Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Soddy Gorge with CHC

Today's hike with Chattanooga Hiking Club began with our staging vehicles at Soddy Gulf, then shuttling to rock climber's parking lot where hike began. This relatively short four mile hike contained lots of rugged sections which made it fun for some and not so much fun for others. Hiking along the trail above Deep Creek, we encountered a copperhead laying across the trail but, unlike most snakes, this one didn't wait around for his picture to be taken. Maybe the next one will be a little more sociable.

Don's photos

Group photo along Soddy Gorge Trail

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Prentice Cooper

Today is the perfect example of why a Cumberland Trail maintenance database is needed. After driving to Prentice Cooper State Forest and hiking with chainsaw in hand to a reported blow down on Mullens Cove Loop, we found it had already been cut. Looks like the big one had been cut with an ax and a smaller one with handsaw. The day wasn't a total loss. Weather was perfect for hiking and the trail between Indian Rock House and Snoopers Rock is an extremely nice segment overlooking Tennessee River. I'm ready to do it again but without a chainsaw on my back.

Group photo along Mullens Cover Loop Trail

Monday, April 18, 2016

McGill Map Data

Today's short hike on the new McGill Creek Trail was devoted to collection of map data for the recently completed section between Roaring Creek Trailhead and Brayton Road crossing. We measured length of trail with a measuring wheel and recorded GPS track logs. Total distance from Roaring Creek Trailhead kiosk to rock steps at Brayton Road crossing is 5490 feet or 1.04 miles.

Don's photos

Group photo at Roaring Creek Trailhead

Friday, April 8, 2016

Rock Creek Loop

Bob DeHart, Gary Buchanan, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins took a short maintenance hike around Rock Creek Loop. We were able to remove all trail obstructions except one which will require a chain saw. It's on our "To-Do" list.

Don's photos

Group photo on Rock Creek

Friday, April 1, 2016

BreakAway 2016 Day 17

Yesterday (day 16) was rained out except for about 1.5 hours of trash pickup before rain began. Today (the last day of BreakAway) we resumed the trash pickup in a dump site through which the trail is routed. After running out of trash bags, we moved across Brayton Road and began trail construction there but encountered more trash. The amount of garbage along Brayton Road is overwhelming. Sadly most of it will probably never be removed.

Don's photos

Picking up trash