I couldn’t have asked for better weather to complete section 6 of the Ouachita Trail – a 17.1-mile stretch from AR 27 to AR 298 (miles 121.7 to 138.8 [and back to 121.7 for shuttle-less me]). I expected to see lots of other people out taking advantage of the sunny 65-degree days but there was just one day hiker.
I guess the main highlight of this section is Irons Fork Creek. Much of the trail runs along two ridges with the creek separating them. The higher elevations have been devastated by a couple big storms, leaving little in the way of a canopy, shade, or decent camp sites. The trail has since been cleared and is in surprisingly good shape.
I got my first sighting of wild pigs – 2 adults and 2 piglets – and managed to snap some pictures in a hurry but they blend too well with the underbrush to find them now.