Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Stinging Fork & Piney Falls

As usual when hiking with Chattanooga Hiking Club, we had a good group and a fun day on two different trails. Our first stop was at Stinging Fork. It hasn't changed much since our last visit 5 years ago. Our second stop was Piney Falls in Grand View. It apparently has become a popular attraction; we encountered hikers on our way in and on our way out. We will check Piney Falls again in 5 more years.

Don's photos

Group photo at Piney Falls parking area

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Soddy Gorge

Patrick Lavin, Rosemary Hurayt, Bob DeHart, Voreata Waddell, Jerry McClanahan, Judy Varner, TC Varner, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins made up the biggest group of hikers we've had in a long while. Our 4 mile hike began at SCC parking area and ended at Soddy Gulf parking area. Hopefully we can get this group together again soon.

Don's photos

Group photo at BFR

Saturday, March 3, 2018

McGill Creek Bridge

Driven by curiosity, I had to make another trip to McGill Creek Bridge site along with Carol and Bob to check construction progress. Little has been done. The bridge has been secured to foundation and concrete forms removed but still lacks decking. Apparently decking material is not yet available.

Group photo along McGill Creek

Bridge still lacks decking

Bridge is secured to foundation

Concrete forms have been removed

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Ritchie Hollow

Judy, TC, Carol, and I made an impromptu trip to Pot Point with a goal of collecting GPS data on the new Ritchie Hollow Trail which will be used to update the Prentice Cooper trail map. The 2.2 mile long trail connects Cumberland Trail's Pot Point Loop with River Canyon Road and Pot Point Nature Trail 1000 feet below. Fortunately we had the forethought to shuttle to top of mountain and hike down. It would be an extremely strenuous hike for anyone starting at the bottom.

Group photo at Blowing Wind Falls

Blowing Wind Falls

Blowing Wind Falls

Creek crossing at Chestnut Bridge Hollow

Sunday, February 18, 2018

McGill Creek Bridge

McGill Creek Bridge is nearing completion. Won't be long before we can cross creek and check out trail construction progress on south side.

Don's photos

Group photo along McGill Creek

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Maintenance Prep

Turns out the Wild Trails group had enough help and didn't need us but we did hike with them to the point above cable crossing where construction material is stored. Those of us that didn't know about this access point learned a new way into North Chickamauga Creek Trail. I'm not sure I want to use it again; I had to fix a flat tire after driving on the access road.

Staging area above cable crossing

Thursday, February 8, 2018

North Chick Inspection

Lonnie and I hiked along Canyon Rim Drive (an old coal mining road) to the cable crossing on North Chickamauga Creek segment of Cumberland Trail. Our goal was to inspect the one mile section of trail between Boston Branch Overlook and the cable crossing. Lonnie also wanted to lay out a plan and compile a material list for replacing the ladder below the cable crossing. The trail is a mess and will take lots of chainsaw work. It also needs lots of weed eater work. Lonnie was successful in designing a platform and stairs to replace the ladder. Next step, get his plan approved.

Lonnie crosses stream at cable crossing

Ladder can be seen below cable crossing falls

Lonnie lays out his plan