Sunday, October 21, 2018

Soddy Gorge and Gulf

Our goal today was to explore the proposed trail from Soddy Gulf to Soddy Gorge segment of Cumberland Trail. It was about 1.5 miles from parking area to point where flagging began. After finding the first flag, a long steep rugged climb ensued which terminated at Cumberland Trail. Cumberland Trail and an old logging road took us back to Soddy Gulf.

Group photo in a blow-down. Many to choose from along trail.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Rock Creek

Bob and I took advantage of perfect weather and spent a couple hours at Rock Creek hiking from upper trailhead to lower trailhead. Our route included the upper half of the loop trail with a stop at Leggett Point Overlook and the access trail from lower trailhead. We maintained a very casual pace which resulted in over two hours to hike 3.1 miles.

Leggett Point Overlook

Monday, October 15, 2018

Sequatchie Valley Overlook Again

On our last trip to Prentice Cooper, we explored two new jeep trails and recorded map data for those trails. The new map data didn't connect with the old data we recorded a few years ago. A little research on Google Earth revealed some of the old roads had been rerouted, apparently for logging operations. Today we recorded map data for the rerouted roads and now everything fits together nicely. We also visited the overlook again as shown below.

Bob takes in the view

View of Sequatchie Valley from overlook precipice

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Soak Creek Trail

Although Bob didn't hike today, he did provide shuttle service which alleviated the need for Carol and I to take two vehicles. That made the day much easier. What didn't make the day easier was finding the trail incomplete. The incomplete section shown in red on graphic below is rugged and extremely steep. We had to get down on all fours to make this long climb. Fortunately the descent on the back side was much more gradual. I had hoped to obtain the entire track log today but looks like I'll have to make another trip when construction is complete. The trail that is complete passes thru some beautiful terrain and incorporates lots of impressive rock work.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Sequatchie Valley Overlook

I have heard numerous times there is an overlook at Prentice Cooper State Forest that provides a view of Sequatchie Valley. Bob and I finally found it today on one of the few jeep trails we had never explored. It overlooks the valley near Powells Crossroads. To get there take Persimmon Branch Road to Persimmon Loop Trail, then follow Marshal Fork Road to West Brow Road. Overlook is near end of West Brow Road.

Bob enjoys view at overlook when we stop for a snack

Friday, August 24, 2018

Laurel Creek Bridge

After hearing the Laurel Creek Bridge was complete, Bob, Carol, and I hiked in to confirm. We found the bridge ready for foot traffic but lacks a handrail on stairs and needs lots of clean-up.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Road Walk

Cool weather with low humidity is unheard of in August but we had it today. TC, Judy, Carol, and I  took advantage of it and hiked the jeep roads at Prentice Cooper State Forest. Our 3.7 mile round trip included Persimmon Branch Road, Maple Branch Road, Short Creek Road, and Tower Drive.

Group photo on Maple Branch Road