Sunday, August 27, 2017

Rock Creek Maintenance

Six volunteers hiked in about .7 mile on the Rock Creek access trail to remove a blow-down that was forcing hikers off trail. We removed the one major trail obstruction and left other less significant blow-downs for cooler weather. A group this size makes chainsaw work easier. Each person carried equipment which lightened the load for the person carrying the saw. Hopefully we can get this crew together again next month and get Rock Creek Trail clear from end to end.

Group photo at Rock Creek Trailhead

Trail before blow-down removal
Trail after blow-down removal
Bull session after work

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Off Road and Off Trail

Had a fun day at Prentice Cooper 4-wheeling with some experienced off-roaders which just happened to be all ex-SQN employees.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Painting Blazes

What was once a shortcut from Rock Creek Upper Trailhead to Boiling Spring Bridge and painted with blue blazes was reclassified to main trail a few years ago. Rock Creek Loop was originally the main trail and painted with white blazes to designate it as main trail. Today the colors were changed to match the revised trail classification. Now the loop is painted with blue blazes and the trail between Rock Creek Upper Trailhead and Boiling Spring Bridge is painted with white blazes.

Painting blue blazes on loop trail

Painting white blazes on main trail

Monday, August 14, 2017

4-Wheeling

We did something a little different today. Bob took his Kawasaki Mule and I took my Kawasaki Teryx to Prentice Cooper for a little back road exploration. We covered much more ground and exerted much less energy than hiking these roads. This could become habit forming.

Crossing Mullens Creek

Crossing Mullens Creek

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Prentice Cooper

We had 11 participants today, 8 people and 3 dogs. This hike was only 3.5 miles. The first 2.9 miles were on dirt roads and the last .6 mile on Cumberland Trail. It was a fun hike until the end when an encounter with yellow jackets resulted in the lead hiker getting stung.

Group photo on Maple Branch Road