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Charlton Trail

Average Rating:    (3.38 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

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.
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Latitude
34.51773117359666
Longitude
-93.38275909423828
Trail Directions
US Hwy 270 going west out of Hot Springs, its about a 30 minute drive from Hot Springs.
Trail Length
4.3
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Hot Springs
   


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Review Date
October 19, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: XTRKona ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.



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Review Date
December 5, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Kenny Davis ,  Racer

Summary:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
see www.mtbark.com



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Review Date
April 6, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: John , from Lubbock TX

Summary:
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.

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



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Review Date
March 30, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: John , from Columbia, MO

Summary:
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).

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Little Blakely, Womble



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Review Date
January 15, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Scott , from Austin,TX

Summary:
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.

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There were lots of other turns to take other trails off of the race course. The WOMBLE!!!!



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