2008 TRAIL MAINTENANCE HOURS
All trail maintenance hours need to be reported to Jim Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org. This includes Georgia and North Carolina trails. Please email Jim with the hours, including travel time, and in what state the maintenance was done.
MOUNTAIN HIGH HIKERS TRAIL MAINTENANCE HOURS AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2008
1. Jan 28 The class at Vogel was 3 hours of lecture and the rest practical in the Park; mostly Bear Hair Trail
2. Feb 8 Chunky Gal; mainly trail clearing especially numerous blow downs and overgrown areas of 5.9 miles
3. Feb 15 & 16 Miller Trek: trail clearing he found an uprooted tree that has fallen right across the trail. It is over 1 foot in diameter and folks need to go around it which means going off the trail to do that. The location of the downed tree is on the north side of the trail with the orange blazes between where the blue blazed trail branches off and the green blazed trail
4. Monthly Helton Creek beer bottles and cans with some paper trash maintained 2x a month for 3 hours
5. Mar 18 Yellow Mt Trail, The Shope Gap Trail and The Millhouse Creek Trail, all in the Coopers Creek area . All of these trails are clear and in good condition. We followed the Yellow Mt trail from the campground to the top of Yellow Mt but did not go down the back side to Addis Gap. (next time) The only item on the Yellow Mt Trail is a fallen tree, about 1 foot in diameter, which is hanging 5 feet above the trail. The tree is located about 100 ft north of the intersection of the Coopers Creek connector trail with the Yellow Mt trail.
6. Maintenance work shop
7. Feb 7 Review proposed work sites at Chunky Gal
8. Mar 20 High Shoals Clearing the trail of water, created several run offs and cleared other areas to facilitate water drainage; racked out leaves, minor tree lopping, and some work to cut a very large tree (David) until he got the chain saw caught in a squeeze.
9. Mar 24 Chunky Gal work done.
10. April 8 Chunky Gal and torn out two sets of decrepit stairs and built two new sets from scratch
11. April 17 Arkaquah Trail—minor work trimming brush and lopping branches; really this trail was not bad at all.
12. April 22 Coordination with USFS on incentive awards
13. April 20 Wagon Train Trail—from YHC to the second gate inside the wilderness area and back. Cleared three sections with several piled-up blow downs. Not able to cut the big trunks but cut branches in order to make the areas passable.
14. April 22 Arkaquah Trail—Cut all big blow downs. Largest was 28”.
15. April 25 Fires Creek Trail—Light clearing to determine work that will need to be done.
16. May 1 Fires Creek Trail—Remarking the trail and sawing fallen trees/branches.
17. May 7 Fires Creek Trail (Leather Wood Falls Loop)—trail clearing.
18 May 7 USFS—gather some equipment
19. May 14 High Shoals—trail clearing.
20. May 15 Wagon Train Trail—clearing the trails of large logs and rerouting the trail in three sections to facilitate water run off.
21 May 20 Desoto Falls—trail clearing
22 May 22 Hiker Transportation to Brasstown-GA—cancelled.
23 May 22 Fires Creek Trail-NC—clearing the trail
24 May 26 Wagon Train Trail-GA—removed fallen branches, opened clogged water run-offs cut 6 blow downs; sent areas to be evaluated to USFS for determination.
25 May 28 Chunky Gal-NC—trail clearing, clarifying route, sawing limbs and major weed whacking and brush clearing.
26 June 5 Chunky Gal from Perry Gap to Tusquittee Gap-NC—weedwhacking, trail clearing, sawing down limbs, etc.
27 June 7 Trackrock Road petroglyphs-GA—built a retaining wall
28 June 9 Arkaquah Trail-GA—cutting back of vegetation from Trackrock Gap to Buzzard Roost and back.
29 June 10 Coordination with Tusquittee Ranger District-NC and picking up equipment.
30 June 12 Fires Creek at Leatherwood access trail-NC—cutting very tall grass
31 June 17 Wagon Train Trail & Arkaquah Trail-GA—cut vegetation from Brasstown Bald Parking area to boundary of the Wilderness.
32 June 19 Wagon Train Trail from the college-GA—cleared water runoffs; cutting small trees, moving sediment, debris and blow downs.
33 June 27 Chunky Gal-NC—blazing an unmarked path into a fully marked and cleared side trail to Shooting Creek Bald (Boeteler Peak).
34 Monthly Trail Maintenance Record keeping—1 hour per
35 June Miller Trail-GA—clearing, weed whacking, clipping
36 July 5 Chunky Gal-NC—From Bob Allison campground north half way to Tusquittee Bald clearing, lopping and sawing.
37 July 1 Cooper’s Creek trail-GA—clearing and removal of smaller debris
38 July10 Leatherwood Loop-NC—shored up several sections of trail and made six water bars; Bristol Cabin Trail, Rim Trail, and Omphus Trail.
39 July 13 Trackrock Gap-GA—cutting vegetation branches.
40 July 14 Miller Trek—GA—weeded, cleared 3 small tress and lopped
41 July 17 Jack’s Knob from Brasstown Bald parking lot to hwy 180—GA—trimming.
42 July 21 Miller Trek-GA—weed eating and lopping of upper portion
43 August 1 Chunky Gal-NC—clearing, blazing, repainting blazes
44 August 3 Miller Trek-GA—mapping entire trail with marked blow downs, lopping and moving small trees off trail
45 August 7 Chunky Gal-NC—from Tusquittee Gap approximately 2.5 miles toward Bob Allison Campground; weedwacking, lopping and small tree clearing
46 August 23 Desoto Falls-GA—cleared drains and lopping
47 August 23 High Shoals Falls-GA—cleaned water bars, lopping and weed clearing; signs to stay on trails have disappeared; have blow downs 100 yards from trailhead and 100 ft. from the turn at the double blazes—need chainsaw.
48 August 24 Jacks Knob and Miller Track-GA—removed fallen twigs and branches; Miller Trek requires chain saw and blazing work (This info received after the August report was produced so numbers are included in the September report.)
49 Sept 4 Fires Creek and Chunky Gal-NC—trail clearing of overgrowth
50 Sept 7 Jacks Knob and Miller Track-GA—removed fallen twigs and branches; Miller Trek requires chain saw and blazing work (This info received after the August report was produced so numbers are included in the September report.)
51 Sept 14 Fires Creek Leatherwood Loop—NC—cutting of brush
52 Sept 17 Tusquittee Ranger District First Aid and CPR Training-NC
53 Sept 18 Brasstown Bald and Arkaquah Trail—GA—clearing debris and some sawing; Coopers Creek—GA—adding, repairing and removing trail blazes
54 Sept 22 Equipment Maintenance--NC
55 Sept 23 Chain saw Training—NC
56 Sept 24 Equipment Maintenance—NC
57 Oct 2 Chunky Gal from Perry Gap to Glade Gap and Shooting Creek Bald—NC—trail maintenance; cut blowdowns
58 Oct 16 Miller Trek—GA—Removed orange blazes and replaced with lime green
59 Oct 28 Fires Creek Rim Trail—NC—corrected erosion problems
60 As Required Equipment Maintenance/Coordination—GA
60A Nov 2 Arkaquah Trail—Buzzard Roost—GA—cleaned up blow downs.
61 Nov 6 Chunky Gal to Tusquittee Bald—NC—lopping and cutting
62 Nov 7 First Aid, CPR & chain saw training—GA
63 Nov 12 Fires Creek Rim from Big Stamp to Peachtree Bald--NC—cut a blow down, did blazers, trimming
64 Nov 20 Wagon Trail—GA—clearing leaves, lopping and built two small runoffs
64A Nov 26 Arkaquah Trail from Brasstown Parking Lot to Trackrock Gap—GA—cut wind falls, cleared blow downs
65 Dec 13 Equipment Maintenance/Coordination—NC
65A Dec 14 Miller Trail—GA—cleared extensive debris
66 Dec 16 Coordination—NC
67 Dec 18 AT & High Shoals—GA—lopping, raking
68 Dec 29 Fires Creek Rim Trail and Bristol Cabin Trail—NC—improved newly retoured section; cleared blow downs debris; channeled running water
When you work on the trails please send the date, the name of the trail, what state it is in, and what was done or found. If there are any discrepancies, please contact Jim Reynolds at email@example.com
TRAIL MAINTENANCE AWARDS PROGRAM
A: Small USFS Volunteer patch (green/white) for 20 hours
B: Large multi-colored USFS patch for 40 hours
C: Hours bars (worn below patch)
1. 50 hours
2. 100 hours
3. 200 hours (available at 100-hour intervals to 1000)
D: USFS baseball cap for 75 hours
E: USFS windbreaker jacket (limited size availability) for 100 hours
AWARDS AS OF OCTOBER 31, 2008
MHH TRAIL MAINTAINERS
We appreciate those members who have agreed to chair each trail maintenance team and hikers who’ve already adopted trails. Chunky Gal, Brasstown Bald, and the Duncan Ridge Trail are still in need of additional maintainers. Please remember that all active hikers are required to participate in at least one trail maintenance activity each year.
To date, club members have volunteered approximately 410 hours in Georgia and approximately 340 hours in North Carolina during 2006. This is considerably less than the combined hours of 1153 for 2005. It took us awhile to get organized this year, so I am confident that our hours will increase during 2007.
Team Leaders in Georgia:
Brasstown Resort: Miller Trek: Ted Gustafson and Bill Oswald
Helton Creek Falls: Bobbi Tower
High Shoals Falls: Ben Kennedy
Wagon Train Trail: Bert Kunze
Arkaquah Trail: Bert Kunze
Coopers Creek: Frank Maloney
Team Leaders in North Carolina:
Chunky Gal: Bill and Johanne Kittle
Fires Creek: Larry Zarefoss, Sandy Nicolette, Jack Dugger
Leatherwood Falls Loop Trail: Gary Thompson
John Quinlan is storing and maintaining the Georgia equipment, and the North Carolina equipment is being stored and maintained by Larry Zarefoss and Sandy Nicolette. Feel free to call them if you would like to borrow club equipment to use on a trail.