I did an inspection hike of the eastern 10 miles of the Ouachita Trail – from Lundsford Corner to Pinnacle Mountain State Park – with another of the FoOT maintainers (M.S.). It was a bit chilly in the morning but quickly warmed and was a great day to be outdoors. There was a lot of small debris to throw/kick off the trail and only one obstruction that will require a chainsaw.
One of the highlights of the day was putting up a new marker at mile 217 – an area that had significant tornado damage about 2 years ago. A logging company apparently pulled out whatever timber could be salvaged and then carved a new path through the remaining debris for the trail. We went to the coordinates of the old marker and found a log with an aluminum nail – a sure sign we were in the right area – but no marker.
I had a rather negative memory of this part of the trail from my first visit but it didn’t seem so bad this time. I think I magnified a couple things out of proportion. There are a couple areas where you come kinda close to some residences and there’s the crossing of, and hiking along side of AR-300 for a while but those are relatively small areas in the big picture.
I saw a Bird’s Foot Violet in full bloom. Can spring be far away?