Charlton Trail - Trail, Hot Springs, Arkansas

Charlton Trail - Trail, Hot Springs, Arkansas

DESCRIPTION

The first part of this trail is pretty demanding, you have to climb about 300' up a hill. Once on the top it gets pretty easy and fast. The trail ends at Crystall Springs Park.

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 19, 2006]
XTRKona
Cross Country Rider

Rode this as my last ride during a long weekend trip to the area. 3 bucks to use this area? Seems like there must be another place to park where one can avoid the day use fee.

Right off the bat the climb starts, but after a few short minutes it is over and really not that big a deal, especially if you are from some place that actually has mountains. The trail was bumpy and not well maintained as compared to other trails I rode in the area. Lots of deadfall. The trail climbs up then drops then climbs again and then drops to the lake. We took the dirt road back which turned out to be a series of very nice rollers and actually was more fun to ride that the trail, though it was about twice as far.

Customer Service

Out and back seemed to work. I did not see any options for a loop on a trail. What we did was ride out on the trail and back on the dirt road.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
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2
[Dec 05, 2003]
Kenny Davis
Racer

A good trail and well maintained. You can ride the race loop or ride out and back from Charlton to Crystal Springs both are way fun. Not to technical except for the big hill both coming down and going up.

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see www.mtbark.com

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 08, 2000]
jeremy

Trail is rough and steep at first...even some downed trees in the middle of the path. Once you get passed that climb, the trail gets pretty fast. But...in the middle of the trail you cross a fire road where spring water is pumped out and flows for most of the year (it's good to drink) Where the trail meets this road unexpectedly as you come tearing down a hill, is a little embankment caused by erosion from the flowing water from the pump....beware, or you'll hit your front tire on the natural wall and land your forehead on the fire road. Might as well do this one if you're in the area.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
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[Nov 19, 2001]
Zeke

Do not ride this sorry excuse for a trail.

Customer Service

NONE!!!

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Any other trail is better. No trail is worse.

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1
VALUE
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[Jan 14, 2002]
Cliff

This was the site of the 2001 Attila the Hun. 7 miles of fun, challenging trail. Trees at the beginning had me ducking to get under them. A few creek crossings and then the first climb followed by some very fast downhill. That then leads to the second, 2 mile, lung/quad burning climb. Then a steep descent with sharp switchbacks. I saw a lot of expert riders have trouble with the switchbacks. Trail the returns back to the park. This trail has a little of everything. I've competed in races in TX and LA but this was the first place I came across a some very rude racers. I hope they don't represent the majority of arkansas bikers.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 15, 2002]
Scott

I don't know what Zeke is talking about this trail is killer, he must not like to climb and then bomb downhill and then weave in and out of trees!
This trail was a blast. I did the race back in Nov.01 It was a little muddy at first with some trees to duck under and a stream to cross, but f.u.n.! Then we turned right out onto a fireroad for 50-100yds then turn left back into singletrack and the first climb. It was pretty steep and long but really pretty scenery and nice dirt! At the top of the climb turn right and you get to rock across the ridge at the top of the mt. and weave in and out of the tall pine tress, then bomb down the backside on a steep loose almost chute. Then out onto a jeep road mostly hardpack grass that you get in the big ring and really fly on! There were some killer kickers that you could get some hangtime on, then a hard left back across a stream then turn right onto the fireroad for about 200yds and turn left into the 2nd climb! This was about a 1.5-2 mile climb that got steeper as you went, but it was beautiful winding back and forth through the tall trees and pine trees! At the top were a couple of switchbacks and the trail was really smooth and you could look back and see a long line of other riders (everyone I came across was really cool!) then you got to middle ring it on the ridge. This was a little more technical, alot of small/medium rocks that kept you paying attention! Then rock downhill to the last part of the trail and this is where it got really fun!! The last part of the loop scaled down the side of the mt. and back to the campgrounds and amphitheatre. The switchbacks are really tight and the ground really drops away to your left or right depending on which switchback you took! If you fall you are falling a while! It is steep, pretty technical, tight, and you can pick up speed fast!! Total blast! You actually had to have some skills to ride down it fast! So this trail had a little of everything! Beautiful scenery, long smooth clilmbs, fast singletrack, fast jeep roads, jumps, technical singetrack, and technical downhills!! On my computer it was right at a 7 mile loop and the Experts were doing it in 37-40 mins! I highly recommend this trail (I lived out West for three years and this is just as fun as anything out there!) The campgrounds are killer, primitive and RV hook ups, nice bathrooms/showers (for a campground) and a great swimming hole and amphitheatre right in the middle of everything! It is about 15 miles West of Hot Springs on HWY 270 and right in between Hot Springs and the Womble! The Sat. before the race I got up drove 10 miles to the Womble rode 15 miles, then came back to camp ate lunch and did a lap of the race course that afternoon! I can't think of a better way to spend a day: Ride an IMBA Epic in the a.m. and then ride a trail that covers all the key aspects of riding in the afternoon!! So sorry for the long review, it was just a killer trail and Zeke got me fired up bagging on it.

Customer Service

Start at the backside of the amphitheatre and go straight across the creek then turn right and it will lead you into the trail.

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There were lots of other turns to take other trails off of the race course. The WOMBLE!!!!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 30, 2002]
John

This is a fun trail. My wife and I spent a few days in Hot Springs and started here. A nice warm-up for the more challenging and longer trails around. Other than the descent into Charlton, it's not very technical, but nice climbs, well designed switchbacks and decent views (in the spring at least).

Customer Service

Some of the racers have given sketchy directions for this quite nice trail, so I thought I would try to be more exact. Start at the Charlton park, but to avoid the unclimbable start, ride toward "loop b" campsites and follow the doubletrack out (there may be leftover racing signs). Follow the road/trail (you'll have to ford a relatively substantial creek) 'til you hit a fireroad. Take a right and go about a half mile, where you'll hit the trail crossing the road. Go left to Crystal Springs; right will take you back to Charlton. This way you ride the Crystal Springs part there and back, but don't double up on the Charlton section, with a very cool downhill to finish up.

Similar Products Used:

Little Blakely, Womble

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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[Apr 06, 2002]
John

Beginning at charlton has a good climb from the campsite to the top. According to my bike compter @ 400 verical foot climb. Great ride fast down hill good ride for intermediate riders should be in good shape to climb.

Customer Service

Rode the from Charlton Campground to the Crystal Springs campground on the Lake and back.

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4
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