Friday, April 28, 2017

Rock Creek Loop

Bob and I removed five blow-downs from Rock Creek Loop, three of which forced hikers off trail. We can now report that Rock Creek Loop and the access trail from lower trailhead are in good shape. Click link below to see time lapse video of two trail obstructions we cleared.

Time Lapse Video

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Rock Creek Inspection

Bob and I inspected Rock Creek Loop Trail and found that much chainsaw work is needed. Here's a map of the loop showing position of blow-downs followed by photos of trail obstructions. The worst ones (001 thru 004) are on the lower section of loop. 005 is on the upper section of loop and is easily stepped over so may not be worth carrying a chainsaw that far.

Loop map showing location of blow-downs
Numerous trees down at this location
This blow-down crosses trail in two spots
Another tangled mess with multiple trees
It they could all be this easy
This one on upper loop may not be worth going after
These are near spur trail to Leggett Point

Monday, April 24, 2017

Rock Creek Access Trail

Sale Creek was hit hard with high winds during yesterday's storm resulting in many downed trees. Wondering if the Rock Creek Trail added to its list of downed trees, Bob and I made a quick trip to Rock Creek and hiked the access trail from lower trailhead. We found no blow downs on this 1.2 mile segment but much of the trail was covered in running water. We plan to inspect Rock Creek Loop tomorrow.
Our usual break spot in Rock Creek was under water

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Frozen Head

Today was Chattanooga Hiking Club's first day at Frozen Head and my second. My first time hiking this trail was on August 1, 2009. It was strenuous then but over the last 7.5 years has become torturous. I'll have to get younger to climb this mountain again.

Group photo at top of Bird Mtn

Taking a break after reaching main trail

Lunch break at retention pond

Retention pond

Barbara at Mushroom Rock

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Trail Maintenance

We cranked up the chainsaw and headed into Soddy Gorge on a cool morning to remove a trail obstruction reported a few days ago. It wasn't as bad as we expected but was forcing many hikers off trail to get around it. There are many more blow downs on the Soddy Gorge segment but the trail between Soddy Gulf and Big Soddy Creek Bridge is now clear.

Group photo at work site

Before

Cleaning up

After