lercher Crossing is the signage at the second creek crossing. This is a fast, decent creek crossing.

Shortly after Lercher Crossing and a short climb you'll come to a triangular railroad tie intersection. A blue arrow points left denoting a shortcut. Staying right (yellow) will take you on about a half mile loop exiting right where you entered.

Near mile 9, you'll encounter another triangular railroad tie intersection. Going left enters the rider into a lollipop on a stick loop; beginning with the stick part. This "lollipop" loop is about 2 miles in length and is part of the yellow trail. If you decide to skip the loop stay right at intersection. You are within a mile of the finish.

History & Background

See the Lercher 15 website for a history of the ranch and trails.

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Check-Ins

Dec 27, 2019
Brad Chaney
Nov 23, 2019
Steve Lercher
Nov 21, 2015
Curtis Rainwater

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  4.5 from 2 votes

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in BJ Ranch

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Photos

Tanya Lercher enjoying the fall colors on the Yellow Trail.
Nov 29, 2015 near Beebe, AR
Chris shredding through the big rocks near mile 5. This part of the trail system is known as the Mansion Loop as there once was a ranch mansion on the property from the early 1900's. The chimney still stands.
Nov 29, 2015 near Beebe, AR
Rider nearing the finish around mile 13.
Nov 29, 2015 near Beebe, AR
Riders crossing Cane Creek just past the ole Bath Tub of Rocks.
Nov 29, 2015 near Beebe, AR
Trail armour using creek rock provides a unique riding experience.  This is one of the prettiest sections of the trail at mile 11 along the Northeast Loop.
Nov 29, 2015 near Beebe, AR
Tanya Lercher crossing Steve's Bridge on her way to the Northeast Loop.
Nov 29, 2015 near Beebe, AR

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