TRAIL MAINTENANCE 2019
by Clyde Burnsworth
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Thurs, May 16th: We took a ride up to Big Stamp and worked the Rim Trail to White Oak Knob, it was a big job for the brush cutters Art and Bill. We also lopped and a little chain saw work as well. Not all that hot up on the rim today and that was a plus.Thanks to Art Rosenberg, Bill Cox, Tom Shope, Bill Johnston and Steve Dennison for the hard work today.
Thurs, May 9th: We went up to Brasstown Bald and worked down the Jack's Knob trail to Rt 180. Lots of work for everyone today, thanks to Tom Shope, Jim Upchurch, Art Rosenberg, Gary Carter and Bill Johnston. It was not so hot today and we met a hiker on the trail as well.
Thurs May 2nd: We split into two groups and the Coleman River group was myself and Jim Upchurch and Art Rosenberg. The Eyes on Wildlife Trail group was Frank Retter, Gary Carter, Gary Eggers and Tom Shope. We did a little brush cutting, chainsaw work and lopping. It was just warm enough to work up a little sweat and a fun time was had by all.
Thurs April 25th: We did the annual ATV ride with the USFS to the Chunky Gal trail near the AT junction, we worked back to Glade Gap and were grateful for the clouds and sprinkles keeping it cool we also were a bit delayed starting due to the road grater on the deep gap road just about tipped off the road. WE just were able to squeeze by. Thanks to Tom Shope, Bill Johnston, Art Rosenberg, Gary Carter and Gary Eggers for turning out
Thurs April 11th: We worked the Chunky Gal Trail from Perry Gap back to the peak. It was not as messy as last week working from the other side but still had enough work to keep us busy. Thanks to Bill Johnston, Steve Dennison, Bill Cox, Art Rosenberg, Tom Shope, Gary Eggers, and Gary Carter for the work today, the club hike next week should be a bit easier now. Reminder: no maint trip next week, and the following week is the annual Chunky Gal ATV ride by the USFS, please let me know if you plan to attend if you have not told me yet.
Thurs April 4th: We cleared the Chunky Gal trail from the second stairway above Glade Gap to the top of Shooting Creek Bald. The reports of down trees was accurate and it took a while to clear the trail. Thanks to Tom Shope, Bill Johnston, Art Rosenberg, Gary Eggers, and Ray Taylor. It was a fine spring day to out in the forest.
Thurs Mar 28th: We took a trip up Rockhouse Trail today, got as far as the start of the very steep part near the end. It was a wonderful day to be in the forest today, thanks to Steve Dennison, Bill Johnston, Art Rosenberg, and Tom Shope for turning out
Thurs Mar 21st: We went after the last of the ice damaged blow downs on Araquah Trail near mid trail. Also a bit of a slide area as well, the trail is 95% with a bit of a steep climb in the slide area to get thru, the blow downs are all gone. Thanks to Art Rosenberg, Bill Cox, Steve Dennison, and David Alsobrook for turning out
Thurs, Mar 7th: We had a fine sunny day to work on the top of the Wagon Train Trail. Lots of work clearing ice damaged trees. Thanks to Cara McKinney, Jim Upchurch, Bill Johnston, Steve Dennison and Tom Shope for turning out. We had a 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM day and saw two hikers on the trail.
Thur, Feb 14: We had a good turnout and a nice day to work the Arkaquah trail today
A lot of ice damage to clear but we got as far as the first vista that looks back toward the tower.
Thanks to Tom Shope, Jim Upchurch, Ray Taylor, Bill Johnston, and Gary Eggers. It was a 9:00 to 1:30 workday today and a very nice day to be outside
Thur, Feb 7: We went up to Brasstown Bald and cleared Jack's Knob out to where it starts down toward the Rt 180 parking area, and just the start of the Arkaquah Trail. There is a lot of damage from ice and wind on every trail near the top of the mountain. Thanks to Tom Shope and Bill Johnston for spending the AM in the fog and mist on the top of GA. We were out at 9:00 AM and back at 1:30 PM