Sunday, May 30, 2010

Possum Gorge With CTC

Ed Swanner, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins joined Chattanooga Track Club members Susan Gallo, Bernice Delaney, David Klinger, and Walt Sinor along with their guests Lucy Stokely of Oakland, California and Alan from Miami, Florida for a 4 mile Possum Gorge hike from Heiss Mountain trail head to Little Possum Creek Bridge construction entrance on Retro Hughes Road.

These Track Club members are a hard core bunch. They were using today’s 4 mile hike to rehabilitate themselves after yesterday’s 12 mile run. I don’t expect we will be joining any of their running events but we will hike with them again.

Group photo on Big Possum Creek Bridge

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

River Gorge Maintenance

Today's work crew consisted of Jane Ellett, Ed Swanner, Earl Helmer, Bob DeHart, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins. Our goal was to remove a significant obstruction on the River Gorge segment of Cumberland Trail between Snoopers Rock and Natural Bridge. It was only a 1.1 mile hike to the work location but rugged uphill terrain made it feel much longer. Upon arrival we made a “before” group photo and then began the process of clearing the trail. It didn’t take long with a crew of six. After all debris was removed we made an “after” group photo and then began the hike back to our vehicles which were parked at Snoopers Rock. A few more trees were removed along the way and the day ended with lunch on Snoopers Rock.

Group photo before work began

Group photo after trail cleared

Monday, May 24, 2010

River Gorge Segment 8

Bob DeHart and Don Deakins completed mapping and measuring the last 8.4 mile segment of Tennessee River Gorge Trail. The total length of River Gorge Trail, excluding 3 spur trails, is slightly over 34 miles. Our next segment to measure and map will probably be North Chickamauga.

Rest stop at North Suck Creek Camp

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

River Gorge Segment 7

Bob DeHart, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins hiked at Prentice Cooper State Forest where we measured, mapped, and cleaned the section of trail between Indian Rock House and Highway 27 which was 4.4 miles in length. This completes all of the Tennessee River Gorge Trail south and west of Suck Creek Road. One long section east of Highway 27 remains. 25.65 miles complete, 8 miles to go.

Lunch break on Sulphur Branch Bridge

Saturday, May 15, 2010

River Gorge Segment 6

Caroline Woerner, Bob DeHart, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins hiked at Prentice Cooper State Forest where we measured, mapped, and cleaned the section of trail between Snoopers Rock and Indian Rock House. We also covered the section between Indian Rock House and the main trail head. Both of these sections totaled 3.25 miles which, when added to the previous 5 segments, totals 21.25 miles of River Gorge trail we have measured, mapped, and cleaned. Two segments remain, one of which is about 5 miles and the other about 8 miles so it appears the total length of the River Gorge trail will be about 34 miles.

Group photo at rock outcropping along trail

Thursday, May 13, 2010

River Gorge Segment 5

Caroline Woerner, Bob DeHart, and Don Deakins hiked at Prentice Cooper State Forest where we measured, mapped, and cleaned the second half of Pot Point Loop section of the Tennessee River Gorge segment of Cumberland Trail between Pot Point Road and Snoopers Rock. The total loop distance from Tower Drive at the Ransom Hollow trail head kiosk back to Tower Drive near Snoopers Rock, which was originally thought to be 10 miles, is 9.1 miles. 18 miles of Tennessee River Gorge segment complete, 13 miles to go.

Group photo at Natural Bridge

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

River Gorge Segment 4

Bob DeHart and Don Deakins hiked at Prentice Cooper State Forest where we measured, mapped, and cleaned about half of Pot Point Loop section of the Tennessee River Gorge segment of Cumberland Trail between Tower Drive (aka Game Reserve Road) and where the trail crosses Pot Point Road. This distance was originally thought to be about 5 miles but we learned today the distance is actually 100 feet short of 4 miles. Although we won't know for sure until we measure the entire River Gorge segment, it appears we will have to adjust the 32 mile length down to 31 miles with more adjustments possible. 13 miles of Tennessee River Gorge segment complete, 18 miles to go.

Raccoon Mountain Overlook

Sunday, May 9, 2010

River Gorge Segment 3

Bob DeHart, Earl Helmer, and Don Deakins hiked at Prentice Cooper State Forest where we measured, mapped, and cleaned the Ransom Hollow Loop section of the Tennessee River Gorge segment of Cumberland Trail between the Hemlock Branch Campsite and Tower Drive (aka Game Reserve Road). We also measured, mapped, and cleaned the short trail segment between Snoopers Rock and Tower Road. 9 miles of Tennessee River Gorge segment complete, 23 miles to go.

Group photo at Ransom Hollow Overlook

Saturday, May 8, 2010

River Gorge Segment 2

Caroline Woerner, Bob DeHart, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins hiked at Prentice Cooper State Forest which was swamped with ATVs and dirt bikes but fortunately they were on the jeep roads and not on foot trails. We measured, mapped, and cleaned a short 3.35 mile section of the Tennessee River Gorge segment of Cumberland Trail between Haley Road and the parking area near Snoopers Rock on Tower Drive (aka Game Reserve Road). 6+ miles of Tennessee River Gorge segment complete, about 26 miles to go.

Group photo at Hemlock Branch Campsite

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

River Gorge Segment 1

Jane Ellett, Earl Helmer, Bob DeHart, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins hiked at Prentice Cooper State Forest where we measured, mapped, and cleaned a short 3 mile section of the Tennessee River Gorge segment of Cumberland Trail between the main trail head and Haley Road. 3 miles complete, 29 miles to go.

Group photo along Short Creek