Earthquake Ridge - TRAIL

Earthquake Ridge - Trail, Mena, Arkansas

Beutiful country side trail that goes part of the way up the second tallest peak in the state. You start the trail heading up this peak, not real steep but a little on the long side. All the trail is single track that has leg numbing climbs, technical and rocky descents. Fast, twistie tree hugging single track, a few jumps, some great overlooks and cool looking rock formations. Some places can be a little technical with drop offs and rocks. If your in the Ouachita Mountain area this trail is a must it's only about 30 minutes from the Womble trail.

User Reviews (12)

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chfbgjohnson   Weekend Warrior [Jun 13, 2007]

The trail was awesome. It can be pretty difficult at time due to the rocky climbs and downhills, Especially when it is 95 degress and humid as can be. But all and all very scenic well marked trails and extremely rocky, full suspension would be ideal on this bad boy.

Customer Service

any

Similar Products Used: Womble, Quachita, Wolf Pen Gap
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4
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4
Ouachita   Cross Country Rider [Jul 11, 2006]

Very nice trail. This is true singletrack, technical, and rocky. Lots of climbs followed by great downhills. Trail is well maintained by local riders and a strong volunteer base. There are a couple of highway crossings so watch for traffic. After you do the ride make sure and take a DRIVE up the mountain and check out the overlooks. You can see for miles. The annual "Revenge of of the Ridge" mountain bike race is a must do. It is a very well organized race and will challenge even the best riders.

Customer Service

Does not matter, you have long, tough, climbs either direction followed by nice downhills.

Similar Products Used: Womble, Ouachita Trail, Crystal Springs-Charlton, and Cedar Glades.
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5
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5
uofabill   Cross Country Rider [May 12, 2004]

Rode this trail 06/05/2004. It is a sweet little trail. Too bad it isn't longer. I understand that the area bike association built this trail and you can tell that mountian bikers built it. It is very well designed. We rode all the loops there and got in between 7 and 8 miles. The main loop starts out with a climb to the northwest to the top of the ridge and then there is a sweet descent back to the road. There are several other short loops south of the visitors center. They are mostly tight twisty trail through the trees. Don't miss riding these trails of you are passing through.

Customer Service

Main loop, counter clockwise. The rest of the loops it doesn't matter, ride either direction.

Similar Products Used: Womble, Little Blakely
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RATING
5
VALUE
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4
Russell Miller   Racer [Nov 18, 2003]

Who ever posted that this trail was done in 20 minutes evidently did not do it all. I consider myself a average rider racing in expert class and doing this trail took me about 40 minutes to do then again I wasn't hammering it. It is really a cool little trail I talked with one of the locals there and he pointed out to me on the map of the other trails that connect to this as well as the new trail they just added about 2 miles. He also said they were going to start looking at developing more trail going up the mountain and maybe connecting this trail with the Ouachita trail now that would be cool.

Customer Service

Counter clockwise from the visitor center. Read your map and make sure you catch all the various loops. For a map on the new stuff you can go to www.mtbark.com

Similar Products Used: Womble, Ouachita, Little Missouri
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4
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3
T BROWN   [Feb 10, 2001]

This trail is not real long, but boy it will make you think it is. It has a long uphill as you climb the side of Rich Mountain, but there is a real fast downhill waiting on the other side. Lots of rocks and roots and all of it is single track. I would give this a 5 star but it could be a little longer.

Customer Service

Start at the trail head near the visitors center and follow the white rectangles on the tree's, I always do Eartquake ridge loop fisrt, then the southern loop, fern loop, Inner loop, settler loop, then go back and do the southern loop again.

Similar Products Used: Womble and Ouachita
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4
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T.Wrecks   [May 12, 2001]

On a Forest Service map this trail looks like a couple of tame beginner loops. After driving past the trailhead to get a feel for where the trail crosses the highway the second time, I realized I was looking at ~500 ft of climbing to get to the to end of the Earthquake ridge trail. Alright!!

While none of the several loops are very long, the single track is mostly tight and twisty, with plenty of rocky, rooty climbs and some fun, fast drops. After climbing the Southern trail and crossing HWY8 at the summit, the downhill on the Earthquake Ridge is 3-4 minutes of reward. The sweet saddle cut into the slope is a reminiscent of the better sections of the Womble.

Have a little caution on this downhill; some of the icestorm damage, while it has been cleaned off, has narrowed the trail in spots and cut some potholes where trees went down next to the trail. Hats off to the Forest Service and/or locals for the obvious repairs since Jan!

The whole system can be done in about a hour, maybe less if you really push the climbs and ignore the views. I don't know if I would travel over here for just this trail, but I will make point of stopping in when I come through this area next time.

BONUS ROUND: The Cruzin' drive-in diner on HWY71 has great post-ride onion rings, made from scratch!

Customer Service

Stop in the Forest Service office on HWY71 for a map
Take Hwy8 north through downtown, you can't miss the trailhead on the right

Similar Products Used: Womble (mostly reopened as of 5/9/01)
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4
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Pam Cheek   [Jul 22, 2001]

I though this trail rocked, it has some really sweet downhills and some leg numbing uphills. I would have to agree with others that this trail could be a little longer but it still gave me a good workout. If they could re-route the trail so you don't have to get off your bike to hop the guardrail that would make this trail even better. If your in the Mena area you have to do this ride.

Customer Service

Head left from the rangers visitor center and take the big hill first. Follow Earthqauke ridge trail all the way to the southern loop then the settlers loop, besure not to miss the inner loop and the carriage trail.

Similar Products Used: Water Works
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5
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Zeke Danger   [Nov 19, 2001]

Nice! Little rocky and rooty (is that a word?), but an excellent trail.

Customer Service

Any route is good.

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4
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Curtis   [Mar 19, 2003]

I was on my way to Little Rock heading from Ft. Smith and decided to make a quick detour to check this trail out and now I am glad I did. Looking at from the map it looks really easy and so thats what I though just get a quick little ride in. I must say I was very supprised with this trail, it may be a short trail but it has lots to offer. The payoff for the big climb right off the bat is a very sweet downhill and then some nice twisty track. I have ridden a many of trails between Arkansas and West Virgina and I must say this one is one of the better rides. I will be back to Arkansas and this trail is already on the top of my list. Thumbs up to the folks that keep this trail up forestry service or local bikers.

Customer Service

Start at the visitor center and follow the signs man.

Similar Products Used: Womble, Big Brushy, Ouchita Trail
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5
VALUE
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Kim   [May 09, 2003]

I had heard a lot about this little trail and seeing how I get into NW Arkansas ever so often I got the chance to check this trail out for myself. It really is a great trail, lots of rocks and some really super fast downhill. It is only 5 miles long but I talked with one of the locals who was out there adding some new trail for an upcomming race they are having in June. He told us that they were in the process of adding about another 4 mile loop to the trail. This new trail is suppose to go all the way into the town of Mena. That I thought would be so cool.

Customer Service

Clockwise from the Visitor Center

Similar Products Used: Springhill Park, Womble, Big Brushy
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5
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