Friday, February 28, 2014

Break-Away Preparations

Yesterday a few volunteers helped Judy and TC retrieve tools, food, and other Break-Away supplies from the Crossville CTC office in preparation for a month of trail building which begins March 3rd. One van load and three pick-up truck loads were delivered to Dogwood Lodge on Possum Creek. Today we returned to Dogwood Lodge. One crew sharpened and reconditioned trail building tools while another crew readied the lodge to receive volunteer college students arriving Sunday. We ended the day with a hotdog cook-out and some excellent cake baked by Jane Ellett.

Don's photos

Lunch in Dogwood Lodge after work complete

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

2 Trails With CHC

Larry Hill, Bob DeHart, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins accompanied Chattanooga Hiking Club on a trip to Spring City where we hiked the short trail to Stinging Fork Falls followed by a hike down Piney River Trail. The Piney River hike began at Newby Branch and for some, ended just a short distance beyond the Duskin Creek footbridge while the hard core group continued on to Spider Den Bluff before they turned around and returned to Newby Branch. Weather was excellent and resulted in t-shirt conditions before the day was done.

Don's photos

Bob's photos

Group photo at Stinging Fork Falls

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Possum Gorge

Today turned out to be a perfect day for hiking. There was still snow on the ground in many places but temperature was in the comfortable range. We don't see much snow around here so it added a new and enjoyable twist to hiking a familiar trail. With weather like we had today, what snow is left will be gone soon.

Don's photos

Group photo somewhere in Possum Gorge

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Signal Mtn Video

The video Bob, Carol, and I made of the Signal Mountain portion of Tennessee River Gorge segment of Cumberland Trail is complete.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Signal Mtn

Today Bob DeHart, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins completed a project we started Tuesday, recording video for the Signal Mountain segment of Tennessee River Gorge portion of Cumberland Trail. This day began by staging a vehicle on Suck Creek Road, then driving to the Rainbow Lake parking area atop Signal Mountain where our hike started. It's a long walk to Middle Creek Bridge and Cumberland Trail from our starting point but it's all down hill which makes it easy. It took most of the day to hike about 7.7 miles but we made many stops for recording and a few just to enjoy the scenery. We are all three now ready for a day's rest.

Group photo at Mushroom Rock

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Barker Camp

I accompanied Judy and TC Varner on an inspection of the proposed 1.2 mile route for a new section of trail between the new Barker Camp parking area and the Cain Creek Trailhead. When complete, it will add an enjoyable access path to the Cain Creek Trail.

While there we took a side trip down to Furnace Rock and Cain Creek where we encountered five kayakers navigating the whitewater.

Group photo at Furnace Rock on Cain Creek

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Signal Mtn

In preparation for out next Cumberland Trail video, Bob DeHart, Carol and Don Deakins hiked a short section of the Tennessee River Gorge segment recording video along the way. We began at Signal Point and hiked to Middle Creek Bridge, then followed the Rainbow Lake Trails back up to the Rainbow Lake parking lot. From there we road walked back to Signal Point. We are now waiting on another cloudy day to obtain video of the trail between Middle Creek Bridge and TN-27 (aka Suck Creek Road).

Group photo at Julia Falls Overlook

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Lockharts Arch Campsite

Back on May 24, 2010, Bob DeHart and I measured the Signal Mountain section of Cumberland Trail. At that time we thought the campsite along the trail between Middle Creek Bridge and Lockharts Arch was Lockharts Arch Campsite. I learned shortly afterwards that the campsite along the trail is not an authorized campsite and that Lockharts Arch Campsite was further down the trail beyond Lockharts Arch and away from the trail on a 390 foot long spur. Today, almost four years later, we decided to obtain correct distance measurements, which we did, and while there got to see the new swinging bridge over Middle Creek.

New Middle Creek Bridge

Bob at Lockharts Arch