Saturday, December 9, 2017

Piney Maintenance

Lonnie and I spent most of the day removing blow-downs from the upper section of Piney River Trail that stretches between Duskin Creek parking area and Deep Pool Cascades. We still have at least two more trips to complete removal of all blow-downs.

Piney River Trail was busy today. We encountered 4 back packers with plans to camp at Piney River Bridge, 30+ boy scouts planning to camp at Logging Camp Campsite, and another couple of hikers. It's a shame the trail is in such bad condition.

This time lapse video condenses 54 minutes to 1 minute.

One of many we removed (BEFORE)

One of many we removed (AFTER)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

McGill Creek

After hearing a rumor that bridge components had been delivered to McGill Creek bridge site, Lonnie Rogers and I hiked in to confirm the rumor and along the way installed 118 trail markers. We found no construction material at the site but the old logging road from Brayton Mountain Road to bridge site has been cleared and is beat down from much traffic.

Installing direction change blaze at switchback.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Newby Branch

Lonnie and I made a trip to Piney River Trail and performed some well needed maintenance on the section of trail between Newby Branch Trailhead and Duskin Creek parking area. There were two significant trail obstructions and numerous smaller ones which were removed with a chainsaw. We also installed 40 metal trail markers on trees along the trail. Unfortunately we needed a few more but only had 40 with us. Next time we will be better prepared.

Installing trail marker

This one forced hikers off trail
Hikers can now stay on trail
More trail markers
This one required hikers to climb over
No more climbing required

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Newby Branch

After hearing reports of Newby Branch Trailhead no longer there and numerous blow-downs on Piney River Trail, Carol and I decided to check the trailhead and inspect a short section of trail. We found Newby Branch Trailhead to be intact but the road down to it is washing out and becoming a jeep trail. The section of trail between Newby Branch Trailhead and Duskin Creek is in pretty good shape but does have a few blow-downs that require a chainsaw for removal. It also needs additional blazes painted on trees to mark the trail and the bridge across Newby Branch is beginning to deteriorate.

Photos of maintenance required

A large blow-down on the trail

Friday, November 10, 2017

Daddys Creek Video

Finally got around to re-doing the Daddys Creek video with corrected trail measurements.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Rock Creek

We went to Rock Creek with intentions of removing blow-downs from Rock Creek Loop but trail runners had already been there and completed the work. It was however a great day for hiking. Cool temperature and colorful leaves made for an enjoyable day on the trail.

Group photo at Rock Creek Trailhead

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Daddys Creek With CHC

We started the cool weather hiking season with Chattanooga Hiking Club on the 7.5 mile Daddys Creek Trail. It was windy and cool which makes for near perfect weather. Now that we have completed a recreational hike, it is time to get back to maintenance hiking and Rock Creek Loop will probably be next.

Group photo at Daddys Creek Campsite