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2010 Wall Calendar as PDF File - 2010 Hike Schedule as PDF File

Jan     Feb    Mar    Apr    May    Jun    Jul    Aug    Sep    Oct    Nov    Dec

Tennessee Wild Hike/Backpack Schedule
Benton MacKaye Trail Assn Hike Schedule



Sat, Jan 9, 2010 - Oswald Dome - 8 miles, strenuous, leader Randy Morris, 338-9464 Rescheduled to Feb 6
Sun, Jan 10, 2010 - Annual Planning Meeting
at 2PM at the office of James Anderson (
Family Resource Agency office building at 3680 Michigan Avenue), see Jan newsletter
Thur, Jan 14 - Monthly Meeting,
Michaels Restaurant in Etowah across from Bi-Lo, 6:30 PM
Sat, Jan 23 - Laurel-Snow Hike
. 5 miles, moderate, leader Jane Finch, 479-5933
Sun, Jan 31, 2010 - Athens Regional Park Hike -
3.1 miles, easy, leader Jane Bohannon,
745-9534 or 381-8388


Sat Feb 6 -  Oswald Dome - 8 miles, strenuous, leader Randy Morris, 338-9464
Thu Feb 11 - Monthly Meeting,
home of Debbie & Dave Flower, 6:30 PM, pitchin
Sun Feb 21 - Fort Loudoun State Park -
3.75 miles, easy, leader Bob & Effaleda Lee,
423-568-2501, or cell 423-507-5582
Feb 28 Sun - Harrison Bay State Park (4 mi) easy - Leader James Anderson


Mar 7 Sun    Turtletown Falls (4 mi) mod - Leader Marc Bernatti
Mar 11 Thurs    Monthly Meeting, Baptist Student Union, Cleveland State Community College, 6:30 PM
Mar 13 Sat    Tellico River Clean Up - registration begins at 8:00 am - contact Tellico Ranger Station, 423-253-2520
Mar 13 Sat    Metcalf Bottoms to Tremont (9.2 mi) mod - Leader Randy Morris
Mar 20 Sat    Beech Bottom Trail (9.4 mi) mod - Leaders Carol & Bill Kamm,
Mar 20 Sat    Hiwassee River Cleanup - 9AM, meet at Hiwassee/Ocoee River State Park Office off US411 just north of Hiwassee River Bridge on Spring Creek Road. Bring gloves, work boots and safety glasses.

Mar 21 Sun    Scenic Spur Trail (3.5 mi) easy - Leader Randy Morris
Mar 27 Sat    TN/NC BMTA Work Trip - Saw-A-Thon. We will continue to clear logs off the trail with chain saw and crosscut saw. We will meet for breakfast at the Prospectors Dining Company in Tellico Plains at 8AM or behind the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center at 9AM. We will leave from the visitor center to various segments of the trail. If Prospectors is closed, then meet at Tellico Grains for breakfast at 8AM. Contact Rick Harris at 423-253-6358 (home), 513-260-1184 (cell) or to let him know if you are coming.


April 3 Sat     Wild flower hike on lower Rock Creek portion of Cumberland Trail (3.3 mi) easy - Leader Kenneth Johnson CANCELLED, WILL BE RESCHEDULED
April 8 Thurs    Annual Joint Meeting with the Hiwassee Hiking Club, Etowah Baptist Church
April 9-11        Spring Wildflower Hikes, Leon & Pat Bates
April 10 Sat    Cohutta Wilderness Hike (14.5 mi) strenuous -- Leaders  Bill & Dianna Ristom
April 10 Sat    John Muir Trail (1-3 mi) easy - emphasis on wild flowers - Leaders Leon & Pat Bates
April 11 Sun   Benton Falls/McKamey Lake (1-3 mi) easy - emphasis on wild flowers - Leaders Leon & Pat Bates
April 17 Sat    Three Forks to Springer Mtn (10.4 mi) strenuous - Leader Randy Morris
April 18 Sun   Indian Boundary Loop (3.4 mi) easy - Leaders  Bob & Effaleda Lee - joint with Hiwassee Club
April 28  Wed - Nell's Cabin Hike - meet at 8AM at old Walmart parking lot in Madisonville next to Ingles or the Hardee's lot in Tellico Plains at 8:30. We will drive the skyway to Robbinsville, and from there to the trail on the edge of Fontana Lake. Bring a lunch for the hike. Round trip about 4 miles, fairly easy grade. Afterwards, we will go to Rick and Brenda's house to watch the movie, Nell ,and eat popcorn. Go to the blurb on this hike at this link for more information. Contact Rick or Brenda Harris, 423-253-6358 home, 513-260-1184 cell, This is a joint hike of the Sequoyah, Cherokee and Hiwassee Hiking Clubs.
April 24 Sat    John Muir Cleanup (3-6 mi) easy - Leaders Debbie Flower & Clayton Pannell


May 8 Sat     Whigg  Meadow (3.5 mi) easy - Leaders  Bob & Effaleda Lee, followed by lunch & mtg at 2PM @Brenda& Rick Harrisís
May 15 Sat     Starr Mountain (5.0 mi) mod - Leader Clayton Pannell
May 16 Sun    Cleveland State Nature Trail (2.0 mi) easy - Leaders Bill & Dianna Ristom
May 20-23       Southeastern Foot Trails Coalition Conference, DuBose Conference Center, Monteagle, TN
May 23 Sun    Cleveland Urban Hike @ Greenway & Tinsley Park (6 mi) easy - Leader James Anderson


June 5 Sat        National Trails Day, join the Benton MacKaye Trail Assn at the Whitewater Center for a fun day at the Ocoee. The BMTA has reserved the conference center at the Ocoee Whitewater Center for National Trails Day on Saturday, June 5.  Members are welcome to bring guests.  We will meet at the Center at 9am for a day of hiking followed by a potluck lunch in the conference room. Please bring a covered dish to share. Hikes of various lengths and difficulty will be offered.  Rafting is also available from the various rafting companies or watch the river action and cool off in pools of water along the river. RSVP to Pam Sullivan, 706-374-5281 or e-mail:  Letís get out, get together and have some fun to start the summer!  Hope to see a lot of you there!
June 12 Sat      Piney River Trail, Cumberland Trail
(10 mi) mod - Leader Rick Harris
June 13 Sun     Rhododendron Trail
(2.5 mi) easy - Leader Jane Bohannon
June 19 Sat      Blood Mountain (6 mi) mod - Leader Gail Gray

Sunday, June 27, 2009: TN/NC BMTA Walk-Thru - The TN/NC BMTA Walk-Thru is scheduled for Sunday, June 27.

We need each of you to go with at least one other person and hike a section of the BMT between the GA state line and Deals Gap at the south end of the Smokies. Volunteer for a section, or sections, by going to the BMTA walk-thru page at and sign up or email me and I will sign you up. contact me, Rick Harris, at or 423-253-6358.

This is a great way to spend a nice summer Sunday. If you are unavailable on June 27, you can go any other day, but you will miss out on the before and after activities. We plan to meet at Prospectors Dining Company for all-you-can-eat pancakes at 8AM in Tellico Plains, then we will meet at Michaels Restaurant in Etowah for supper at 5PM. Michaels has great pasta. I love their carboniera dish. If we have enough for the dinner, we will reserve the back room just to ourselves.

I ask that when you do your walk-thru, you do the following:
  1. You should not hike your own section. Let someone else evaluate your section. That is the fair and honest way to do it.
  2. Fill out the form which is attached and return it to me at the dinner or by mail or email later. The form is also available on the BMTA website on the walk-thru page noted above.
  3. If you have a GPS, please take it with you and waypoint the locations of big downfalls and sections which need a lot of brushing out or tread work and describe the work needed in your report. Then either send me your waypoint file from your GPS or put the waypoints in your report. The form is a Word document, so you can type right into it, then save it under the section name (such as: BMT-Section-13e.doc) and email or snailmail it to me. If you don't have a GPS, please describe the locations as best you can.
  4. Be sure to comment on the condition of the blazes. Are there too few, too many, in need of repainting, etc?
  5. Also note any confusing junctions which would benefit from a wooden routed sign. We have several available, thanks to Marty Dominy, to put out on the trail where needed.


July 8 Thu        No Monthly Meeting this month
July 11 Sun       Lower Hiwassee Canoe Trip
- Leader Clayton Pannell

July 24 Sat        Raven Cliffs (5.0 mi) mod - Leader Gail  Gray CANCELLED, MAY BE RESCHEDULED


Aug 7 Sat        Gregory Bald - strenuous - Leader  Rick Harris  CANCELLED, MAY BE RESCHEDULED
Aug 12 Th        Monthly Meeting - Quinn Springs Campground along TN 30, 6:30 PM, bring a dish for pitch-in supper
Aug 14 Sat        Donley Cabin & Sycamore Creek (4.5 mi) easy - Leader Jane Bohannon - joint with Hiwassee Club
Aug 21 Sat        Hooper Bald & Huckleberry Knob (4 mi) easy - Leaders Bob& Effaleda Lee - joint with Hiwassee Club
Aug 29 Sun       Lower Hiwassee Canoe Trip - Leader Clayton Pannell. Repeat of trip on July 11.


Sept 11 Sat       Hangover/Bob Bald (10 mi) moderately difficult - Leader Rick Harris
Sept 12 Sun      Unicoi Turnpike (3 mi) easy - Leader Marc Bernatti
Sept 18 Sat       Towee Creek
through new segment of John Muir Trail - Leader Clayton Pannell CANCELLED
Sept 24-26 F-S  Indian Boundary Campout with hiking & canoeing - Leader James Anderson CANCELLED


Oct 2  Sat          Coker Creek Falls (3 mi) easy - car shuttle - Leader Marc Bernatti
Oct 9  Sat          John Muir Cleanup (3-6 mi) easy - Leaders Debbie Flower & Clayton Pannell    
Oct 14 Thurs       Monthly Meeting - CSCC Baptist Student Center - 6:30 PM - hike before meeting at 5:30 PM
Oct 16 Sat          Panther Creek Falls - mod - Leaders Bill & Dianna Ristom ?CANCELLED?
Oct 17 Sun        Scenic Spur Trail - 3.5 miles, easy - Leader Randy Morris
Oct 24 Sun         Lookout Mountain Bluff Trail (4.5 mi) easy - Leader Gail Gray
Oct 24-Nov 4      TN/NC Benton MacKaye Trail Fall Backpack
Oct 31 Sun         Benton Falls (3.5 miles) easy - Bob Lee


Nov  6  Sat          Laurel Falls (5 mi) mod - Leader Kathy Seymour 
Nov 11 Thu         Monthly Meeting - Leon Bates home, 6:30 PM, pot luck
Nov 13 Sat          Possum Creek Segment of the Cumberland Trail (9.5 mi) strenuous - Leader Randy Morris
Nov 20 Sat          Turtletown Falls - 3.7 miles easy to moderate - Leader Marc Bernatti
Nov 27 Sat          Linda Davis Memorial River Walk (8 mi) easy - Leader Sunni Campbell


Dec 4 Sat           Big Frog (12 mi) strenuous - Leader James Anderson
Dec 12 Sun        CHC Christmas Party - Big Bear Cove Restaurant near Reliance, TN. Arrive Sunday at 1PM. Presignup with Randy Morris.