Saturday, February 26, 2011

Creek Clean-up

Caroline Woerner, Katy Walker, Bob DeHart, Judy Varner, Ted Varner, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins were part of about 35 volunteers that turned out for first day of clean-up on a Hixson segment of Chickamauga Creek in preparation for extending the Greenway Trail toward North Chickamauga Gorge. We made a serious dent in trash along the bank but were unable to reach what was in the creek. A March 26 event may concentrate on what we couldn’t get today.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Rock Creek with CHC

Today's big crowd met at Leggett Road upper trailhead and shuttled over to Retro Hughes Road where the hike began. Upon arrival at Retro Hughes trailhead we were pleasantly surprised to find a new parking area and although apparently not complete, is very usable.

Our hike plan called for a non-stop trip from Retro Hughes Road to Leggett Point Overlook where we would break for lunch. Turns out this was an ideal plan as no one starved to death before arriving at Leggett Point Overlook and the after lunch walk to awaiting vehicles was short.

Thanks to Che and CHC for a fun filled day.

Slide show of Don's photos

Group photo in new Retro Hughes trail head parking area

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Ransom Hollow

Anna Dennett, Maria Lubkowitz, Caroline Woerner, Bob DeHart, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins hiked the Ransom Hollow segment of Pot Point Loop in Prentice Cooper which resulted in a 3.4 mile walk. A casual pace, perfect weather, and an extended lunch break at Ransom Hollow Overlook allowed us to more thoroughly enjoy the sights provided by Mother Nature.

Group photo at Ransom Hollow Overlook

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Cain Creek

Ted Varner, Bob DeHart, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins hiked the recently constructed Cain Creek trail to just beyond Panther Branch where the trail ends. We then continued hiking on the yet to be constructed route to Cooper Creek trail, an approximate .8 mile segment. Total distance from Cain Creek trail head to Cooper Creek trail is about 2.25 miles which made our round trip about 4.5 miles.

Group photo in Panther Branch

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Trail Construction Prep

Tony Hook, Ronald Skiles, Danny Skiles, Brandy Selman, Bob DeHart, TC Varner, Judy Varner, Larry Cook, Erin Ouzts, Caroline Woerner, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins hiked in to the temporary end of Cain Creek section of Cumberland Trail in North Chickamauga Gorge and began clearing the flagged route for trail to be constructed beginning February 27. This section will connect the Cain Creek trail to the Cooper Creek trail. Three chain saws and various hand tools turned what could have been an all day job into a few hours work.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Trail Maintenance

Two sections of Cumberland Trail between Snoopers Rock and Indian Rock House in Prentice Cooper that detoured around fallen trees were returned to the original route today. We used a chain saw to remove trees and various hand tools to restore the trail. Participating volunteers were Caroline Woerner, Bob DeHart, Judy Varner, TC Varner, and Don Deakins.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Prentice Cooper

Anna Dennett, Maria Lubkowitz, Sue LaGraff, Caroline Woerner, Jane Ellett, Teresa Jordan, Mark Jordan, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins enjoyed ideal hiking conditions on a 3.5 mile Prentice Cooper hike which began on Tower Road near Snoopers Rock and ended at the main trail head on Tower Road. This section of trail runs along the Tennessee River Gorge escarpment and provides a good view of the river below. An excellent trail, good weather, and a fun group of hikers made for a day I'd soon like to repeat.

Slide show of Don's photos

Group photo at rock outcropping along trail

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Piney River

Carol Deakins and Don Deakins joined Brandy Selman and Ronald Skiles of the Cumberland Trail maintenance crew for a Piney River maintenance hike between Duskin Creek and Piney River trail head. This hike included two side trips, one to Hemlock Falls and the other to Rockhouse Branch Campsite, the only official campsite on the Piney River segment. We dismantled other campsites not authorized by Cumberland Trail management, removed fallen debris from trail, and picked up trash along the way.

Slide show of today's photos

Group photo on rock settee at Rockhouse Branch Campsite

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Soddy Gorge

Jane Ellett, Caroline Woerner, Bob DeHart, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins joined Brandy Selman and Ronald Skiles of the Cumberland Trail maintenance crew for a 6+ mile maintenance and data gathering hike on the northern section of Soddy Gorge segment. Our plan was to hike from a maintenance access point off Young Road to Big Soddy Creek and retrace our steps back to the maintenance access point. We would have been greatly disappointed if we had planned to hike beyond Big Soddy Creek because the creek flow was much too great to attempt a crossing. A bridge across Big Soddy Creek will be a welcomed addition to Cumberland Trail.

Slide show of Don's photos

Slide show of Bob's photos

Group photo on Big Soddy Creek