Sunday, October 15, 2017

2 Saws Better Than 1

Today was very productive. Working with trail runners, we completed removing all trail obstructions from Possum Gorge Trail, a 9.6 mile stretch. This trail segment is now ready for the UpChuck trail race.

Don's photos

The north crew with two saws and six workers

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

More Maintenance

Lonnie Rogers, Erica Rayburn, Alexus Locke, and I spent the morning removing blow-downs and brush from Rock Creek Trail. We can now report the main trail between Retro Hughes Road and Upper Leggett Road is clear. The lower half of Rock Creek Loop still needs some attention and is on our "To-Do" list.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Trail Maintenance

Jan Agee, Lonnie Rogers, Brianna Locke, and I spent the entire day at Rock Creek removing blow-downs, overhanging limbs, and brush from the main trail between Retro Hughes Trailhead and Upper Legget Trailhead. The chainsaw developed a fuel leak which prevented us from completing the job so we are planning a return trip in the near future. Even though we did not remove all blow-downs, the few we left are easily stepped over.

Don's photos 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Paddle Hiwassee Island

Today's trip around Hiwassee and Ziegler Island will probably be our last paddle event this season. Extended forecast calls for cooler weather on the way but fortunately we had ideal weather today. We'll hang up paddles and break out chain saws in preparation for some fall trail maintenance on Cumberland Trail.

Don's photos

Group photo in shade of Cypress tree on Ziegler Island

Friday, September 8, 2017

Sand Island

We had planned on relaxing in the shade but it was too cool and windy so we spent our entire time on the island sitting in the sun.

Relaxing in the sun on Sand Island

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Rock Creek Maintenance

Six volunteers hiked in about .7 mile on the Rock Creek access trail to remove a blow-down that was forcing hikers off trail. We removed the one major trail obstruction and left other less significant blow-downs for cooler weather. A group this size makes chainsaw work easier. Each person carried equipment which lightened the load for the person carrying the saw. Hopefully we can get this crew together again next month and get Rock Creek Trail clear from end to end.

Group photo at Rock Creek Trailhead

Trail before blow-down removal
Trail after blow-down removal
Bull session after work

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Off Road and Off Trail

Had a fun day at Prentice Cooper 4-wheeling with some experienced off-roaders which just happened to be all ex-SQN employees.