The mountains are calling and I must go. ~ John Muir

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Magazine Mountain, Arkansas ~ elevation 2,753 feet

August 27, 2008
Magazine Mountain via the Signal Hill Trail, 1 mi
Class 1; Elevation Gain 225 ft

An impromptu detour on our way west…

Although we intended to summit a couple of mountains on our drive west, Arkansas was not on our radar.  With Tim at the wheel, we played License Plate Bingo, listened to episodes of the Star Wars radio show on cd, and contemplated our next stop.  Tim spotted a sign on the side of the road that read, Magazine Mountain next exit.  After a very brief chat about whether or not to pull off, we opted to search for our next high peak. 

We followed the signs, our road map, and our trusty GPS way further than we anticipated and eventually came to the parking area at the Signal Hill trailhead.  To our dismay, this was going to be another ½ mile stroll, albeit a beautiful wooded jaunt through the Ozarks!

At the summit, we ran into an employee from the Department of Parks, who was power washing the stone map of Magazine Mountain and back at the car we met a wonderful older couple who has hiked all over southern Arizona.