Ouachita Mountain dual sport loop
This is a challenging dual sport ride that includes part of the famous (or infamous, depending on your off-road skill level) K-Trail. If you haven’t ridden the K-Trail out of Clayton to Mena, AR, you should be aware that it can be quite challenging on a big dual sport. KLR’s can make it but they are a lot of work unless you are an expert rider. This loop is best done on a good dual sported dirt bike like a Suzuki DRZ, KTM, or Yamaha WR. Most of the trail is great dual sport riding, but the west end of the K-Trail coming out of Clayton can be quite a challenge on anything bigger than a 450cc dual sport. I have seen expert riders on BMW GS’s make the ride, but most people will not want to take a big bike on the K-Trail.
This loop is 178 miles long. You MIGHT make it in a day but plan for at least two days. There are two great primitive campgrounds nearby, or you can stay at our favorite motorcycle campsite, Clayton Lake State Park.
Thanks for the information. The ride looks fantastic! We are going to do it early April.
What is the fuel situation like for the loop?
Fuel in Clayton and Talihina. Not much else around. There might be other fuel around but I wouldn’t count on it.
I would like to do that ride. Please post info if any of You are going, I’ll try to go with.
When i click on the “download” link, i get nothing. My buddy and I are planning to ride this loop in the next couple of weeks. Could you email me the gpx file? Thanks!
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