Syllamo: Bald Scrappy Trail

A flowy trail through the Ozark Mountain forest with lots of short climbs.

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
11 km
Ascent
312 m
Descent
312 m
Low Point
101 m
High Point
281 m
Gradient
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Syllamo: Bald Scrappy Trail Map

Description

The Bald Scrappy Loop (BSL) is one of five trails in the Syllamo Mountain Bike Trail System. Together these interconnecting loops make up 50 miles of mountain bike trail that IMBA recognized as being an outstanding, destination-worthy mountain bike trail to assign it Epic status.

Most of the Syllamo trails are singletrack; however, there are sections where the trails follow old abandoned ATV trails. Over 70% of the trails are over rocky, rugged, and demanding terrain.

The trails can be accessed from four different trailheads, plus using a connector trail out of Blanchard Springs Recreation Area and Campground. Three trailheads are on Green Mountain Road and the fourth is on AR Highway 5 North.

The BSL trailhead is located on Green Mountain Road, the same location as the White River Bluff Loop. The trail follows ORANGE markers on brown carsonite posts, but there will also be BLUE markers on the section that overlaps Scrappy Mountain Trail.

This is one of the less technical loops in the trail system. Although there are a lot of short, easy climbs in this section, overall it is one of the least demanding. This trail is rideable in either direction but locals recommend following a clockwise direction.

This would be a good trail to start out with to test your stamina and get a feel for the Syllamo Trail System before tackling one of the more remote trails. There are also several short stretches of old ATV trails.

Difficulty

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Flow
  • Singletrack

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