Sunday, February 26, 2012

Prentice Cooper

Denise Shepard, Bob DeHart, Carol Deakins, Don Deakins, and Ava Navin with her dog Molly hiked at Prentice Cooper State Forest on the section of trail between the main trail head and Haley Road followed by a road walk up Haley Road to our previously staged vehicle. Although today's event was scheduled as purely recreational, we encountered a large tree top in the trail and fortunately had a folding saw with us so to work we went. This was a major trail obstruction which required hikers to leave the trail. With everyone taking turns on the saw, we were able to remove all the limbs except for two on the ground which we left for a chainsaw. The two limbs on the ground can easily be stepped over so we won't rush back with a chainsaw anytime soon.

Slideshow of Bob's photos

Group photo along Short Creek

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Trail Inspection

In preparation for our next maintenance hike, Bob DeHart and Don Deakins inspected the section of Soddy Gorge trail between Mowbray Pike and Sluder Lane to determine what needed to be done. We found 8 trees in the trail, none of which would be considered show stoppers but will require a chainsaw for removal. These trees have been added to our to-do list and will be removed in the near future.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Possum Gorge

Bob DeHart, Mickey Hogsed, Toby the dog, and Don Deakins hiked Possum Gorge segment of Cumberland Trail from Little Possum Creek Bridge to Retro Hughes Road cutting trees from the trail along the way. Many trees ranging in size from small to large were cleared resulting in a clean trail and 3 very tired hikers plus one tired little dog. We will rest up during the weekend of rain and be ready to do more next week.

Slideshow of Bob's photos

Group photo at starting point

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Flipper Bend

Judy Varner, TC Varner, Bob DeHart, and Don Deakins hiked about 9 miles at Flipper Bend on a perfect day for hiking which just happened to fall between rainy days. This trail, although long, is relatively easy because much of it is near level, however there are a few long steep climbs that will get your heart pumping. We finished the day with energy to spare even after bushwhacking the last mile but we are ready to kick back and enjoy a day of rest during the rain forecast for tomorrow.

Group photo at Flipper Bend trail head

Friday, February 10, 2012

Deep Creek Maintenance

George Bonneau, Mickey Hogsed, Bob DeHart, TC Varner, and Don Deakins hiked into Soddy Gorge with chain saw and fire rakes in hand to perform maintenance on the trail between Deep Creek and Big Soddy Creek. Fortunately we were able to boulder hop across Deep Creek without having to wade in the very cold water. We removed three major trail obstructions, raked leaves from numerous rock steps, and cleaned all drainage paths across the trail. This section is now in prime condition.

Slideshow of Bob's photos

Group photo at 1st trail obstruction

1st trail obstruction cleared

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

3 Trails With CHC

Ava Navin, Caroline Woerner, Bob DeHart, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins joined Chattanooga Hiking Club for an entire day of hiking which encompassed three different trails near Spring City. We began in Grandview with an approximate 2 mile trip to Upper Piney Falls and Lower Piney Falls. After completing that hike we headed to Stinging Fork State Natural Area on Shut In Gap Road where we hiked to Indian Head Point Overlook and then on to Stinging Fork Falls for a late lunch break. Our third stop was at the Piney River trail head where we hiked to Twin Rocks Overlook and returned to the trail head via the Flat Rock Loop Trail. Our total distance today was about 6.5 miles but it included some strenuous sections so it felt like we hiked much farther. Thanks to CHC for a fun day on the trail.

Slideshow of Bob's photos

Slideshow of Don's photos

Group photo under Upper Piney Falls

Friday, February 3, 2012

More Trail Maintenance

Caroline Woerner, Bob DeHart, Keith Weller, TC Varner, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins turned out for today's maintenance hike with a goal of completing the work we started on Tuesday. Our task consisted of rerouting the trail around an uprooted stump which destroyed the trail when the tree blew over. This work required many rocks and fortunately, many were available. We spent the first 30 minutes rolling rocks down to the work site from the hill above the trail. Then we began piecing the steps together producing results we were all proud of. We can now report that the trail between Leggett Road upper trail head and Leggett Branch is in good condition.

Slideshow of Bob's photos

Group photo on newly constructed rock steps