Sunday, January 26, 2014

Trail Repair

Brandy Selman, Jan Agee, TC Varner, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins spent this Sunday doing something constructive, trail repair at Rock Creek. The trail suffered some severe damage back during the summer when numerous big trees blew down across the trail, which in turn knocked down other big trees growing next to the trail. Those trees along the trail uprooted taking the trail with them. Back on October 30th we accompanied the state crew and, using a chain saw, removed the trees that were obstructing the trail. Today we repaired the holes in the trail caused by the uprooted trees. The repair consisted of filling the holes with rock, dirt, and shale obtained from the adjacent bluff line. We also had to do some side hill cutting to widen the trail and it was tough; the ground was frozen solid. All this work resulted in 5 tired volunteers.

Don's photos

Group photo on repaired trail

Friday, January 24, 2014

Deep Creek Bridge

Larry Hill, Judy Varner, TC Varner, and Don Deakins accompanied the state crew to Deep Creek and helped move construction material from truck to bridge construction site. After work was complete, TC and I continued on to Big Soddy Creek to check that bridge site and found that it was just as we left it. At about 10 degrees Fahrenheit, it was plenty cold but working and hiking kept us in our comfort zone.

Don's photos

Moving material to Deep Creek bridge site

Monday, January 20, 2014

Good Ole Rock Creek

Lora McBride, Bob DeHart, TC Varner, Judy Varner, Shauna Wilson, Larry Hill, Caroline Woerner, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins made a hike we have done many times before but it never gets old, Rock Creek. We met at Upper Leggett Road Trailhead, then shuttled over to Retro Hughes Road Trailhead where hike began. After 5.4 miles at a casual pace, we were back at Upper Leggett Road Trailhead and discussing what might be next.

Don's photos

Bob's photos

Group photo along Rock Creek

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Mabbit Spring

Caroline Woerner, Teresa Jordan, Mark Jordan, Judy Varner, TC Varner, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins drove up to Walden on Signal Mountain and hiked the Mabbit Spring Trail which parallels Little Falling Water Creek. Although it was only about 2.5 miles long, two creek crossings provided a little fun and excitement.

Don's photos

Hiking along Little Falling Water Creek

Monday, January 13, 2014

Poplar Springs Video

Although I wondered if the extremely thick fog would ruin our Poplar Springs video, it appears most of it is OK, but the view from Lawson Rock was totally obscured.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Poplar Springs

Bob DeHart, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins hiked the Poplar Springs section of Cumberland Trail in Prentice Cooper, recording video along the way. Fog was extremely thick and may have been so bad as to make the video unusable but at least we had a good hike on a section of trail we have not seen in a long while. I'll now go and check the recorded video and determine if it can be used or if we have to make a return trip.

Group photo along Poplar Springs trail

Thursday, January 9, 2014

More GPS Fun

Larry Hill, TC Varner, and Don Deakins returned to Prentice Cooper for more off-trail fun with GPS. Today's round trip began and ended at the main trailhead on Tower Drive. Our first destination was just an arbitrary point on Cumberland Trail but instead of following the trail, we took the crow flight route using GPS to keep us on course.  Our second stop was at Lusk Cemetery followed by a bee line to a point on Cumberland Trail near Indian Rockhouse. We followed Cumberland Trail for the last 1/3 mile back to Tower Drive main trailhead.

Don's photos

Group photo somewhere in Prentice Cooper

Sunday, January 5, 2014

More GPS

Larry Hill and Don Deakins made a return trip to Davis Pond in Prentice Cooper State Forest for more bushwhacking through the woods using GPS for guidance. With coordinates for McNabb Gulf Campsite set in our GPS receivers, we left Davis Pond and hiked through briers and brush until finally reaching open woods and rugged steep terrain. After reaching the campsite, we followed the Pot Point Loop section of Cumberland Trail to Raccoon Mountain Overlook where we stopped for lunch. After a short lunch break we bushwhacked over to Lower Pot Point Road and road walked back to Davis Pond.

Don's photos

Group photo at Raccoon Mtn Overlook

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Poplar Springs

Today's goal was to do trail maintenance on Poplar Springs Campsite and its access trail. Surprisingly it didn't need much work. We did remove a top layer of loose leaves from the campsite and raked the access trail to make it well defined but that took only a few minutes. Most of the day was spent casually hiking the trail and enjoying the scenery.

Don's photos

Group photo at Poplar Springs Campsite